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:
As a new notary, you may get flustered when a customer approaches you about notarizing a document. It takes practice to remember what to ask, what to check, what to record and what to charge. To keep yourself on track to a smooth notarization, follow these guidelines.
To redact or not to redact, that is the question. Redacting is quite simply the process of hiding information in a document. A redacted document, such as a notarial register, has had personal information deleted or blacked out for privacy or security reasons.
As an independent contractor or sole proprietor of a notary or signing agent business, it’s important to understand self-employment (SE) tax.
An unlocked vehicle sitting in a driveway or parking lot is a tempting prize for a thief.
It’s been eight years since the federal government cracked down on Web sites that offered templates for fake drivers’ licenses.
It’s not a notary’s responsibility to act as a collection agent of unpaid or overdue bills for a company or business entity. So placing your notarial seal on a final notice doesn’t give the document any legal authority.
Notaries provide assurance to the receiver of a notarized document that the signer personally appeared, was properly identified, took an oath or gave an affirmation and signed in the presence of the notary.
The notary’s testimony to these facts, in the form of the notary’s signature and stamp, authenticates the document and helps prevent fraud.