A notary public witnesses the signing of important documents and verifies the signers’ identities, their willingness to sign the documents, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction. Institutions rely upon notaries so they may have full faith in important documents.

What things need to be notarized?

If you want to operate a company or conduct property asset transactions, you will need business or real estate notary services. While not every important document requires notarization, some documents that do require witnessed, verified signatures include:

  • Articles of incorporation
  • Memorandum of understanding documents
  • Vendor contracts
  • Commercial leases
  • Employment contracts
  • Property construction loan agreements
  • Real estate contracts such as Purchase Agreements and Lease Agreements
  • Financial statements
  • Loan documents and Credit reports
  • Court documents
  • Passport applications
  • Mortgage closing documents such as Deed of Trust, Affidavit of Title, Correction Agreement, Compliance Agreement, Occupancy & Borrower
  • Affidavit, Notice of Penalties, Signature & Name Affidavit, and Disclosure of Closing Conditions (DCC), among others.

What is the legal impact of notarized documents?

Notary services are absolutely essential for law firms. Notarization has a legal impact on the contract as it converts a private document to a public instrument. Notarization also prevents fraud in legal documents and contracts. Other documents that often require notarization are:

  • Power of attorney
  • Medical documents
  • Sworn statements
  • Affidavits
  • Trusts
  • Wills such as testamentary wills also known as last will and testament depending on the regulations of the state
  • Property deeds such as general warranty deeds, special warranty deeds, quitclaim deeds, deeds of trust, and special purpose deeds

What are the most important purposes of notarization?

By notarizing significant documents, you can protect yourself from fraud while providing the same peace of mind to others. Perhaps even more importantly, many government agencies and industry authorities require notarization to make documents official.

For example, all parties in many financial contracts must verify their identity before an authorized third-party notary before signing final agreement documents. Notarization provides legal legitimacy with a verified mark of authenticity.

Who needs a notary the most?

While remote and mobile notarization is more commonly used by real estate agencies, financial institutions, lending professionals and attorneys, the average person will also need to work with a notary on a handful of occasions. From buying a new house to caring for an incapacitated loved one or getting married, there are many reasons people must secure the services of notary.

Do all states have notaries?

Most U.S. states and jurisdictions only authorize commissioned notaries public or other notarial officers recognized under state law to perform notarial acts within the borders of the commissioning state or jurisdiction.

Can I get notarization services online?

While locating and procuring notarization services has traditionally been more cumbersome, modern technology has, thankfully, made working with a notary easy and efficient. Today, it is possible to complete the entire notarization process online without ever leaving your home or place of business.

Remote online notarization (RON), as provided by First Class Signing Service, offers even more convenience than the on-site services of mobile notaries by completely doing away with the need to meet face to face.

For professionals eager to finalize agreements or move on to the next phase of operations, waiting for the traditional notary service process to make a document official can be hugely inconvenient if not entirely exasperating. For this reason, the normalization of mobile/remote notarization for financial institutions, major law firms, and other notary-reliant organizations should come as no surprise.

How do First Class Signing Service remote notary services work?

Every bit as secure and legally valid as traditional and mobile notarization, remote notarization is easy to obtain through First Class Signing Service. Our notaries and Certified Legal Document Preparers can provide anything from doc prep services to eRecording management.

Need a remote signing? Send us a request, and we will handle the rest.

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