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October 22, 2017

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Notary Blog of Sonita M. Leak, CNSA | Happy National Bosses’ Day – For Bosses with Employees and Those Without

Every National Bosses’ Day is a special day for me.  It is a day where I can celebrate being my own Boss to both my Notary Service and Wedding Officiant businesses.  When I began my journey, there were so many naysayers.  I had people that I thought were in my corner saying that I needed

Notary Blog: “Did You Know That Notaries in South Carolina Could Marry Couples?”

With prior scheduling, most couples look to their Pastor or a local Minister to marry them. Many of the local Ministers and Pastors are also Notaries Public. They, with proper ordainment, already have the authority to marry these couples. Some couples choose to have a large formal ceremony. Some couples choose to have a small elopement before their larger ceremony. Some, just want the no-frills paperwork signing. If by chance you want the quick route to marriage, or if you just want to legalize the process before your ‘Big Shebang’ Ceremony later, a Notary Public might be your better option.

Notary Blog of Sonita M. Leak, CNSA | Happy National Grandparents’ Day!

Although you should honor your Grandparents every day of the year, today has been selected to single them out.  So why don’t you?  Go ahead, call your unsuspecting Grandma and Grandpa up and tell them how you truly feel about them. Did you know that Grandparents’ Day originated in 1978 and in the United States

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Notary Public Blog of Sonita M. Leak, CNSA | Closed During the Eclipse and Slightly Available on Monday 8/21/17

Due to the upcoming Solar Eclipse slated to ‘show’ its face on the afternoon of Monday, August 21, 2017, GreenvilleNotary.com will not provide Notary nor Marriage Services around the timing of the event.  Should you need Notary or Marriage Service, however, I would be glad to assist you either before or after the event. Due

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Notary Public Blog of Sonita M. Leak, CNSA | Happy Independence Day from My Family to Yours

FYI: On this Tuesday, July 4, 2017, Notary Public Service WILL be available as regularly scheduled.  I do not take OFF on holidays, well, unless there is an absolute emergency. Tons of memories are created on the Fourth of July. I’d like to bring back one memory from two years ago that really made my

Notary Blog | Mid-week Romp Around Riverplace in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina? Check!

This morning’s marriage ceremony (Wednesday, May 10, 2017) took place directly outside of the Starbucks located at 550 South Main Street, Suite 100, Greenville, SC 29601. Congratulations are in order for the couple married officially ON PAPER to have a large and more intimate ceremony at a later date.

Notary Blog | Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day to All In-Office

Whether you are in a Virtual Office or a Brick-and-Mortar one, Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day to all who serve. Service through Carpal Tunnel, endless days and nights at the computer, suffering from eye strain (or not). Take it from this Notary Public, being an Administrative Professional can be a tough job!

Notary Blog: Two New Residents at Haywood Mall

Often, I receive emails from different people regarding what we CAN and CANNOT do as Notaries Public here in South Carolina. As it is a given, we are not attorneys, however, as a Notary Public Signing Agent, companies rely on me to complete additional duties that are NOT synonymous with being an attorney. Some question whether we work in the capacity of a….

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Notary Blog: Second Visit to the Haven

A very complex, private assignment was carried out at this location on the afternoon of Friday, December 23, 2016. The assignment was assisted by Antron Holden, Sr., a student and mentee of GreenvilleNotary.com Owner Sonita M. Leak. Antron is the CEO and Owner of AikenNotary.com, based out of Aiken, South Carolina. Mr. Holden acted as witness during the transactions.

Notary Blog: Call by 11, There by 12

While visiting their loved one, who made an unexpected trip to the Greenville Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, then up to the Heart Institute Intensive Care Unit, one of a patient’s relatives made a call to GreenvilleNotary.com. While the Notary Public was on the way to take care of another situation, information was provided via text to get to the signers in urgent need of assistance.

Notary Blog: Private Signing at Memorial Medical Offices

The call rang in at 7:08 a.m.  Yes, here at GreenvilleNotary.com, we answer early calls, late calls, all hours of the day calls.  (I feel like I’m intertwined in a Dr. Seuss book.) Although traffic was rough, the challenge was met for some pretty rough and ready signers who were in a jam with documents

Notary Blog: Durable POA at GMH STAT!

Although Social Media is all the rage, so is the privacy of our precious signers in their time of need.  Although information about signing are provided on GreenvilleNotary.com, each and every customer is treated with kit gloves, and for those who wish not to disclose their particular situation to the public, it is NOT disclosed.  Never will we disclose information regarding certain transactions, including, but not limited to birth, death, nor accidents.

Notary Blog: Toasting Up to Texas Title

It’s great to work with new title companies.  Well, it can be.  Notary Public Signing Agents must be careful in their dealings with companies that offer jobs in our areas.  This is something essential that i teach when I have my seminars and consultations with local Notaries Public. Promises to pay and large signing fees

Notary Blog: Plundering Around Piedmont, SC

A late-night signing on behalf of a not-necessarily-on-purpose repeat customer was performed on Monday, November 28, 2016. The initial phone call for service rang in at almost exactly 9 o’ clock the morning of for the caller’s mother.  There was a predicament because the relative’s mobility was limited.  After a few moments on the phone

Notary Blog: Happy Thanksgiving!

“Being thankful and giving thanks goes a long way. So, for today, we would like for you to be thankful for everything you’ve experienced in life. Some of us go through struggles, are delivered from them, may still be going through them. Learning to be thankful for what you do have, as opposed to what you do not have, can be all the difference between a fool and being wise.”

Notary Blog: Service with USPS Delivery

On the evening of November 4, 2016, a caller rang into GreenvilleNotary.com’s lines at 5:36 p.m. and by 5:46 p.m. the Notary was by his side signing a Form DS-3053: Statement of Consent – Issuing a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16.  Not only did the signer need to sign the form before a

Notary Blog: Private Signing at St. Francis Downtown

A very private signing occurred at the Downtown Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in the afternoon of Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  Thanks to a flyer distributed to his place of business almost two years ago, a local business owner finally had the need for a notary, and a mobile one at that.  No intimate details

Notary Blog: Footing it to OJ’s Diner

On the run early this morning, GreenvilleNotary.com Owner and Notary Public Sonita M. Leak received a message from none other than Temeka Cook, Owner and Sole Proprietor at EventMaker, LLC. Temeka is a repeat offen… um, er, uh… customer of our notary service for a reason.  She knows that she can rely on fast, accurate and

Sorry… Not Sorry This Notary Service is Open For Business

Yes, not many people I’ve come across today realized that it was a federally-recognized holiday.  Even I, as I showed up at the front door to my local post office didn’t realize that it would be closed.  So, along with the post office, local banks followed suit. Needless to say, although today is a federally

Notary Blog: Service to Shut-In Resident in Easley

Notary service for those who are sick and/or shut-in is a delicate process.  Today’s signing was no different from the others we’ve seen where signers are unable to leave their home, an assisted living facility or hospital bed in order to have their signatures notarized on items.  Another issue for those signing may be mobility,

Notary Blog: Hampton Inn and Two Weddings?

Saturday night is LIVE AND POPPING in Downtown, Greenville!  So much so that the streets are crowded with people and the traffic, at an almost stand still. That doesn’t prevent the notary from getting the job done, however.  A signing originally scheduled for Spill the Beans coffee-house was diverted to where our signers on a

Notary Blog: Notarizin’ at Cleveland Park, Downtown Greenville

GreenvilleNotary.com was OPEN for business as per usual on Labor Day.  Two notary assignments happened on this fairly festive day where we celebrate not working.  It’s never a dull moment here with notary service, especially when we have to provide it during major U.S. holidays. Today was no different.  Many of the repeat customers I

Notary Blog: Notarizin’ on a Sunday for Debra Bruton – Keller Williams REALTOR®

“Proud to be a part of the Keller Williams family of REALTORS®, as we TRULY can call on one another in the time of need.” Off to a fresh start of contracts for the week, Debra was in need of a notary public for service to her clients on the weekend, and Sunday no less.

Notary Blog: Private Document Signing at Berea High School

A notarization doesn’t stop the show.  While in attendance of Freshman Bulldog activities at Berea High School; still on the job.  A repeat customer needed a document notarized, and she needed it… well… THEN!  The Financial Declaration of said signer was signed by our customer, her signature notarized by State of South Carolina Notary Public

Notary Blog: Dude, They Stole My Car!?!

In the evening of Friday, August 5, 2016, I received a very frantic phone call from a repeat customer who was at wits end.    Although we were in the middle of family happenings, service to this customer would still soon be realized.  One of the perks of being a GreenvilleNotary.com customer is that we

Vehicle Title Transfer | North Carolina to Duncan, SC

Late evening service was requested on the evening of Friday, July 29, 2016 for two South Carolina residents, one traveling from Abbeville County and the other residing in Duncan. Although both parties were South Carolina residents, the title in question was one hailing from North Carolina.   In the State of North Carolina, title documents

FemCity Greenville: Join Owner Sonita Leak at Runway Cafe Today!

“Please join FemCity Greenville…” This will be a great lunch meeting. Get together with other Female Business Owners and listen to Sonita Leak, Owner of GreenvilleNotary.com. The Topic of this presentation will be on The Follow Up! The focus is not on you, it’s on your customers! Businesswomen, Sonita will discuss customer service and follow-up tips

Notary for Private Documents for EverConvert.com Employee

“The Social Media sphere-of-influence draws Search Engine Optimists to the table in one swoop!” Late evening on Sunday, May 15th, a local resident called into GreenvilleNotary.com‘s lines to have some Very Important Documents signed and then notarized by a notary public. The service was for, not that evening, but for the next morning, on a

Notary for Private Documents | Panera Bread

“Busy day, busy day.” So when we thought the day couldn’t get any busier, the last signing of the day occurred at Panera Bread, 6015 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Taylors, SC 29687.  It must have been “Panera Bread Night“, like Thursday, April 21st was “Jimmy John’s Day” because the restaurant was packed! Due to the very private

Notary for Private Docs | Port City Java Greenville

“The afternoon appointment didn’t come without its flaws.” The afternoon and evening phone lines were jumping at GreenvilleNotary.com, so much so that we had to use a little get-up-and-go power.  This is usually accomplished by a healthy, hearty, BIG OLE NAP on the part of Owner Sonita Leak.  A local party had three documents she

The Notary Will Be There in 8! | Next Innovation Center

When the caller dialed into GreenvilleNotary.com for the second time in his life, it was because…” he performed a search online to find us. Thanks a bunch. We appreciate the caller’s repeat business so much that we guaranteed an eight-minute arrival time. Yep, dropped everything, arrived to the signer one minute shy of the promised

Notary for Private Docs | Fairview Park

“A repeat caller who called into GreenvilleNotary.com previously, called us ONCE AGAIN!” The relative of two signers called once again, however, this time, the signing took place in a different location than the first. We definitely thank the signer for the callback and repeat business. From Greenville to Simpsonville we traveled. Meeting local residents in

Notary for Vehicle-Related POA | Dunkin’ Donuts

The signer of a (and this was the name) Notarized Power of Attorney met with GreenvilleNotary.com Owner Sonita M. Leak on the afternoon of Sunday, April 10, 2016. Fearing not being able to find a notary public on the weekend, the caller phoned our notary service earlier in the morning in the hopes that at

Notary for Private Documents | McDonald’s

This is the first signing we’ve had to conduct at a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in a long time.  It was definitely ‘one for the road’, as GreenvilleNotary.com Owner and Notary Public Sonita Leak met with the two signers party to two private documents on the way from Seneca, South Carolina to the Greater Greenville Association

Notary Event: Care & Coffee | Coffee Underground

“This is an event you don’t want to miss!” No, it’s not the most exciting stuff in the world, however, having these Very Important Documents signed and sealed may be the difference between having your loved ones covered, assets protected or falling into the pitfalls of Eminent Domain controlling your estate, fighting and family disconnect.

Notary for GB&D | Golden Brown & Delicious

“Hey ya’ll, there’s a new restaurant opening up on the West End, yes, on the West Side of town…” It’s name? GB&D, which stands for Golden Brown and Delicious. Closely related to The Village Grind where many on this part of town know its name, right next door will be chuck-full-o’, not just their famous

Notary for Private Assignment | East Side of Greenville

A Private Assignment was conducted bright and early on the morning of Tuesday, March 8, 2016.  Due to the privacy of the event, can only inform you that it in fact did occur;  also, that we, as notaries public, can and do perform other operations than signing paperwork. While in operation of my normal notarial duties,

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