Types of Notarizations
Do you need to certify contracts, deeds, and other documents by a government licensed signing agent? We can notarize your legal documents accurately and fast.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What you should know before your appointment
What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is a state appointed individual who provides services to the public. The Notary verifies the signer’s identity using their approved identification and takes acknowledgment of the signer executing the document, or administers an oath and witnesses the signing of the document. The Notary Public does not give legal advice, complete documents, or verify that the documents are true or legally binding.
Why get something notarized?
A notary public carries a legal commission to witness signatures and, in most states, will place a notary seal on signed documents. Although most official documents do not need notarized signatures, a notary seal means that the notary public verified the identity of the document signer, administered an oath or even affirmed that the signer that the statement they are signing is truthful.
What does a Notary Public charge?
The fees vary based on distance traveled, and the number of signatures notarized. The state mandates a maximum fee per signature which all Notary Public’s abide by, however, they do not mandate what the maximum that can be charged for other fees. (such as travel etc) The maximum fee per signature is $2 as mandated by the State of New York.
Why can’t I notarize a blank document?
It is required by law to be complete at the time of signing. This is both because it is required by the Notary Public, and because it is a good way to prevent fraud. If a signer signs an incomplete document, someone else can alter it in an unfavorable way that the signer did not intend to sign.
Can you Print, Deliver, Overnight, or Scan a set of documents?
Yes, we offer lots of additional services to accommodate your transaction efficiently and entirely. Let us know what you need. Additional service charges may apply. We have large printer/copier/scanners to attend to large print jobs effectively.
Do you have a notary to visit a hospital or nursing home?
Yes, we visit hospitals and nursing homes frequently. These notaries need to be handled with care to protect the signers. We do take extra precautions to ensure everyone is protected. The signers must have satisfactory ID. The signer must be in a good state of mind to make sound decisions. The signer must not be under the influence of medications or any substances that will affect their decision making process. The signer must be willing to sign the documents on their own accord. We do ask a series of questions to ensure a signer is oriented, fully understanding the nature of the documents. This is for everyone’s protection.
Acknowledgment or Jurat?
A notary Acknowledgement certificate is typically attached to a document upon request when a person appears before a notary and ‘acknowledges’ they have signed the document presented. The document is often signed in the presence of the notary although a signer is allowed to sign beforehand. This is the most common form of notarization.
A notary Jurat certificate is typically attached to a document that a signer has sworn or affirmed truthfulness to before the notary. The notary administers an oath before the signer. The jurat certificate reads, “Subscribed and Sworn before [notary]”, the notary signs the certificate and attaches it to the document.
A notary cannot decide which form a client should use. Before the appointment the client must make the determination of what form suites them best.
Proper Identification / ID
- New York State Drivers License or ID card.
- A U.S. State Department issued U.S. Passport
- Drivers License or ID card issued by another state.
- U.S. Military identification
- Foreign Passport