What is a Notary ?
What if every time you refinanced your home or assigned your mail to go to a P.O. Box, you needed to go down to the courthouse and be sworn in by a judge? Inconvenient much?
A notary public eliminates the need of going before a judge every time the general public wants to enter into a contractual agreement with one another.
In more technical terms, A notary public is a state official, who has been background checked, screened and commissioned, to act on behalf of their state. A notary’s main responsibility is to be an impartial, 3rd party that verifies a signer’s identity through credible sources. It is also necessary for the notary to be confident that the signer is not being forced to sign and that he or she has a general understanding of the document to be signed.
Now that you have a general understanding of what a notary is, It’s also important to emphasize what a notary is NOT. A notary is not an attorney, which means he or she cannot give legal advice. A notary does not explain a document or ensure that it’s fair or legally binding. All parties involved need to understand the document and willingly sign, and it can be notarized!
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