If you’re planning to sign important documents, you may need them to be notarized. A Notary Public is a public official appointed by the state government to witness the signing of common documents such as:
- Property deeds.
- Some loan documents.
- Wills, trusts, advanced directives and executorships.
- Marital Settlement Agreements
- Powers of attorney.
- Employment contracts.
- Commercial leases.
Notaries are trained to be impartial, avoiding any conflicts of interest, and are not allowed to discriminate. They can only work within the state in which they are commissioned, which includes notarizing a document in one state for use in the other.
Do You Need a Notary Public?
Have your important documents notarized helps reduce fraud by verifying the identity of the signer, usually by checking a government issued photo ID.