Notary Tips

Grow Your Notary Business This Holiday Season

by American Association of Notaries
The holiday season is upon us, and there is no better time to promote your business than now. Here are four ways to use your business during the holidays! (more...)
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Handling Incompetent Signers

by American Association of Notaries
Unfortunately, there are a number of families that wait until tragedy hits to start trying to get their estate fairs in order. Depending on the severity of the tragedy, it could be too late to use the services of a notary public. (more...)

Simple Steps to Dispose of Your Notary Stamp

by American Association of Notaries
Have you retired? Chosen another line of work? Decided not to renew your commission? Whatever the reasons are, you are now in the possession of a notary stamp that is no longer necessary. To protect yourself from liability and to ensure your notary stamp doesn't fall into the wrong hands, you will need to render it useless. (more...)
Listed in: Notary Supplies

What is a Notario Publico?

by American Association of Notaries
In its simplest form, the term notario publico translates to notary public. On a deeper level, however, the difference between a notario publico and a U.S. notary public is vast, and therefore it can be problematic for notaries to use this particular terminology in the United States. While a notary public in the United States is authorized to perform specific notarial acts and practice limited discretion, a notario publico in many Latin American countries is an individual who has received the equivalent of a law license and who is authorized to represent others before the government. (more...)

Notarizing Documents in Foreign Languages

by American Association of Notaries
I've had this question come up twice in the past couple of weeks, so I thought it would probably make for an interesting article. As notaries, we are approached to notarize documents for a number of different reasons. (more...)

Everything a Notary Must Know about an Apostille

by American Association of Notaries
According to the Hague Conference on Private International Law, An apostille is a certificate that authenticates the origin of a public document. In order for the apostille to be used, both the issuing and receiving countries must be party to the Apostille Convention. Additional information about the Apostille Convention can be found in the publication ABCs of Apostilles. In addition, the following link provides a list of countries belonging to the Apostille Convention. (more...)

Summer is Split-signing Time for Notary Signing Agents!

by American Association of Notaries
Vacation time is here, school is out, and families have started traveling. Notaries will see a few more split-signing appointments than usual. (more...)

Can a Notary Sign for a Disabled Person

by American Association of Notaries
I've had several appointments during which the signer was unable to physically sign his name to a document. I can see the family members are really worried about this when it happens. Many want to know if they can sign for the signer. I have to explain that unless they've been given a power of attorney by the signer, I am unable to notarize a document signed by them for the signer. (more...)

Resources to Help with Your Notary Business

by American Association of Notaries
I receive numerous phone calls and emails from notaries and other people who are interested in starting their own notary public businesses. These inquires come from all over the United States. They all want to know how to get their businesses started. (more...)
Listed in: Marketing, Mobile Notary

Can you notarize this photograph?

by American Association of Notaries
A notary should be prepared to explain to a client that notary law does not allow notaries merely to place their official notary seal and official notary signature on a document or photo in order to make it acceptable by the receiving party. A notary is almost always required to administer an oath or take an acknowledgment and complete a notarial certificate pertaining to the notarial act he or she performed. (more...)
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