Notary Education

A Hospital Signing Incident: Reduced Mental Capacity

By Tim Gatewood—I received a call this week from an adult daughter of a man who had recently had a stroke and had been moved to a rehabilitation hospital here in Memphis. She wanted me to come to the rehab hospital to notarize a letter from her dad so she can “get the ball rolling”…

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Can A Notary Public Certify Copies?

By Tim Gatewood—When I first became a Notary Public, I was a Legal Secretary. My attorney boss was in the habit of making certified copies of documents that he prepared. He had a rubber stamp that he used for the purpose & he would sign each place it was stamped.

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The Power of One Voice

By Carol Salter—I am constantly amazed at the power of one voice. If you look down the corridor of time, you see all the decisions, events and votes that were cast that changed the course of history. In 1776, the English language was chosen over German as the official language, by one vote. In 1876…

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Guardianship

By Carol Salter—As mentioned in previous articles, I work in a hospital. Requests for notarizations are as diverse as the patients we serve. Notaries who serve in the hospital setting are never sure what they will be asked to notarized which makes life exciting and/or terrifying depending upon the level of competence and knowledge of…

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Healthcare and the Notary: A Patient’s Dilemma

By Carol Salter—I work in a hospital. I love the healthcare atmosphere and the wonderful care I see given to patients every day. Occasionally, I get a call to go to a patient’s room to notarize a document. Yesterday was just such a day and away I went with my rolling National Notary Association “office…

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Getting Ahead in Reverse (Mortgages)

By Kelly Robertson—When I was d loan signings regularly, I took a particular interest in Reverse Mortgages. I’m no expert but I’d love to share a few facts that I’ve learned along the way. As a loan signing agent and notary instructor, I realize that what we’re notarizing means nothing to us: don’t analyze; just…

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Who Are You Really?

By Carol Salter—The longer I have been commissioned as a Notary Public, the more I am called upon as a verifier of one’s identity. In this age of identity theft, illegal immigration, terrorism-shadowed world travel and just overall heightened alertness, the Notary has been called upon to verify identity.

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Every Season Tis the Season…to Be Excellent!

By Carol Salter—(At the time I wrote this article, my house was on the market.) Yes, I am attempting to sell my house during one of the most turbulent times in the housing industry. We made the decision to send my daughter to a new school and decided that it would be easier to move…

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What A Notary Should Know: eNotarization

By Marlene Miller—If you are hearing more conversations about electronic notarization these days, that’s no surprise. eNotarization is gaining momentum as a desirable business model in many industries, including the mortgage loan industry. You are probably wondering if you should learn more about it or if it will ever apply to you at all. Here,…

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Know Your Role As A Notary Signing Agent

By Melissa Haley—A Notary Signing Agent has but one function, witnessing the signatures of borrowers on loan documents in accordance with the notary laws of the state in which the notary is commissioned. Knowing your role is critical in performing the function for which you are hired.

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