August 26, 2015

How to Find a Local Notary

Well, you've already found me so your search for a notary is over! Lol But if you are looking for a notary in a city outside of the Long Beach area what do you do then? It depends on what you are looking for.

If you are looking for a notary to travel to you in your city there are a few notary directories such as Notary Rotary and 123 Notary or you can always Google "notary" and your zip code or city. I also have a few notary friends around the country on website. If you are looking to avoid the travel fees of a mobile notary and you would rather walk into a location you can try your local UPS store as most of them have notaries on staff.

Mobile notaries, such as myself, come in handy when the signer is in a hospital, convalescent home, jail, at work, or they just want the conveniece of a notary traveling to them. Mobile notaries can accomodate your schedule by setting appointments late night, weekends, and holidays.

Please contact LaShon, The Document Diva, at (562) 314-4319 if you need a mobile notary in Long Beach, Lakewood, Carson, Wilmington, Bellflower, or other surrouding city. My hours are 8 am - 8 pm 7 days a week.

February 18, 2015

New Year, New Notary Rules 2015

A new year usually means new notary laws in California and 2015 was not any different. I would love to be a fly on the wall when the law makers in Sacramento decide to enact new notary laws. They come across as quite arbitrary because there is very little communication between the Secretary of State and California notaries. Instead of being notified by the Secretary of State about new laws I tend to find out via notary forums.

This year the California legislators decided to add additional wording to all acknowledgment and jurat certificates. The new certificates must include a disclaimer in an enclosed box before the venue information of state and county. There was no reason given as to why the change was necessary but I was forced to throw out perfectly good pre-printed forms that are now useless.

2015 California Notary Disclaimer

In order to be ready for January 1, 2015 I created my own form and printed about 50 to keep in my notary bag. I also purchased a stamp with the new wording to use when applicable.

If you are a California notary be sure to use the latest notary certificates, and if you need a document notarized make sure your notary uses the correct acknowledgment or jurat or you run the risk of your document being rejected if it is being recorded or Apostilled.

October 2, 2014

Celebrating 10 Years as a Notary

It really is amazing how fast time passes. I was not aware that I have now been serving as a California notary for 10 years until I started receiving notifications of congratulations from LinkedIn.

I decided to become a notary after I was injured on the job and subsequently laid off. From that moment on I was determined to never work full-time for anyone else again. At that time I acquired my tax preparer's, insurance, and notary license. I never would have imagined that being a notary would become my career.

Working as a notary has allowed me to meet hundreds of people and travel thousands of miles. It is never a dull day as each day brings its own unique set of experiences. It isn't always easy because the need for a notary cannot be predicated, and competition has increased over the years but I have stuck it out. I enjoy working with clients who value my services and like the convenience of a traveling notary so I look forward to continuing my work as a mobile notary.

May 13, 2014

Parental Permission to Travel Abroad

notarized parental permission to travel form
Are you traveling abroad this summer?
The summer months are upon us. Soon children will out of school, water parks will be open, the malls will be invaded by teenagers, and the beaches will be over run by sun worshipers looking for the perfect tan. 

Summer also brings the summer travel season. During summer travel children may be traveling with their parents, one parent, or a relative out of the country. If the child is under 18 and traveling without both parents there are special travel rules you need to be aware of.

Due to the increase in child abductions in disputed child custody cases and as possible victims of child pornography when a child is not accompanied by both parents it is strongly recommended by the U.S. Border and Customs Protection that the traveling adult have a note from both parents acknowledging that the child is traveling abroad with their permission. It is also suggested that the note be notarized.

The recommended format is:

 "I acknowledge that my wife/husband/etc. is traveling out of the country with my son/daughter/group. He/She/They has/have my permission to do so."

We all know that Google is our all-knowing best friend so googling "parental permission to travel" will enable you to find many free forms ready for download and use. Because travel requirements can change, it is always a good idea to check the latest information about document requirements on the US State Department website.

March 3, 2014

2014 Loan Rescission Calendar

If you are a loan signing agent It is a good idea to carry a loan rescission calendar with you. Loan rescission calendars help you to calculate how many days from the signing date the borrower has to cancel the loan if it is not already typed in on the Notice of Right to Cancel.

My favorite loan rescission calendar can be found at The calendar offers both a year-at-a-glance and monthly views.

February 26, 2014

The Hardest Part of Being a Notary

I love being a notary as it is never a dull day because no two days are the same. I get to meet people of all walks of life and I get to travel to places I never would have if I was not a mobile notary but no matter how much you like your job there is always a downside. The one downside to being a notary mobile notary is notarizing for clients that are dying.

One of my notary appointments today included notarizing a health care directive and a power of attorney for a very friendly and upbeat older man who is on hospice. He was bedridden but he did not look like he was dying and he was relatively upbeat considering the circumstances. His children said up until just a few months ago he walked four miles a day, every day.

Over the years I have performed many notaries in convalescent homes, hospitals and residences with a client who is dying. It can be a difficult and stressful situation but it is important to be patient and empathetic with the family and their loved one. Most times they are very appreciative of the service you are providing during this very difficult time.

Even though I do not look forward to performing notaries in hospice situations I am happy to relieve the family of some stress by helping them get their affairs in order.

What do you think is the hardest part of being a notary?