Being a small business owner, I do business with small business whenever possible. This will be more important over the next few years as more and more small businesses suffer the effects of new taxes and healthcare mandates. I stopped by Mail N’ Such at Custer and 15th to drop off a UPS package. I learned that there is a new owner and we had a good conversation.
What does this have to do with being a notary? Mail N’ Such has a notary on staff. I get lots of calls for notary services and am normally available but there are times when I am not. One thing my customers appreciate is that if I’m unable to help, I’ll give referrals where possible.
If you’d like to learn more about Mail N’ Such, please visit their website, just click on the business name. They are open M-F, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Their phone number is (972) 633-8898. Mr. Miller is the new owner and he has an IT background so he may be able provide more services than you would expect.
Mail N’ Such provides Notary Services, Shipping/Packing, Copy/Printing, Fax, Private PO Boxes, Internet Access, USPS pickup and document scanning to mention a few.
Banks may not notarize your documents
Many businesses, including banks, are restricting the types of documents their employee notaries can notarize. Many are only allowing them to notarize documents produced by the bank or corporation. I regularly receive calls from banks on behalf of a client they can’t help.
Wills are at the top of the list for documents the bank won’t notarize. Wills typically require two witnesses and a notary. The will requires the maker to sign in the presence of the witnesses and the notary. The signer, witnesses and the notary must all be together in the same room at the same time. Since the document is self-proved, the witnesses will also have to provide their home addresses for the notary record book. The notary record book is a public record.
Getting witnesses from a public place?
Some people want to snag witnesses in a public place. It probably isn’t a problem as long as each witness is okay with having their home address written in the notary record book and in most cases on the actual document. The form of the document will depend on the attorney preparing it. I’ve seen versions prepared under a recent statute which don’t require witness addresses but most I’m seeing continue to request the witness’ home address.
If a local attorney prepares your will and other estate planning documents, most will include providing a notary and witnesses as part of the fee.
Did you know that in Texas and most other states…….
- A notary public is not a notario or notario publico?
- A notary public is not authorized to practice law?
- A notary public may not give legal advice or prepare legal documents?
- A notary public may not charge a fee for preparation of immigration documents or represent someone in immigration matters?
When I get a call requesting notarization, before I make the appointment, I ask questions about the document. I want to be sure the document has the necessary information. I’ve received many calls for notarization and after asking a few questions determined that there is no notary language. Most of these documents are from other countries, normally Powers of Attorney. The caller insists that it must be notarized and they don’t understand that I can’t tell them what notary language to use.
More and more people are creating their own documents online. If they use one of the online legal services there is at least a proper certificate but some are just copying another will from a relative and don’t have a notary certificate at all. Once again, I have to tell them that I am not an attorney and to answer their question would be practicing law therefore I must decline to answer the question. There is a very thin line between being helpful and practicing law.
“I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN TEXAS AND MAY NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE OR ACCEPT FEES FOR LEGAL ADVICE.” This is the motto by which a Notary Public must work. There are attorneys who are also Notaries and they may practice law and give you legal advice.
Power of Attorney
I will not be available for notary assignments from November 3, 2011 – November 7, 2011. I have asked another notary to cover for me so please call Toba if you need services during this time. You can reach Toba at t972-898-4828r. Please disregard the letters at the beginning and end. This is to prevent spammers from automatically collecting telephone numbers for spamming purposes.
I can’t guarantee that Toba will be available as she too has other commitments but please contact her if you need a notary and I am not available.
Toba is also a mobile notary signing agent if you happen to be a real estate agent or title company representative.
I am primarily a mobile notary because most people who need me aren’t able to leave their home, hospital or nursing home. If you just need a notary and can come to me, call for availability.
It’s easy to find a notary during the day but if you need one after hours or on a weekend you’re out of luck. I can’t promise I’ll be available when you call but you won’t know if you don’t. If you come to me, standard notary fees apply.