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Common Notarization Mistakes to Avoid
Notarization is an important process that helps to prevent fraud and ensure the authenticity of the signatures on legal documents. However, many people make mistakes when getting documents notarized, resulting in delays or even rejection of their documents. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the most common notarization mistakes and provide tips on how to avoid them.
- Using the Wrong Notarial Certificate Or None At All: One of the most common mistakes people make when getting a document notarized is not knowing that their document must follow state guidelines and have the necessary notarial language. Using the wrong certificate or not having a notarial statement will result in the document being rejected or invalid. There are different types of notarial certificates and it's important to use the correct one for the document you are notarizing. The signer should know if they require a Jurat (signed and sworn under oath) or an Acknowledgment. Additionally, each state may have different requirements for the notary language. It’s important to know your state's laws and requirements for notarization.
- Not Having Proper Identification:. Another common issue is not having identification that matches the name on your documents. In most cases, a government-issued ID such as a driver's license or passport is required to verify the identity of the person signing the document. It's essential to ensure that your ID is current and not expired and that the name on the ID matches the name on the document you are signing.
- Filling Out the Document Incorrectly: Another common mistake is filling out the document incorrectly. This can include missing information, incorrect dates, or other errors that can invalidate the document. Before signing the document, make sure that all the required fields are filled out correctly and that the information is accurate. The notary cannot advise on how to fill out the document.
- Signing the Document Before the Notary Arrives: Some people make the mistake of signing the document before the notary arrives, thinking that it will save time. If the notary language reads SIGNED BEFORE ME, then the notary needs to witness the signing of the document in order to notarize it. If you've already signed the document, the notary will require that you sign the document again in their presence. Extra signatures may be confusing to the receiving party and may cause your documents to be rejected.
- Not Knowing the Purpose of the Document: It's important to understand the purpose of the document you are signing.. Not all documents require notarization, and it's important to know when it's necessary and when it's not. If you need to know whether a document needs to be notarized, it's best to consult with the entity who needs the document executed by you or a legal professional. In addition if you are swearing under oath that the contents are true to the best of your knowledge, then you should be sure you have reviewed the contents before signing.
- Not Bringing All Required Documents: When getting a document notarized, you must bring all the required documents with you. This includes the document itself, any referenced supporting documents, and proper unexpired identification.
- Waiting Until the Last Minute: Waiting until the last minute to get a document notarized can lead to mistakes and delays. Planning and giving yourself plenty of time to get the document notarized is best. This will also give you time to correct mistakes or gather missing documents.
To avoid these common notarization mistakes, it's essential to be prepared and understand the notarization process. Ensure you have the proper identification that matches the name on the document, know the type of notarization that is required, understand the document's purpose, and bring all the required documents with you. It's also important to take your time, fill out the document correctly and wait until you are in the presence of a notary before signing the document.
In conclusion, notarization is an important process that helps verify the identity and signature of the person singing to avoid fraud. However, common mistakes can delay or even cause your documents to be rejected by the receiving party. By understanding the notarization process and avoiding these common mistakes, you can help to ensure that your documents are notarized correctly and will be accepted without issue.
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