So watch out! I qualified last July, and commenced activities as a California Notary as of January 1, 2012. My seal will show that my commission is number 1951526, and expires, hopefully before I do, on September 10, 2015.
I felt the need to become one, because the Notary Public office is above all a POSITION OF TRUST. And, because of my experiences in and out of court, I want the public, those interested, to believe that what I tell them is true. I wish the same could be said of utterances from the media, judges, attorneys and sales people, much of which has the force of professional and therefore expert advice.
However, I am not an attorney. I am not licensed to give what passes for legal advice, whether it’s good or bad. I can only tell you what happened to me in passing, and how I handled it. My story, not yours.
What is it that I CAN do?
Well, as a Notary, I cannot perform weddings, more’s the pity, because they can do it in Florida, Maine and South Carolina.
But I can administer OATHS (the polite and legal form), and identify who you are, and place or attach my seal to the document. The document might be a DEED, A CONTRACT, AN AFFIDAVIT, A POWER-OF-ATTORNEY, A PERSONAL COLLECTIBLE ITEM, A DECLARATION, A WILL (maybe not), A DEPOSITION, or something else. A PHOTO? No, I cannot notarize a photo, but you can write in the margin that you swear the photo is you, and then I can notarize your signature. Passport applications might require this.
But I cannot help you prepare or adjust your document, or even suggest what form of notarization you may require. For that you have to tell me, or get advice from someone who can.
You might be from California, another State of the Union, or England, or Europe, or the Far East, doesn’t matter. Under The Hague Convention of 1961, it’s called an Apostille. Where most civilized countries show they are able to cooperate without rancor. Something like the Post Office is able to do, internationally.
Anyway, here are some of the document services I can perform here in Los Angeles for anyone with the need.
Marriage Licenses, Divorce agreements, Divorce decrees
Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates
Single Status to Marry, No record of a Marriage
Power of Attorney – General, Special, Finance, Real Estate etc.
Notarized copies of Passport, Affidavits, and other documents
Papers for ADOPTION purposes
Transcripts (School, College, University, or any other issuing agency)
Diploma, Degree Certificates, Graduation Records
Corporate documents, such as:
Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Incorporation
Authorization letter for Bank, Finance, Office, and related company matters
Certificates of Amendment
Certificate of good standing
Power of Attorney
Certificate of Incumbency
Certificate of Origin
Joint Venture Agreements
Stock Purchase agreement in foreign companies
Business Letter of Invitation
Permission to Travel, Consent by Parent(s) to travel with Minor Children
and more besides. I cannot charge more than 10 bucks per signature (and nothing for a Veteran pensioner), so please, keep me busy. Busy busy busy. Seems my acting credits are too old to get new acting assignments. However, I might get back into directing films. I see that James Cameron is on his way to New Zealand, to escape possible attack from the likes of Oliver Stone’s son, who has now declared himself to be one of THEM. So there should be new availability in the film directing world!
I can still sell you my house in the Hollywood Hills (check it out), and my muscle car, a 1989 Pontiac Turbo Indy 500 Pace car. But not as a Notary. I’d have to go to another notary to get my sales agreement notarized (COA – Conflict of Interest issues).
Oh, here’s my beautiful car: