June 16, 2012
NotaryNow — Online Notary
Be still my heart.
The final real world drag appears to have been disappeared into virtual space.
First it was entering a bank to make a deposit or withdrawal, put paid to by drive-through teller windows.
Next it was grocery shopping, ended when Relay Foods appeared — right here, smack in my Podunk town of all places — with an alternative that's so much better in every way (time/effort/cost/selection) it's not even close.
But having to drive down to my bank and sit for a half hour waiting for a notary to notarize some legal document, on average once a month but sometimes several times during a week, has gotten very old over the years.
Especially since the Bank of America Barracks Road branch has decided to keep the volume fairly high on the flat screen TV in the waiting area — which not surprisingly has a distorted picture as a result of an incorrectly set aspect ratio, as do most such public flat screens.
The third time sink — waiting in the endless line at the local branch of the post office — finally became a thing of the past only last month when I discovered that FedEx Home Delivery will pick up a package left on my front doorstep, deliver it in the evening or on Saturday within two days, and charge me half or less the post office price.
Now comes NotaryNow, which you can bet I will be trying the next time I have to have a document notarized.
In the meantime you go ahead, and let me know what you think of it.
Full disclosure: I've never used an ATM, had a debit card, banked online, or paid monthly bills via automatic credit card billing — and I never will.
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I ALWAYS pay with a credit card.
Posted by: bookofjoe | Jun 24, 2012 6:00:33 PM
As to your full disclosure notice... Why no ATM use or debit card? I can understand not wanting to access such personal info as banking online but I don't know if I could function without a debit card in retail situations. Do you just choose to write checks or pay in cash? Trying not to be nosy but, I am curious.
Posted by: Matt | Jun 24, 2012 3:43:33 PM
PT, read the comment immediately before yours for details.
Posted by: bookofjoe | Jun 17, 2012 4:03:31 PM
Posted by: PT | Jun 17, 2012 3:56:24 PM
It depends upon the jurisdiction and the text of the jurat for a notary to function as described.
"On this date, June 16, 2012, Joseph Stirt, M.D., a person known, or proven, to me to be the affiant herein, and did, upon his Oath, sign this affidavit in my presence in Albermarle (sp), County in the Commonwealth of Virginia..."
I don't think this jurat is an accurate representation of a virtual notary's services (as required for Affidavits to be accepted as self-proving, sworn documents in every Federal Court that I've ever dealt with - including NY, NJ, D.C., AZ, NM, MO, KS, IL and CA). I also know that LA has some of the strangest laws regarding notaries and issues lifetime notarial appointments.
I'd be certain that the virtual Notarial service met the statutory standards of each individual jurisdiction less the document be challenged and struck.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jun 16, 2012 10:43:19 AM
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