(888) 605-NOTARY

Blog

Blog

The Department of State’s Disciplinary Actions: January – February 2021

April 8, 2021 By Clay Mason

The Bureau of Election Services and Notaries took the following disciplinary actions against notaries public in January and February 2021:

A Lancaster County notary is suspended for 3 months. Such suspension is immediately stayed in favor of probation, with the notary required to attend six hours of approved notary education and pay a civil penalty of $250. This action was based on the notary’s failure to be familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a notary public.

An Adams County notary permanently and voluntarily surrendered her notary commission, because she failed to be familiar with the duties and responsibilities of a notary public by notarizing a document and failing to require the appearance of all parties subject to the notarial act, failed to establish identity through personal appearance of the person executing the instrument to be notarized, failed to properly maintain a notary journal recording items including the date, character, and/or parties to the notarial act, and charged a notary public fee in excess of the fees fixed by the Secretary of the Commonwealth

Read More

Mobile Notary Services vs. The UPS Store

April 8, 2021 By Clay Mason

From mortgages and prenups to statements and sworn affidavits, there are a wide variety of documents that will fail to hold any legal weight if a notary doesn’t verify your signature.

Although using a UPS notary may seem like your best (or easiest) option, there are plenty of reasons to choose a mobile notary instead.

Read More

Can You Notarize For a Family Member?

April 8, 2021 By Clay Mason

“Can I notarize for a family member?” is one of the most common questions our notaries get.

It’s a natural – and often innocently posed – question.

Nothing is more convenient than having a qualified and capable family member when it comes to the aspects of life we consider “mundane.” Tasks like notarizing documents can certainly fall into that category.

Read More