By Carol Salter—I concluded a notarization a short time ago. The young couple needed a benefit form notarized. He is a fire fighter and she is a nurse. As I looked at his t-shirt and thought about his fellow fire fighters who recently lost their lives in South Carolina, I thought about how fire fighters…

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By Kelly Robertson—Do you ever think about what a difference a loan can make in a borrower’s life? Funding could mean a first home for a young couple, finally paying off large or old debts, a bride-to-be’s wedding day, capital for a new business, college tuition or a badly needed remodel or room addition. We,…

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By Melissa Haley—Have you ever had a borrower answer the phone to talk about their latest vacation, get the kids ready for bed, search for their ID for longer than a few minutes/reasonable amount of time or grab the documents and start flipping through them on their own? As a Notary Signing Agent, it is…

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By Linda Kassis—How do we determine if someone is competent to sign? We are not doctors of body or mind. Similar to the situation of UPL, we are not certified to make that determination yet we are asked to be certain of willingness and awareness of the signer. An attorney at the Iowa Notary Conference…

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By National Notary Association—The Notary you need to employ is a valuable asset whose role is to prevent fraud and ensure the smooth and successful transaction of business. What many people don’t understand, however, is that Notaries are required to follow state Notary laws, even if the laws conflict with your wishes.

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By Victoria Anton—The importance of administering the oath when notarizing an Affidavit was brought to light publicly when it affected an election proposal in Oregon. The Board of Elections found some of the signatures on petitions for the proposal had not been properly notarized because the oath was not given.

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By Carol Salter—Notarizing healthcare documents can seem formidable. When the notary truly understands the ramifications of the document to which they are affixing their notarial seal, this task can seem intimidating. But consider the alternative. If a member of the general public does not have certain stipulations in place or incorrectly notarized documents, the results…

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