Notary Blog: The Notary’s Signature Notarized

I’d like to send a big “Thank you!” to Ms. Ellenburg over at the Cherrydale branch of Wells Fargo for notarizing my signature on documents today.  While I usually solicit the assistance of fellow Greenville Notary Public Bethinina Gary of Upstate Mobile Notaries, LLC, she was on her way to field a signing appointment.  So what to do?  Well, of course I searched long and far, and then kind of short for another Notary Public that could assist me.

I figured I would travel to an area bank to see what I could do.  Ms. Ellenburg was very knowledgeable to the fact that she COULD NOT by her company rules notarize on behalf of signatures involving Real Estate transactions.  Also, to note, in the State of South Carolina, it is not required for a Notary Public to record particular transactions.  Although the bank has specifications on recording, it only makes sense to record each and transaction you perform.  Recording doesn’t stop at signature notarization.  Whenever you, as an administrator of your home-based business office perform any duties relating customers, it may be a good idea for you to record it because you never know what may happen.  The following situations have occurred in my tenure as a Notary Public and I wouldn’t wish them upon anyone:

* An unrelated party to a document signed by a Principal called into our line requesting that a Power of Attorney signed be revoked.
* A spouse whose significant other passed away was not included on the death certificate record, therefore I was called into court to verify I married them.
* A witness party to an Assisted Living Facility signing claimed that they were coerced into witnessing a document because the Agent was dishonest.

Point is, there are situations that can occur in your line of duty that you cannot prevent.  You are a professional, yes, a fortune-teller, no. Therefore, make sure you record each and every transaction that comes across your business.

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