“No Other Notary Had a Problem With That”

Currently, my least favorite statement to hear a client say is “we’ve been doing it this way for years and no other Notary had a problem with it.”

The reasons why I don’t like to hear this are many. Among them are:

First, how am I supposed to respond?  Do you expect me to say, “okay, I will do it however you want it done?” As a Notary Public and an independent contractor, I simply can not do that.

Second, my sincerely-held belief that what you have asked me to do is illegal / immoral / unethical or just plain wrong is not subject to a vote of my peers. Just because other people did it a certain way, that does not make it right.

Third, I am responsible for how I do the work that is assigned to me, not for how other people do the work that is assigned to them. If I don’t do it to the best of my ability and by following what I believe are the Best Practices and the laws, rules, and regulations for my jurisdiction, you may get what you say you want now — but it WILL come back as a Serious Problem for both of us sooner or later. The only thing I have control over is how I do the work and you have asked me to assist you so that I will do it properly, not however someone else does it.

Fourth, if that statement is your first reaction when I voice a concern, you are not listening to my concern. I work in a dual capacity — both as a Notary Public (serving the public) AND as a Signing Agent (serving my clients). When I point out a problem, it is not to make life difficult for you. It IS to give you the benefit of my experience, training, and research. I am trying to help you, my client, as any good service vendor should.

No, I am not a lawyer. I am not offering you legal advice or legal opinions. That does not mean that I have to remain silent when I see you about to commit what appears to me to be an obvious error or when you ask me to make one.

The reason you hire a Notary Public is to be as sure as possible that the signed document will be acceptable to all those parties to whom it may be sent. As a Certified Notary Signing Agent of over 12 years (and a Notary Public of over 17 years, with 5 years experience as a Legal Secretary), I have the skills, experience, and background to help you achieve that.

Please contact me when you need a Notary Public or a Certified Notary Signing Agent in Memphis or Shelby, Fayette or Tipton Counties in Tennessee.


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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One Response to “No Other Notary Had a Problem With That”

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