Document notarization is essential to the transferal of real property and validating legal documents. If you are buying or selling property, a home, land, car, or boat, you’ll become acquainted with document notarization. If you are executing a Will, Power of Attorney, or Registering an Out-of-State vehicle, just to name a few, document notarization will be an important aspect of the process.
The signing of most legal documents requires that a Notary be present to confirm:
- All Signer’s identities are verified.
- Signers understand the documents they are signing.
- Signers are entering into a transaction of their own free will, and not being coerced.
A Florida Notary Public is an “Official of Integrity” commissioned by the office of the Governor of the State of Florida. Notaries are appointed to serve the public as an impartial witness in performing a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents.
SIGN IN THE NOTARY'S PRESENCE
Wait, don’t sign yet!
Florida law considers many documents to be important enough to be signed in the presence of a Notary Public.
The Notary Public is directly responsible for determining that the person signing is who they state they are,
before they sign a document.
So, wait for the Notary to first verify your ID before you sign your documents.
Some Documents That Need Notarization.
Don’t worry if you don’t see your document, this is only a partial list.
- Adoption Papers
- Advanced Health Care
- Claim of Lien
- Divorce Documents
- Loyalty Oaths
- Mortgage Documents
- Power of Attorney (POA)
- Prenuptial Agreement
- Self-Proving Will / Codicil
- Trusts and Estates
- Wills (all types)