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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a notary public?

A notary public is an individual appointed by the government to serve as an impartial witness when important documents are signed. Their role is to verify the identities of the signers, ensure the documents are properly executed, and administer oaths when necessary.

Can a notary notarize documents in a language other than English?

In some cases, notaries can notarize documents in languages other than English, provided they are familiar with the language and can clearly understand the contents of the document. However, the notary must be able to communicate effectively with the signers to properly carry out their duties. Collins Notary Studio offers notary services in English and Spanish.

What types of documents can be notarized?

Notaries can notarize a wide range of documents, including but not limited to: contracts, affidavits, deeds, powers of attorney, wills, adoption papers, loan documents, and consent forms.

What do I need to bring when getting a document notarized?

To have a document notarized, you typically need to bring a valid government-issued identification document such as a driver's license, passport, or state ID. The identification should include a photograph, signature, and be unexpired. It's also advisable to bring the unsigned document requiring notarization.

Can a notary help me draft or provide legal advice on documents?

No, notaries are not licensed to provide legal advice or draft legal documents. Their role is strictly limited to witnessing the signing of documents and ensuring their authenticity. If you need legal advice or document preparation, it's best to consult with an attorney.

Is an appointment necessary to get a document notarized?

Please schedule an appointment to ensure prompt service. Availability may vary, especially during peak times. It's advisable to contact the notary beforehand to confirm their availability and schedule an appointment if needed.

How much does notarization cost?

Notary fees can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the type of document being notarized. In many cases, notaries charge a set fee per signature or per document. It's best to inquire about the specific fees when scheduling an appointment or contacting the notary.

Can a notary travel to my location?

Yes, some notaries offer mobile or traveling notary services. They can travel to your home, office, or any agreed-upon location to notarize your documents. Mobile notary services may have additional fees to cover travel expenses and convenience.

Are electronic or online notarizations available?

Electronic notarization and online notarization services are becoming increasingly common. These services allow you to have your documents notarized remotely using video conferencing technology. However, the availability of electronic or online notarization may depend on the jurisdiction and the specific requirements of the document.

How long does a notarization process take?

The duration of a notarization can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the document, the number of signers involved, and the workload of the notary. Generally, the process can be completed within a few minutes once the necessary identification and documents are verified.

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