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.
Brian Dowd of PAN’s Business Development office discussed identity theft at the monthly meeting of the York County Paralegal Association held at the York County Bar Association office.
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.
The Electronic Notary Journal of Official Acts (Enjoa) made its debut with much fanfare in 2003. Billed as a new system that would broaden the use of digital signatures in the U.S., the $550 hardware-software package allowed notaries to save a digital record of a signature, thumbprint and digital photograph of an individual requesting a notarial act.
PennDOT reminds motor vehicle agents and messengers that they must provide an active E-mail account to receive Driver and Vehicle Service Updates.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Atlantic Bonding Co., and its owner, Marc C. Zinman, of Pompano Beach, Florida, for selling notary appointment and reappointment packages to Pennsylvania consumers and failing to deliver them.
Notary public administrators (NPA) from across the country met recently in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the 10th annual National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) NPA summer conference.
One of the conference highlights was a panel discussion on the “State of the Notary Public Office and the Future of Notarization in America,” with Pedro Cortes, secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and current president of the NASS; Al Jaeger, secretary of state of North Dakota; and Elaine Marshall, secretary of state of North Carolina. Alicia Steward, NPA president served as moderator.
“Can I act as both the notary and the witness?” is a question that many notaries ask PAN’s Customer Service Representatives.
Notarizing one’s own signature is prohibited, yet on some forms you can act as both the notary and the witness. How so?
If one-stop shopping was the goal, then Allegheny County has achieved what it set out to accomplish with the notary commission process.
When a complaint is filed against a notary, what do officials from the Department of State check first?