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April 7, 2020

Lose the attitude…

Filed under: Carmen Towles — admin @ 8:46 am

Many notaries come to me for advise and assistance with notary and loan signing procedures. On occasion I get folks that have a chip on their shoulder for whatever reason. I know this ’notary signing agent business’ can be perplexing and just plain hard to break into. The main problem is that most folks that come into to this profession are not sufficiently trained in their states notarial procedures. So when notaries reach out with questions it is for some of the most basic notarial acts. Things truthfully, they should just know. This is the Secretary of States job which most have failed miserably. Many states don’t have any examples of where to place their stamp or even how to fill out an acknowledgment or jurat but many do and its worth it to look into their handbooks to check.

On this particular occasion, a notary texted me a copy of a jurat and had no clue as to where to place her seal despite the fact to me at least it was obvious that these was a ton of space to the left of her signature. She asked me if this is where she ws to affix her seal. I wrote back 2 word only; ‘Ummm, yes’. I mean where else would you put it. It was the most basic part of her job that she should know. She wrote back quite annoyed that how was she supposed to know this?, blah, blah, blah. Well, how about for starters, getting your notary handbook out and giving it a try, Most folks just focus on loan signing without preparing for what’s really important. THE NOTARIZATIONS!!!

She went on to rant in a text that this is why folks are afraid to ask questions. Well guess what?, you better ask questions. Being a notary can be costly for you and the person you are notarizing signature on documents for. She stated that I sounded annoyed and she was sorry to bother me and that was that. Folks getting an attitude is not helping the situation at all. You had better get all your questions answered and know what you are doing BEFORE you touch anybody’s documents for your sake and theirs. If you don’t ,you will pay the price in more ways than one. And if a little “Ummm”, was enough to set you off then maybe you need to rethink this whole notary signing agent thing.

Why anybody wants to get into this profession without knowing everything about it is beyond me.



  1. A NOTARY JOB is NOT ROCKET Science. Even if these IDIOTS cannot get to understand a simple jobs, they should not be in this. Simply hang up or ignore such beings who lack back problem solving skills such as where to place the stamp.

    Perhaps , making closing notary agent job full time as per the latest california bill , will weed out these MORONS.

    Comment by Ray Diallooooo — May 6, 2020 @ 5:44 pm

  2. Thank you , thank you, thank you! I have been in the industry for 5 years now and the 1st order of business was to order a Notary Handbook for my state. I am in Georgia so only do very few actual loan signings. To address your comment “Why anybody wants to get into this profession without knowing everything about it is beyond me”. One reason perhaps is all the you tube videos promising monthly income of $8000 or more. The videos of course give all the potential upside ( lots of money, little time investment, etc etc) without any of the responsibility or knowledge actually needed to be successful let alone within legal compliance of State laws and Notary protocols. I’ve literally had 3 different people contact over these past few years seeking ‘mentor-ship’ because they’re too lazy to put in the work of actually learning. Anyways, just my experience so far. Thanks for your blog. 🙂

    Comment by constance davis — May 6, 2020 @ 5:48 pm

  3. I totally agree with you 100%. Why wouldn’t anyone start a job and not know what they are doing or the jobs requirements. If you don’t know what to do and why for general notary work they should never attempt to be a notary signing Agent.

    Comment by Arlene Vincent — May 9, 2020 @ 12:47 am

  4. Sounds just something Carmen would say. Loved her blunt answers.
    She gave it to ya straight

    R.I.P. my friend……Im gonna miss you

    Question: who’s replacing her.

    Comment by Jannette Yvonne Thompson — January 11, 2021 @ 7:45 pm

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