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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

  1. Sworn Statement

  2. Quitclaim Deed

  3. Statement of Consent (for application for Passport for child under age 16)

  4. Application for Duplicate or Paperless Title

  5. Power of Attorney

  6. Deed of Trust

  7. Release and Waiver

  8. Parental Consent for Travel

  9. Affidavit of Forgery

  10. Assignment

  11. Certificate of Authorship

  12. Certificate of Identity

  13. Plea Form

  14. Rental Agreement

  15. Grant Deed

  16. Deed of Trust

  17. Compliance Agreement

  18. Name Affidavit

  19. Copy Certification By Document Custodian

  20. Durable Power of Attorney

  21. Power of Attorney for Health Care/Advance Health Care Directive

  22. Spousal Waiver

  23. Demand Letter

  24. Guaranty

  25. Contract

  26. Student Enrollment Verification

  27. Amendment to Revocable Trust

  28. Intercreditor Agreement

  29. Modification Agreement

  30. Subordination Agreement

  31. Resignation of Trustee

  32. Unclaimed Property Form

  33. Authorization

  34. Living Trust

  35. 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

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