How to Find a Notary

How to Find a Notary

            A notary (or notary public) is often, but not always a lawyer who is impartial and designated by the province they work in to verify that a document is legal. An easy-to-understand definition of a notary from is "a person who can serve as an official witness to the execution (signing) of contracts, agreements, and an almost limitless array of legal documents. A notary may also certify documents to be true copies of the original.  Notarization simply refers to an official act of a Notary. A notary also has the authority to administer oaths, solemn affirmations, and declarations that are used for affidavits and statutory declarations. Please note that you must sign in the physical presence of the Notary for her to notarize your signature.". That being said, it can sometimes be challenging to find one.  Unless you know where to look, of course.  If you’re on the hunt, then you can most often use these tips to help you get one when you’re in a tight (time) spot.

            Here are some of the best ways to find a notary that will be able to meet your needs when you don’t have time on your side.  Some of them may surprise you, but notarizing is a typical service out there:
  • Check with your bank or another trusted financial location: They’ll often be able to direct you to one in-house, or they will also be able to recommend other local spots that they’ve used in the past to help you get a local match.
  • Ask your local courthouse for a suggestion: Courthouses use notaries regularly.  They might have one at the courthouse or court office, or they’ll be able to recommend where they turn to, if not.  This is also great in that you can often call them and ask rather than showing up in person.
  • Check-in with a shipping business: This is one of those details that most people don’t realize shipping businesses offer!  Whether it’s FedEx or UPS, you’ll find most shipping companies and outlets will have a notary there or at least be able to direct you to the one that they use.
  • Check online through the yellow pages: The paper or online yellow pages will be able to help you find specific notary services that will help you out (or google Notary in your area).  Sometimes these suggestions will even line up with the recommendations that you get from other people
  • Ask a local lawyer or contact the law society to find one.
  • Many shopping malls have lawyers in the offices; check with the information desk to ask if they have one.

Why is the right notary important
            The thing is, doing this step wrong can mean that you need to re-do it, at best, or restart your paperwork process, at worst.  Make sure that you get a notary that is going to be able to acknowledge your documents properly and formally with a legal stamp that is valid and authorized to use. After all, if you’re already in a tight spot, you’ll most likely find it challenging when it comes to having to re-do it!

            A notary is one of those services that people don’t think about until they need it.  These tips, to help you find the right one, can make a tough situation easier and also make sure that you get it right the first time so that you never have to worry about the idea of notary fraud.  So, whether you start at the UPS office, or you make a call to your local courthouse, there are many ways to locate someone to help you.

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