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Why Do You Need a Notary Public?

Jul 16, 2008
We would like to believe that the people we do business with are fair and honest, and for the most part, our beliefs are justified. We do business with people that keep up their end of agreements with little more than a verbal agreement. Sometimes, though, whether deliberately or accidently, a business partnership goes sour. When that happens, given the litigious nature of the modern world, you are going to end up in court. If that happens, a set of notarized documents that spell out the terms and conditions of a business agreement are a key element in protecting your interests.

When rendering a decision, the judge must balance the types of evidence presented in a case. Not all evidence and documentation carries equal weight in the deliberations of a judge. Given a pair of identical documents, whose sole difference is the presence of a valid notary seal, a judge will give more weight to notarized document. Is this unfair? Of course not. A notary public is authorized by a state governing body to verify the identity of persons entering into a formal agreement, and to witness the signing of that agreement. A notary public helps you protect your interests by acting as an officially recognized impartial witness.

A Notary Public Facilitates Business

How willing are you to conduct a large scale transaction with a complete stranger? Using a notary public can help lower the risks of doing business

Low Cost Helps Prevent Fraud Can Help in Collections In the business world, knowing who you are dealing with is always a concern. Although research can reduce some of the uncertainty factor, new business arrangements always carry a certain level of risk. A notary public helps keep business moving by giving you a very affordable extra layer of security against fraud and breach of contract. Simply put, notarizing business agreements lets you concentrate on getting the job done.

Sometimes, a Notary Public Is Required

Depending on the state where you live, the services of a notary public may be required in order to complete some kinds of business. Usually, business that needs the attention of a notary involves the state or local government at some level. Some examples of the kind of transactions that may require the services of a notary are listed here:

Selling a car Selling a house or other real property that is registered with the state Transferring financial power of attorney The types of transactions that require a notary vary from state to state. In some states, the services of a notary may not be required but are often recommended in order for a transaction to be considered durable in a legal sense.
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By Marc Greco: Owner and operator of N3Notary.net, an online and mobile notary service based in Portland, Oregon.
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