Notarize A Will In California

A will is not required to be notarized in the state of California, but a notary can act as one of the two witnesses required to sign. I recommend clients speak with an attorney to have the documents prepared properly before meeting with a notary. A notary cannot help someone prepare a will as this is considered the unauthorized practice of law, which is illegal in the state of California.

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Notarization For Medical Patients

As a San Diego mobile notary, I’m sometimes hired to meet clients at a hospital, hospice or other medical facility.  Medical patients can present some challenges to both the notary and the signer. There are ethical and procedural issues that must be considered when performing a notarization in these facilities. Hiring a professional San Diego notary can make a big difference when you need help during these difficult times.

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How To Complete A Notary Journal Entry

Notaries are responsible for helping prevent fraud and coercion when important documents are involved. One of the steps a San Diego notary takes in safeguarding the public is through the use of a notary journal. This journal serves as the notaries personal record of all the notarizations they have performed. The notary can keep relevant notes about the signer and the documents in case there is ever a question of fraud.

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When is Notarization Not Allowed?

A California notary is subject to the laws and guidelines set forth by the California Secretary of State. A notary may refuse to notarize a document for reasons related to the document, the signer, the notary themselves, or other factors. A notary may not refuse to perform a notarization for discriminatory reasons such as gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. A notary may not refuse to notarize a document for reasons based on personal their own personal beliefs.

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Why Choose a San Diego Mobile Notary?

When people need a notary in San Diego, it’s often on short notice. It can be difficult to find the time to drive to a postal center only to have to wait in line. People frequently call me because they drove all the way to the shipping center only to find that the notary isn’t there and now they’ve wasted their valuable time. Why not hire a San Diego mobile notary instead? Let me take the hassle out of your notarization by driving to your work, home, school, yoga studio or campsite (yes, I’ve notarized a document at a campsite before).

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Notarizing for the Physically Impaired

Sometimes my clients are unable to sign their documents due to a physical handicap. In these situations, there are some helpful tools, tips and procedures that can be used to accommodate the signing. Signature by mark and powers of attorney are two commonly used procedures that can help the signer if they are unable to sign their name. If the signer is visually impaired, a signature guide card or reading glasses can be helpful tools. For the hearing impaired, the notary must be able to communicate through some other method such as written communication. As you can see, this can be a complicated process so hiring the right San Diego notary is important.

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Avoiding Fraud And Coercion When Notarizing For The Elderly

Unfortunately, elderly fraud and coercion are more common than one might think. Notaries are often the first line of defense in combatting this crime, so it’s important to know what to look for. A professional San Diego notary will always check that the signer is alert and aware and take steps to ensure that the signer is doing so of their own free will.

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Mandatory California Notary Wording

California has some of the strictest notary rules in the country. These high standards are in place to help protect the consumer, but can end up causing problems if the notary doesn’t use the proper certificates. In 2015, the California Secretary of State enacted new rules to help protect consumers. Those rules require specific wording to be contained in a box above the notary certificate. A San Diego notary should always examine the client’s paperwork to make sure the proper California notary certificate is used. Failure to use the proper certificate could result in the notarization being invalid.

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What Are The Requirements To Become A California Notary

The California Secretary of State sets the minimum requirements to become a California notary public. A person must be at least 18 years old, a California resident and may not have any felony convictions on their record. The individual must also complete mandatory training and file a bond with the county in which they work. Of course, these are just the minimum requirements, or what some notaries refer to as “the mirror test”. Before hiring a San Diego notary, be sure to check out their credentials, background, if they are a member of the National Notary Association or other trade groups, and whether they present themselves professionally on their website and on social media platforms.

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2017 National Notary Association Conference

More than 400 notaries from around the country attended the 2017 National Notary Association Conference in Dallas Texas. The conference focussed on a variety of topics, but one of the main topics they focussed on was digital and remote notarization. There were multiple panels and sessions on the laws, technology and case studies about how the new technology will affect notaries going forward. As a San Diego notary, I look forward to seeing this technology adopted by the California Secretary of State.

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