Notary Publics

A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government — typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts. Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written rules without the exercise of significant personal discretion, as would otherwise be the case with a “judicial” official.

A Notary’s duty is to screen the signers of important documents for their true identity, their willingness to sign without duress or intimidation, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction. Some notarizations also require the Notary to put the signer under an oath, declaring under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct. Property deeds, wills and powers of attorney are examples of documents that commonly require a Notary.

Common Documents

    • Agreements & Contracts
    • Consent to Travel
    • Copy Certification
    • Department of Licensing Documents
    • Marriage License Applications
    • Estate Planning Documents
    • I-9 Verification
    • Power of Attorney
    • Vital Records Requests

 

Fees vary by state per acknowledgement or signature witnessed: CA – $15, WA – $10

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