The office of notary public originated from ancient Rome and has played an important part throughout history as an independent public office. In the United States, an individual who holds a notary public commission acts as an independent witness authorized to administer oaths and acknowledge signatures as well as certain other acts varying from state to state.
Some of the more common documents that require a notary public are Power of Attorneys and business documents, as well as international and domestic adoption documents. And while a notary is not able to either give legal advice or determine the legalities of a given document, they do work as a trusted independent witness to the document signing.
Recently many banks, hospitals and long term care facilities have stopped offering the services of a notary public to their customers due to growing liability concerns, and it’s left many individuals searching for a notary public to assist them in executing their documents. While some of these individuals are able to find a notary at there local mail store, there are times and situations that call for a mobile notary public service.
For example, when a family member is in a hospital or nursing home in can be easier to call in a mobile notary public to assist them rather than going out to see a notary public.
When business contracts need to be signed in the presence of a notary public, bringing in a mobile notary is quicker and more effective than trying to get a group of people down to the local mail store.
International and domestic adoption documents will often require a notary public to witness signatures of a doctor and a police officer, as well as the prospective parents, and while you may be able to convince your doctor and a police office to meet you at the local mail store, it may be easier to use the services of a mobile notary.
Only you can decide if a mobile notary is for you or not, but in today’s busy world it’s nice to know there is an option.