While finding a notary may seem unnecessary, certain documents are required to be notarized to prevent fraud. Notaries ensure that the people signing a document are not imposters. They also ensure that you are not signing a document unwillingly. Here are a few documents that are ordinarily notarized:
- Wills and trusts are common documents that are notarized. Your will may still be legal even if it’s not notarized, depending on state law. However, notarizing may be required before filing your will with the court.
- Power of Attorney must be notarized in order to be accepted by a court of law, bank, and most other institutions. If you are too ill to travel to a notary company, a mobile notary can send a representative to witness the signing.
- A medical document, such as a living will, is commonly notarized by a document-signing service to prevent disputes. Health care proxies should also be notarized.
- Deeds are notarized to prevent the possibility of an imposter signing the documents.
- Long-distance agreements may also require notary services if you can’t meet face to face. A contract or lease is a common example.
Although a notary may witness legal documents, it’s important to know that he or she is not a legal professional. If you have questions about what you are signing, postpone the document signing and get advice from legal counsel by contacting one of these local notary services.