Often people will ask me if I’m scared to go out to someone’s house, especially at night. Once, when I was almost through with a late-night signing, the signer suddenly said he had to get the signing done that night because he had to go back to jail the next day. I left as soon as I could.
Once, once when I was a new Texas notary public, I got the date wrong and had to go back and do the whole thing over. Why did that happen? The client told me the date—and I did not check. Now, I always make sure I know the date of the signing. Remember that you are in charge—not the signer.
I’ve been in all kinds of houses and have seen all kinds of people. I’ve been at signings where cockroaches were running across the table, or where the smell of animals in the house was so strong I almost fainted. Atone signing, I was pregnant, and I had to ask the family if I could do the signing outside because I felt sick. It was actually the smell inside the house that was a problem—but I just smiled my way through it, and didn’t make them feel it was in any way their fault. They ended up recommending me to some really nice other people who didn’t have any animals at all.
I get a lot of work as a Texas notary. Definitely explaining to people what they are signing helps, and that’s one of the things I’m known for. Remember that for a Texas notary, it’s necessary to prepare an invoice for all signings, so be sure you have all that done in advance. I’ve done signings on top of cars at midnight, and because I was prepared, it was pretty quick. Once I had to do a signature by mark for a whole document (250 pages) because the woman had arthritis. It took a long time but I just had to be patient. Patience pays off—because so many people show no patience at all today. If you have it, you need to spread it around. Being a notary is one way to help others see that being a decent person is still in style.
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