Sam Tax & Multi-Services provides notary services. By law, a number of documents are required to be notarized in order to be legal. Given the inherent formal and corresponding significance of the subject, state governments have deemed it necessary to enlist a trained individual to assist with their execution. A “notary public,” following his or her official appointment, can perform as a quasi-public officer to attest to the proper execution of these important documents.
Types of documents that may require notarization*:
Be Prepared for Your Notary Visit
- Bring a valid, government issued photo ID with you when you visit our office for notary services.
- 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 also, simultaneously, act as a signature witness. Additionally, we may not be staffed to provide additional signature witnessing services. Please call the office first to check with us if you wish to inquire as to the availability of signature witnesses, if the laws of your state mandate such a requirement.
What is a notary public?
A notary public is an individual appointed by the state government to serve as an official and impartial third-party witness to the signatures of important documents, like wills and powers of attorney.
A notary public screens signers of these documents to make sure they are who they say they are, and not committing an act of fraud. In addition, a notary public makes sure the signer is not being forced to sign and that the signer knows all the details of the document they are signing.
When you need to get a document notarized, you’ll have to find a provider — like a bank representative — who has been appointed by their state government to act as a ministerial official as a notary public. You will also need to prove your identity with a valid form of identification. Sometimes, a notary will even require the participants to sign the necessary documents under oath, under penalty of perjury.
When do you need a notary public?
Documents that typically require notarization are often of the major life-event variety:
- Powers of attorney.
- Certain court papers.
- And affidavits.