WE Always have a Notary on Duty
During Regular Business Hours.
NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY!
A Notary Public is a provider of professional legal services by executing documents, swearing oaths, certifying copies, and more. A Notary Public must be well studied in all types of notaries and must be tested and certified by the State. A Notary accepts a large amount of liability on your behalf. Fees for Notary services are controlled by the State and should be respected as a cost of standard legal proceedings.
We Notarize Wills
In the State of Oregon, a will must be signed in front of 2 witnesses. Notarizing of a will makes the document “self serving”. Witnesses must appear along with the signer of the will for the notary to be valid. It is not the responsibility of the notary to provide witnesses.
If you are a notary, we do carry notary supplies!
Q: What is a notary public?
A: According to the National Notary Association, a notary public is a public servant appointed by state government to witness the signing of important documents and administer oaths.
Q: What does a notary public notarize?
A: A notary public notarizes any document in which an originator needs to ensure the integrity of the signer. A notary public verifies the identity of the signer, and that they are signing knowingly and willingly. This process helps deter the fraudulent execution of documents.
Q: How does a notary verify the identity of the signer?
A: A notary will ask a signer for a document such as a driver’s license or government-issued identification card that includes a photograph, signature and some information describing the person.
Q: Can a Notary Public prepare or assist in the preparation of any documents?
A: No, a notary public can only witness the signing of the documents, not assist or prepare any documents. To assist or prepare documents would be an unlawful practice of law. This keeps the notary’s position as an impartial witness to the signing.
Q: Can I be refused a notarization?
A: A notary public may refuse to perform a notarization if he or she cannot be certain of a prospective signer’s identity, willingness, or understanding of what is happening at that moment. In addition, a notary may not notarize a document in a foreign language unless they are fluent in reading or writing that language. A notary may notarize an English translation of a document but not the foreign language document it’s self.
Q: Can a notary certify a copy of a document?
A: State laws may vary, but in general, a notary may certify a photo copy of an original document if the notary makes the photo copy. A notary may not notarize an original document. For notarization or original vital records documents such as birth certificates and marriage certificates, the requester should visit the local agency that holds these documents, such as a local county clerk.
Q: What about immigration paperwork..can a notary public prepare or notarize immigration papers?
A: A notary may notarized papers those that require notarization such as the Affidavit of Support, but they may not prepare or file another person’s immigration papers unless he or she is an attorney or a US DOJ accredited representative.