What is a Notary Public?
The National Notary Association notes:
A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government —typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts. Notaries are publicly commissioned as “ministerial” officials, meaning that they are expected to follow written rules without the exercise of significant personal discretion, as would otherwise be the case with a “judicial” official.
What can a Notary do for you?
A Notary’s duty is to screen the signers of important documents — such as property deeds, wills and powers of attorney — for their true identity, their willingness to sign without duress or intimidation, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction. Some notarizations also require the Notary to put the signer under an oath, declaring under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct. Impartiality is the foundation of the Notary’s public trust. They are duty-bound not to act in situations where they have a personal interest. The public trusts that the Notary’s screening tasks have not been corrupted by self-interest. And impartiality dictates that a Notary never refuse to serve a person due to race, nationality, religion, politics, sexual orientation or status as a non-customer. As official representatives of the state, Notaries Public certify the proper execution of many of the life-changing documents of private citizens — whether those diverse transactions convey real estate, grant powers of attorney, establish a prenuptial agreement, or perform the multitude of other activities that enable our civil society to function.
What type of documents often require notarization?
35 Most Commonly Notarized Documents
Statement of Consent (for application for Passport for child under age 16)
Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title
Power of Attorney
Deed of Trust
Release and Waiver
Parental Consent for Travel
Affidavit of Forgery
Certificate of Authorship
Certificate of Identity
Deed of Trust
Copy Certification By Document Custodian
Durable Power of Attorney
Power of Attorney for Health Care/Advance Health Care Directive
Student Enrollment Verification
Amendment to Revocable Trust
Resignation of Trustee
Unclaimed Property Form
Bill of Sale
TA Management & Consulting, Inc. has two (2) notary publics on staff to assist you Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm. Appointments can be made for outside of normal business hours.
Call 833.344.8433 for more information.
1521 Concord Pike, Suite 102, Wilmington DE 19803