What is a notary, anyway?
A notary public is an official appointed by the State to serve as an impartial witness related to the signing of important documents. Notaries are ministerial officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written laws without discretion, as opposed to judicial officials, who make decisions in regard to the application of the law.
What does a notary do?
A notary’s primary responsibility is to screen the signers of important documents — such as property deeds, plats, wills, powers of attorney, etc. — for their true identity, their willingness to sign, and their understanding of the document and its contents. Some notarizations also require the notary to put the signer under an oath, declaring under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct.
When and/or why would I need to get a document notarized?
First and foremost, having a document notarized protects against fraud, in that the notary has ensured that the people signing a given document are in fact who they say they are. In some states, notarization is mandatory for deeds, mortgages, easements, powers of attorney and living wills. Having certain papers notarized also is important during legal disputes. For example, sworn statements will not be considered by a court unless they are notarized.
Why is your service more expensive than going to a bank or a tax office?
The benefit of using a mobile notary service is having the notary come to you, at your convenience, versus trying to find a notary outside of a standard 9 to 5, Monday through Friday window. The $30 rate covers our travel time (within a 5-mile radius), the cost of the notarization itself and any additional expenses. Check out our Rates and Services page for detailed information.
I need to get a document notarized at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve/Memorial Day/Chinese New Year. Can you help? Am I a horrible person?
We can absolutely help you, and you’re not a horrible person at all! Often people don’t realize they need a notary until the last minute, which is why we’re available 24/7 to assist our clients. Just keep in mind that notary services on weekends and holidays may incur additional fees.
Is a notary allowed to officiate a wedding?
Not in the State of Texas. However, Thomas holds ministerial credentials that are not related to his notary public commission, so he is able and happy to officiate weddings.
Why is there a flying lion holding a scroll on your front page?
The winged lion is one of the symbols of St. Mark the Evangelist, patron saint of notaries.
From an astrological perspective, what are the ruling planets of notaries?
Mercury and Saturn.
Why do you even know that?
Your guess is as good as mine.