Notary services may be required for certain documents in order to have legal effect. Given the formal and corresponding significance of legal documents that must be notarized, state governments have deemed it necessary to utilize a trained and certified individual to assist with their execution. A “notary public,” following his or her official appointment, performs as a quasi-public officer to attest to the proper execution of these important documents. A notarization is generally an assurance made by a Notary Public that a document’s signature is genuine, that the signer acted without duress and that the signer intended the terms of the document to be in full force and effect.
Most requests for notarization involve the signing of documents. In all cases, all signers and any required witness(es) must be present for the notarization. You’ll need to bring acceptable ID as required by your state along with all pages of the document being notarized.
Types of documents that may require notarization:
- Licensure Applications
Preparation for Notary Services
To prepare for your notary services, remember to bring a valid, government issues photo ID with you. Laws vary by state and some documents may require witnesses in addition to the notarization. In some cases, a notary public might not be legally allowed to simultaneously act as a signature witness.
Before you schedule your financial center appointment, we suggest you do not sign or date the document as some documents must be signed and dated in the presence of a Notary. Make sure you have every page of the document(s) being signed and not just the signature page. All document signers must have a state-acceptable ID in order to complete the process.
If you’d like to learn more about how Zetter HealthCare may assist your practice with notary services, call us at (717) 691-6768 or contact us online.
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