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I was shocked to discover that NONE of the notarizations on my own trust documents, nor the notarization on my mother’s Power of Attorney, would have held up in court if they had been challenged (despite being created by very reputable attorneys) because the notaries in their law offices did not notarize them properly! I won’t let that happen to you!
All notaries are required to take and satisfactorily pass a six-hour course of study approved by the Secretary of State of California prior to appointment as a notary public. That’s as far as most notaries go. I am in the top 1% of notaries, nation-wide with advanced trainings and certifications, and participate in weekly calls and trainings, as well as mentor other notaries. I specialize in trust signings and real estate loan signings, but also enjoy individual notary requests. I love being a notary, and I do this full time, all day, every day!
I am a mobile notary, which means I come to you! We can meet in the comfort and privacy of your own home, a mutually agreed upon public place, or my office in Palm Desert (Hwy 111, near Cook). Please note that I work by APPOINTMENT ONLY, but same day appointments are possible, upon availability. I am on the road much of the time, so it is not possible to just stop by the office for a notarization. An office appointment does not eliminate a travel and convenience fee. The vast majority of my clients choose to meet at their homes.
I service the Palm Springs area cities of: Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage.
For a direct quote for your particular document, and time, please call or text me at: (760) 800-8500. If I am at an appointment when you reach out, I will get back with you as soon as possible — that may be a few minutes, or a couple of hours, depending on the type of service that I am providing to my existing client. There is typically a travel and convenience fee of $50-$100, plus $15 per notarized signature (per Secretary of State guidelines), but please contact me for a quote for your situation.
The most common ID is a Driver’s License, State ID or Passport. The ID must be current, non-expired, or issued within the last five (5) years. The name on the ID must support the name that appears on the document. The ID can have more of your name than the document, but not less. We can discuss ID vs document names, or exceptions, when you contact me. If when we meet, the ID name does not support the name on the document, and the notarization is not performed because of that, the travel and convenience fee is still due.
Payment is due at time of service. I accept cash, check, Zelle, Venmo or credit card.
Many people think that they have a document that needs to be notarized. In actuality, it is the signature on the document that is notarized. A notary verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of the document. In most cases, notaries are proving that the person that is named in the document, is the person that actually signed the document. In other cases, a notary is certifying that the person physically signed the document in front of the notary, made a statement about the document and took an oath to its truthfulness. A notary can also administer oaths or affirmations. A notary is a public official, appointed by the Secretary of State of California to be an impartial witness.
The steps for a notarization are:
- Personally appear
Everyone that needs to have their signature notarized, must personally appear before the notary, face to face. No exceptions.
- Have identification
You must have a valid ID, typically a state Driver’s License, state ID, or Passport, which must be current, or have been issued within the past 5 years. The name on the ID must contain at least the same name as what appears on the document, or more (for example, the ID can contain your full middle name, and the document have a middle initial or no middle name). We can discuss ID vs document names, or exceptions, when you contact me. If when we meet, the ID name does not support the name that appears on the document, and the notarization cannot be performed, the travel and convenience fee is still due.
- Document must be completely filled out – no blanks or missing portions
By law, a notary is not permitted to provide you with any forms or documents, or give you any advice on how to fill it out. If you have questions about what document you need, or how to fill it out, you should contact an attorney or whoever will be receiving the document to advise what they need. I will visually scan the document to make sure that there are no blanks or missing portions, before the document can be notarized. Most documents will already contain verbiage that advise the notary which notarial act to perform. If that verbiage is not present on the document, a notary is not permitted to decide which notarial act to perform. In that case, either the person who will be receiving the document needs to decide, or you can decide after I describe what the choices are.
- Sign the notary journal
Details of your transaction will be written in my notary journal, which takes a few minutes to complete. You will be required to sign the notary journal, and provide a thumbprint.
- Document is stamped by the notary
The notarial certificate on your document will be filled out and stamped, to complete the notarization.