Updated: Oct 20, 2022
Having the right business contacts in your network can save you time and effort in the future. Most people's network or business contacts include doctors, dentists, attorneys, colleagues, and other business connections. However, when it comes to having a preferred Notary's contact information saved, most people never think about that.
Let's test the theory right now. Do you have a Notary's contact info saved in your phone contacts? Can you call a Notary right now to notarize an important document that needs to be completed by the end of the day? Do you know someone that knows a Notary that you could get in touch with right now? If you answered no to all 3 questions, then you need to find a preferred Notary. I know what you're thinking, it's not a big deal. You rarely have documents that need to be notarized and you could find a Notary if you really needed it. You're probably right! But you don't need a Notary until you need one urgently.
More than 1.25 billion papers are notarized every year in the U.S. by Notaries witnessing document signings, verifying the signers' identities and willingness to sign. Notarizing a document is identical to the signer swearing under oath in a judicial court that the document's facts are accurate and correct. You don't want to have to do a quick Google search or scramble around calling family or friends asking if they know a Notary. You want to have a good Notary already vetted and on call when you need them to prevent delays or having to hire hastily.
Take the time to find the right Notary sooner than later. Couple of things to consider when choosing a Notary:
Location - Most Notaries will travel but you want to find out where a Notary is located. Choosing a Notary closer to your location is ideal to reduce travel time and travel fees.
Qualifications - Missouri Notaries must pass an examination to become a Notary but no other training is technically required. Finding a Notary that has taken training courses, attended seminars, and other ongoing learning and education is someone that takes the role seriously.
Fees - A Notary is allowed to charge fees for notarizing documents based on the state's limit. A Notary may also charge a travel fee.
Communication - A Notary should be reachable by phone or calendar booking. The main reason to vet a Notary in advance is to have one that is convenient and easy to reach or schedule Notary appointments with. Again, you don't want to have to scramble to find and book a Notary.
Have I convinced you to find a Notary and save that person as a contact yet? I hope so! I would love for you to choose me as your preferred Notary in Missouri. I am certified, trained, and background screened with the National Notary Association. I am also a Human Resources Professional, so I know the importance of acting responsibly, exercising reasonable care, and complying with all pertinent laws. My mission is to provide properly executed documents in a professional and confidential manner for all clients. Please call me if you have any questions!
As your preferred Notary, here's my information to save in your phone contacts:
EVS Notary & Apostille Services