Need a notarized signature in order to file legal documents or take the next step in a legal transaction? Why do banks, courts and other legal institutions require a notary signature?
Simply put, a notarized signature is often required to witness and certify the person signing a document is who he says he is. A notary’s primary job is to prevent fraud and to give legal institutions confidence a legal document is legitimate.
Appointed by WA State
As a notary public, the official name given to people who provide notary services, we are appointed by Washington state government via the Secretary of State, to perform notary duties. We act as an impartial witness when it comes to signing important legal documents. Part of our notary duties include screening of all signers and making sure each person signs of their own free will. Part of the job includes witnessing the signing. The other part of our job requires maintaining accurate records of all notary transactions completed.
How It Works
When you go to a notary, you’ll be asked to provide identification to verify you are who you say you are. Some types of legal documents require you to provide two forms of identification, so check in advance to find out what you need to bring. Do NOT sign your legal documents before coming to our or any other notary’s office. Once your ID and willingness to sign is verified, then you sign the documents in front of the notary. You must do so without anyone forcing you to sign. Once you sign, the notary adds their own signature, an official notary seal and commission details. You now have a notarized signature.
Qualifications for a Notary
In Washington state, one must obtain a surety bond from an insurance company in order to apply to become a notary public. You also attend a notary education class and must learn the laws and rules for becoming a notary public.
Types of Documents Requiring a Notary
The most common types of documents requiring a notarized signature include the following. By no means is this a complete list, though.
- Wills (click here to buy an instant download of a will)
- Living Trusts
- Home mortgage Deed of Trust
- Power of attorney designations (click here to buy an instant download of a power of attorney)
- Prenuptial agreements (click here to buy an instant download of a prenuptial agreement)
- Bill of Sale
- Transferring an automobile
- Consent for a minor to travel abroad
Give Attorneys’ Information Bureau/Do It Yourself Legal Kits a call at (206) 622-1909 to find out what you need to get your signature notarized. Our office, located in the King County Courthouse in Seattle, is open from Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for notary services (please note, we’re closed from 12 to 1:00 p.m.)