It can cost a notary $950 for failing to be sworn in, recording his or her bond and registering his or her signature as required by Pennsylvania Notary Public Law.
You must replace your rubber stamp seal every four years when you renew your commission or upon changing your name, or municipality and/or county of record.
Demand Personal Appearance.
Anyone who wants you to perform a notarial act must be in your presence, in person, at arm’s length, meaning no more than a few feet in front of you.
You know you are looking at an affidavit when you see …
Notary tidbit: The Pennsylvania Notary Public Law states that your notary rubber stamp seal is your exclusive property no matter who paid for it. If you are terminated by your employer, he or she IS NOT allowed (by law) to keep your notarial equipment, even if the company paid for it.
Always record your notary fees in your register.
A Power of Attorney does not normally require the services of a notary. As a notary, you may not compose a Power of Attorney because this is considered an unauthorized practice of law.
A customer who is unable to sign their name because of illiteracy, blindness or other disability may ask you if a stamped signature is acceptable. Although a stamped signature is never acceptable for notarization, there are alternatives you may suggest to your customer.
The 2010 Tax Relief Act, which reduced the self-employment tax by 2 percent for notaries who own a sole proprietorship or signing agent business (and other self-employed individuals) continues on 2012 income.
Affidavits are one of the most common acts performed by notaries. Yet, oftentimes it is difficult to distinguish between different variations of affidavit forms.
To recognize an affidavit, look for the following information: