What Is The Procedure?
1. You need to know and understand what you are signing. I am not an attorney and I cannot draw up legal documents, explain their meaning or give you an opinion of them.
2. The signer and I must be in the presence of each other and I must see the signer sign the document. Never sign a document ahead of the appointment!
3. The signer must have a current, valid photo identification. I must be satisfied that you are the person you say you are and the name on the ID must match that on the document. It must be a government issued photo ID. A social security or medicare card is not acceptable identification. I will ask you to sign my journal.
4. After I have identified you, I may ask a few questions. This is to determine that you understand the purpose of the document; in some cases additional questions may be asked to determine competency.
4. After you have signed the document, and any required oaths have been administered, I will fill in the notarial certificate and apply my seal.