Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Notarization?
Notarization is the process whereby a Notary certifies a document. Usually this is done by attaching a notarial certificate to the document. The notarial certificate contains statements of fact or law in relation to the document being certified.
What is a signing agent?
A signing agent is a public notary who is expert in loan closing documents. A lender, title company, or escrow service may hire a signing agent to handle getting documents delivered, signed, or processed efficiently and on time.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, although we are sometimes able to accommodate walk in clients it is preferable to book an appointment in advance in order to ensure a Notary will be available to see you. This also allows us to ensure we have all necessary documents in advance and that the appointment is as brief as possible for you.
Why do I need to bring proof of identity and proof of address?
One of the Notary’s fundamental duties is to properly identify his or her client. This requirement is laid down by our practice rules and legislation.
How much will it cost?
This will depend on the document being certified and exactly what the notary is required to do. Our notaries will be happy to discuss this with you prior to your appointment (please note it will often be necessary to see the document in advance in order to provide an accurate fee estimate).
Where do you provide your services?
We will come to you at a place that is convenient for you. This can be your home or office, a restaurant, or even a nursing home, hospital, or federal, state or county correctional facility. If you prefer to come to our Mid-Wilshire office during business hours, this can also of course be arranged. Jim the Notary specializes in providing prompt and convenient attention that lets you focus on your client.
What documents do you notarise?
Jim the Notary offers a full range of Notarial Services. We notarize documents for use in all countries around the world.
Do you notarize on weekends?
Yes, we provide the greater Los Angeles area with mobile notary service every day, 24/7.
Can I Come To Your Location?
Absolutely. We have two locations: 437 Hartford Ave Apt 315, Los Angeles, California 90017 and 5455 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1812, Los Angeles, California 90036. Appointments are preferred, but we understand that emergencies do happen.
How Much Do You Charge For Your Services?
Our fees vary based on what service(s) you require as well as your location and availability of our notaries/service providers in your area. Please fill out an online request or call (2113) 400-7622 for a free estimate.
How Soon Can You Get Here?
In order to better serve you we request that all appointments be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. We will, however, make every attempt to fulfill “same-day”, “last minute” and “emergency” requests.
What Area(S) Do You Cover?
We cover the Downtown/Echo Park, Mid-Wilshire/Beverly Hills, and The West Side areas (and all the places in-between).
Why Are Documents Notarized?
To put it simply a Notary Public’s main purpose is to deter fraud. As an impartial witness, the Notary ensures that the signers of documents are who they say they are and not impostors. The Notary also makes sure that signers have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly.
What Are Your Terms And Policies?
At least 24 hours advanced notice required whenever possible.
Advanced payment required for same-day appointments.
No Cancellations/Refunds for same-day appointments.
Signings in remote areas and under extreme circumstances (rush jobs, long waiting, inclement weather, long distances, etc…) may result in additional fees.
Errors & Omissions caused by our notaries will be corrected at free of charge.
Cancellations should be made via email or phone no later than 4 hours prior to the scheduled appointment. This does not apply to same-day appointments.