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 (May 2016). Mobile notary public and signing agent, freelance writer, and ordained minister. Science fiction and fantasy fan, willing servant to cats, avid reader and collector of books and other stuff. Please see my websites (including this blog and others) for more info on me and what I think about the issues of the day.
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