A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government – typically by the secretary of state — to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts.
We are bound by the duty of screening the people signing important documents, such as property deeds, will and powers of attourney, to validate their true identites and insure they are signing the document without duress or intimidation. We also make sure those clients are aware of what the documents will commit them to, or what transactions may actually be applied.
Notaries from Simpkins-Foley may also require putting the signer under oath and declaring, under penalty of perjury, that the information contained in a document is true and correct. It is a serious business, and we take that obligation to heart in an effort to protect and serve all of our clients looking for notarization.