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Does a Will Have to Be Notarized?

You may already know that a will is a document used to protect your family or loved ones after you’ve passed on. Does a will need to be notarized? It can help make it legally binding, preventing lengthy probate and courtroom proceedings over who is entitled to your possessions. Here’s what you need to know….

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Documents That Need to Be Notarized (At Closing) in Florida

Once you’ve found your new home, you are probably excited to close the deal. However, before you can get the keys and settle in, you’ll need to sign a lot of paperwork. If that sounds tedious, keep in mind that some of the documents contained in the closing package require not only your signature but…

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Notary Acknowledgement vs. Jurat

Notary acknowledgment and notary jurat are the two most common notarizations. At first glance, they may seem similar but serve very different purposes.  Keep reading to learn more about acknowledgement vs. jurat, when they are used, and the steps you should follow if you’re a notary in Florida.  What Is a Notary Acknowledgement?  A notary…

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What is a Witness Signature?

Being a notary may seem like a fairly easy job. Still, it involves a lot of legal processes and other specific requirements that can result in disciplinary action if not followed exactly. One of these processes is getting a witness signature.  What is a witness signature? As the name implies, it refers to the signature…

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What is a Mobile Notary? (And How to Become One)

Notary publics have an important job. They serve as neutral third-party witnesses to legal documents, making sure that they have legitimate signatures. They also ensure that all parties involved have followed all applicable laws regarding their specific transactions. Many people use their notary commission as a side job. However, there are also mobile notaries whose…

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How Do You Become a Notary?

To become a notary, you’ll need to follow six steps. It may seem like a lot, but it’s really not too complicated. You just need to follow the directions and meet all the requirements. Prerequisites Before you start the application process, make sure you meet the following prerequisites: You legally reside in Florida. You are…

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How Do You Renew Your Notary License?

Becoming a notary is a great way to make extra money while maintaining a flexible schedule. Plus, it’s a fairly simple process. You complete the notary packet, which consists of an application and a required course. You then pay the necessary fees and submit the application.  In order to work as a notary, though, you…

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How Long is a Notary Stamp Good For?” Is a Common Notary Question

As a new notary, you may have questions about the process and requirements, such as, “how long is a notary stamp good?” Keep in mind that your notary stamp contains information such as your commission number and expiration date. This expiration date is important because you cannot notarize anything until you renew it once it…

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How to Use a Notary Stamp

Now that you’ve become a notary, you need to understand one of the most important parts of the process: how to use notary stamps. While you may know how to use a stamp, it’s important that you know the proper procedures for notarizing legal documents with your notary stamp. What is a Notary Stamp? All…

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Notary Oath and Affirmations: What You Need to Know

Becoming a notary is not too hard of a process. While it’s a career that requires very little training, it’s something that needs to be taken seriously. There are a lot of laws that need to be followed, and even the smallest mistake can cause a notary to get sued or even face criminal penalties. …

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