Why I Always Call First

Minister Is A Verb

Many times, when I receive an assignment to handle a real estate signing as a Notary Signing Agent, the client will include a statement about going ahead even if I can not reach the signers/borrowers. Sometimes, they don’t provide useful phone numbers (disconnected, cell phone that is unanswered while they are at work, main switchboard for an employer where you need at least a department to reach them). In these cases, I find myself feeling the need to explain why I insist on calling the signer and, preferrably, speaking with them first before I go out.

First, there is the matter of I.D. If they don’t have a form of I.D. acceptable under the Tennessee rules for Notaries Public, they need to get a proper I.D. before I arrive. The only ways around that are if I already know the signer(s) personally (rarely happens) or if we can use a…

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About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed. Mobile Notary Public and Signing Agent, Freelance Writer, and Ordained Minister. Willing servant to cats. Science fiction and fantasy fan, avid reader, Founder of the Darrell Awards. Author of _Getting Started As A Notary Signing Agent_ (available from https://notarymemphis.wordpress.com/books). Please be kind to one another.
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