Several weeks ago, I received an assignment from a guardianship firm to provide mobile notary services. First of all, the package they sent was not completely addressed and that delayed its delivery to me.
Next, I opened the package and found there was no contact information for the people whose signature I would notarize. Five days ago, I called and left a message with the law firm and did not receive a call back. Today, I called and left another message.
They called back and said the signers’ phone numbers were on the cover letter. There was no stinkin’ cover letter!
Them: Oh, yes, there was.
Me thinking: No…no there wasn’t.
I assured them I wanted the check attached to the documents and could not cash it until I completed the job and I needed the phone numbers so I could do that. The cover letter was provided to me via email. I have no idea what’s going on in this case, but there were two signers for me to track down, Mr. Man and Ms. Lady.
I guess that sometimes God allows the notaries in Heaven to play tricks on us, the poor mortal notaries.
My head was spinning by the time I had set this appointment up.
When I talked to Mr. Man, he said,
“My notary commission might have expired, am I just signing documents? Do I have to notarize anything?”
Me: No sir. I’ll just be notarizing your signature. (Thinking: What??)
When I talked to Ms. Lady, she said,
“Bring your driver’s license so I can properly ID you!”
Me: Gladly, but I’m notarizing YOUR signature.
That confused her! She thought she was going to get a notarial fee.
Got that quieted down and then…
Now that I’ve got the appointment set, I have more problems!! I can’t sign this … Texas notaries cannot certify that that they took certain actions. They can certify true/correct copies of documents, but this isn’t that.
I got a little bit of expert input on it. I have decided that I will certify this as an individual, but not as a Texas notary.