Adventures of a Notary Signing Agent

I have a client who sends me work and asks me to contact the signers to schedule the appointment. This time they wanted me to schedule a closing with the borrower “sometime this month.” I spoke with the borrower’s wife and scheduled it for the next Saturday, then sent an email to let the client know the details of when and where.

Later that day, the client sent me an email: “Can we date the docs for Friday and have them signed back-dated to that day?”



NO! That’s fraud and it is illegal. If the docs are date-sensitive and have to be signed the day you put on them, either put Saturday on them or we can reset this to next week.

“Oh, okay. We usually have them back-dated.” Yikes! Don’t tell me that! I don’t want to know if you do illegal stuff. There is NO privacy privilege between clients and notaries — I’m not an attorney.

They sent the documents dated for Saturday and the appointment went through without a hitch.

The moral of the story is:
Some companies REALLY need to have their employees receive some training by lawyers.


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 Please be kind to one another.
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