MA Documents: The Notorious Notary

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We all know death and taxes are certain. Have you also noticed there is a growing need to have mainstream documents notarized? As recent as a few years ago, common day documents such as simple permission slips for minors for a field trip to the museum  or rental agreements for college age students were simply signed by the  student, parent or guardian. Not so much any longer as many mundane forms now require the official stamp of notarization from your local friendly notary. Here at Andrew G. Gordon Inc., we are happy to help out any customer with our complimentary notary service. This service is also available to new visitors to our agency.

What is a notary, you ask?  A notary public is an official of integrity appointed by the 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 be the case with a “judicial” official.

If you are asked for your driver’s license, please do not be offended. It is the duty of a notary to screen the signers of particularly sensitive instruments — such as property deeds, wills and powers of attorney — for their true identity, willingness to sign without duress or intimidation, and  awareness of the general import of the document. 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 byword of the notary and the foundation of its public trust. Notaries are duty-bound not to act in situations where they have a personal interest. This means the notary cannot notarize a family member’s document.  The public trusts that the notary’s critical screening tasks have not been corrupted by self-interest. 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.

Remember that Andrew G. Gordon, Inc. offers complimentary notary services to our clients or new visitors with appropriate documentation.  Stop by and we will be sure to assist you!

Katherine McCarthy
CPCU, Andrew G. Gordon, Inc.

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