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Notary fee per signature in California has been increased to $15 from $10 beginning January 01, 2017. All notaries are required to charge no more than $15 per signature notarized, however they are allowed to charge less than $15 per signature.

Expect UPS stores and the like to adjust their fees to be $15 per signer, per document effective immediately on January 01, 2017.

Our fees will remain unchanged currently. Our regular pricing schedule and fees are the same, and you can expect your usual fees with us to be unchanged by the change in California Notary fee law currently.
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A signature by mark being notarized is required when a signer or individual cannot sign their full legal signature. This often occurs with the disability of a client. If they have an injured hand, arm, or fingers, or possibly paralyzation, it can be difficult or impossible for them to execute their usual signature. Sometimes signers must use the opposite hand, or even use their mouth to hold a pen and subscribe their signature to documents.
It is possible to still be notarized under these conditions as long as other conditions are all met.

There are a few requirements that need to be met specifically for signature by mark. There must be two additional witnesses to witness the making of the mark. One witness must sign the signers name next to the mark, and then they must sign their names as witnesses to the document/ mark. One signer must also sign the signers name and subscribe their own name in the notary public’s journal for record.

Signature by mark can be complicated, and signers should always consult a lawyer in regards to the legality of a signature by mark for the intended purpose or recipient of the document. Even though California Notary Publics are allowed to notarize signatures by mark, this does not meant that the signature is sufficient for legality, the recording agency, or the party to which the document is going to be presented to.

When a signer is unable to subscribe the same legal signature that is on their identification and other document, they can choose to utilize signature by mark. This mark can be a line, x, or other shape typically. Sometimes the first initial of a name is used. It just must be a consistent mark throughout the documents executed, and in the Notary Public’s journal in order for the Notary Public to be allowed to notarize the mark as a notarized signature.
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In Los Angeles County, and throughout California many clients and signers request whether a mobile notary in Los Angeles can notarize a will for them. California Notary Publics cannot give legal advice, the only advice we can give you is to research and to contact a lawyer if you need legal advice about the requirements of a will and whether your will should be notarized or just witnessed. If a lawyer indicated that the will should be notarized, then a California Notary Public may notarize the document provided all other criteria for being notarized are met. If the Notary Public indicates that they are not supposed to notarize a will, you can provide them the contact information of your lawyer who drafted the will stating that they want the will notarized, or indicate that you want your will notarized even if the document doesnt say to notarize it.

Another alternative we at Los Angeles Mobile Notary Now encounter is being asked to witness a will or notarize and witness a will for a client. According to the Notary Public handbook for California Notary’s we are not prohibited from acting as a witness to a will or document, but we cannot witness in a Notary Public capacity. We can witness as individuals only. However, if the witnesses need to be notarized, a Notary Public cannot notarize their own signature so they would have to decline to do both witnessing and notarizing.

Getting a will witnessed or notarized can be a very complex process, especially in the state of California. The above information is provided for informational purposes only and Los Angeles Notary Now procedures regarding the process, it is not to be taken or given as legal advice. Always consult a lawyer first and foremost. Notary’s can only provide information regarding notarization.
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We often get calls from clients and prospective clients asking how mobile Notary Public services work in Los Angeles County.

The process is quite simple. A person finds that they need a document or documents notarized. They Google and find us at the top of the list and call to inquire about our services and pricing. Where can we meet you? How much does it cost? What do we need to have with us?

When you call and inform us of the information surrounding your notarization, such as how many signatures and documents, we will inform you of the estimated price based on the information you provided. You inform us of where you’d like to sign. This can be wherever is convenient for you. Such as your work, office, home, coffee shop, beach, etc. We are here to make it as convenient for you as possible, so wherever you are when you call us, we can likely travel to there and notarize.

Mobile services are very convenient. It is very efficient, isn’t limited by the availability of a notary being present at an office, bank, or having to wait in line with other customers. It can be done while you are at work, or before or after normal business hours.

Contact Los Angeles Notary Now the next time you have any questions regarding Notary Public services, or mobile service questions. We would be glad to arrange an appointment for you if you choose mobile service, or can point you in the right direction to find a Notary Public office if you’d like that as well.
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People often are confused about what notarization actually does, and what the notary public’s role is. Many clients feel as if notarization creates a legally binding document, contract, or makes something true. Notarization solely confirms that the people signing it were identified by a Notary Public and were indeed the people who signed the document. It does not make the contents true, or mean that the document will uphold in court or legally if you just draft a document and have it notarized.

In January of 2015 a new law was enacted which requires California notarizations to have the following disclosure “A notary public or other officer completing this certificate verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which this certificate is attached, and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of that document.” The purpose of this is to inform the public and people who receive notarized documents that the notarization does not actually create a legal document, make it valid, or mean that everything in the document is true. It only verifies that people signed the documents.

If you are concerned with creating a legal document, or ensuring the validity of a document. Consult a lawyer. As a Notary will not make a document legal, and they cannot attest to the validity or legality of a document.
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What is a Notary Public? What does your service entail? Are you a lawyer, and can you prepare documents for me?

Many customers inquire what a Notary Public, is because many customers call us when it is their first time needing a signature notarized. A Notary Public is a appointed public official who’s duty is to identify the signer of a document, and therefore indicate that the person signing the document has identification matching the name on the document to which they are notarizing. They also ensure that the signer of the document states that they executed the document, execute the document in front of the notary public, or administer the required oath for a Jurat notarization before the signer subscribed his or her signature to the document. A Notary Public can also be utilized just to administer an oath without notarizing the signature of a person. Such as at a deposition, court hearing, or phone court testimony.



A Notary plays a critical role in many types of businesses. These businesses include but are not limited to: mortgages, law, science, real estate, healthcare, etc. Notarization provides more assurance to a lender or company that the person signing the document is indeed who they claim to be: by verifying that they have identification that matches the name they claim on the document.

Notarization helps to reduce fraud when the Notary Public does their job correctly. It requires a person executing a document to have valid identification matching their name on the document, it requires them to state that they signed it, and it requires that the person appear before a Notary Public. This is helpful in the case of someone forging someone elses signatures on documents, because the person who is being notarized must appear, someone else cannot have the document notarized for them. It also helps prevent people from forcing incompetent people to sign. Sometimes people request that a person who is heavily medicated, or just had a major accident in the hospital be notarized, and state that they signed the document, but the signer cannot communicate with the notary or acknowledge signing it, so the Notary would decline and help protect the signer from someone else forcing or forging their signature.
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If you have a document that is to be notarized, sometimes it indicates on the document what type of notarization needs to be done, sometimes you just choose to have something notarized and it has no indication, or sometimes the person sending you the document simply states “get notarized” with no further information. There are two primary types of notarization, one is called an Acknowledgment, and the other is called a Jurat. How do these two types differ? Is one “better” than the other? Why do I, the customer, have to choose? Cant you just stamp and sign on the page I have?

A Notary Public cannot tell the client what type of notarization they need unless it clearly states from the contents of the document, or is indicated from the notary certificate present on the document. If it is not stated, a Notary may explain the different between the two, and it is up to the client to decide which one they need or want to have completed.

In order for notarization to occur, the type of notarization must be selected. A Notary Public cannot simply sign date and stamp on a document that does not have the appropriate notary certificate verbiage and requirements. It is illegal to do so. And just because other notaries have done it, does not mean that it is a valid notarization, or that we will do it. We work strictly by the laws that are set by the Secretary of State of California.

An acknowledgment has a few requirements that help explain the type of notarization, one is that the signer must be present in front of the notary, the signer must be identified by satisfactory evidence, and they also must either sign in front of the notary, or acknowledge having previously signed the document. The acknowledgment does not certify the capacity of the person signing the document, but does indicate that the signers state they are signing in their authorized capacity that they claim within the document.

A Jurat is similar to an acknowledgment in that it requires personal presence of the person signing the document, but it also requires that the person signing the document take an oath or affirmation, under penalty of perjury, stating that the contents and statements in the documents are truthful. Once an oath or affirmation is administered, the signer is then permitted to sign and date the document in the presence and oversight of the Notary. Documents requiring a jurat need to be signed in the presence of the Notary, so it is best practice to not sign a document to be notarized until you are in front of the notary, incase it is a jurat and you cannot tell. If you have already signed, the notary will ask you to resign and redate the document in their presence after being administered an oath, or affirmation.

The big difference between the two: Oath (jurat) or No Oath required (acknowledgment). Acknowledgments are most commonly seen. Jurats are required for certain types of documents, and often it is indicated. Jurats are frequently utilized in court documents and affidavits.

A question a notary receives very often: can you put your seal/stamp on the document i am notarizing?

The answer to this question varies. If you have the appropriate notary wording and meet the requirements for a notarization in california, then the seal can be placed on the document. If the requirements are not met, and the notary certificate is not on the document, then the seal will only go on the certificate which will be attached to the document. We will not stamp a document that does not have proper requirements for notarization, no matter how much you want us to or state that the receiving party wants us to. It is prohibited, and will not be done. And just putting our stamp on a document will not make the document notarized, so we ensure we do our job legally, and correctly, according to California state law.
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