I Need a Mobile Notary!

April 18, 2016

I Need a Mobile Notary

Contracting a mobile notary is an efficient and convenient way to have your documents professionally notarized.  Many people prefer the privacy and personal service of signing in their own homes, offices, a nearby medical facility or even the local little league field.  This method can also be quite cost effective when scheduling an appointment with a notary public in your immediate area.

What should I know before I call?

As much as we love to help, your notary is not an attorney and cannot answer legal questions regarding your documents.  Contact your attorney or the originator of the document if you have concerns.

The document signer(s) must have a current form of identification.  Identification must be government issued such as a driver’s license, state I.D., passport or military I.D.  The identification must be current, or if expired, issued within the last five years.  Please double check and have your I.D. handy when your notary arrives since notarization cannot proceed without proper identification.

The signer must be mentally and physically capable of signing a legal document.  Your notary should engage in a conversation with the signer(s) to ascertain their capacity and their knowledge of the documents they are signing, as well as their acknowledgement that they wish to sign.  This is important to know as I see many elderly folks wait too long to take care of their estate and health care instructions which can be very frustrating and sad for the family.  If the notary ascertains that the signer does not have an understanding of the contents of the document and/or doesn’t indicate confidently that they wish to sign, then the signing is over and the individual who contracted the notary is still responsible for the cost of the appointment.  If a signer has certain physical limitations that might make signing difficult, please share this with your notary when you make the appointment.  Many times there are tools or methods that your notary can employ to assist the signer.  Knowing your concerns in advance may greatly improve the chances of a successful notarization.

What should I do before the notary arrives?

Before your notary arrives please read your documents carefully.  Pay close attention to details such as names, dates and addresses.  If the name(s) on your identification does not match the name(s) printed on the document, it is likely that it will not be notarized.  If there are blank spaces you will want to fill in the appropriate information. (Please contact your attorney or the document originator if you have questions.) Do not sign the document until the notary arrives.  Leave the notary section blank for them to fill in.  Everything else should be complete.

To comfortably sign your documents it helps to have a nice clean flat surface such as a dining table or desk.  To protect against spills, please remove any liquids from the signing surface.  Have your identification handy and be prepared to sign when your notary arrives.

If the signer is elderly, on pain medication, or in the hospital I recommend that the appointment be made at a time when the signer is at their best.  This means well rested, alert, and not too recently medicated.  If the signer cannot stay awake or cannot communicate to the notary that they understand what they are signing, and are not alert enough to physically sign, then the notary will need to end the appointment.

With the right information and preparation your signing will be a breeze.  I hope this knowledge will help you to have a successful, convenient and stress free notarization.  Please call me at (562) 822-6783 if you have further questions, I am happy to help!

All the best,

Camille Leonardo,

Meridian Mobile Notary, meridianmobilenotary@gmail.com