Throughout my years as I notary I’ve heard it all before.

People often ask me what a notary even does, or why they would ever need my services.

But the truth is, nobody needs a notary until they really, really need a notary.

So, what exactly does a notary do?

In short, a notary public is a state-appointed official who verifies the identity of individuals signing important documents. We are responsible for ensuring that the signer is who they say they are and that they are signing the document of their own free will.

Now, you might be thinking, “But I never sign important documents! Why would I ever need a notary?”

And that’s where you’re wrong. There are a surprising number of situations where a notary is necessary.

For example, if you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll need a notary to verify the signatures on the closing documents. Or if you’re getting married and need a prenuptial agreement, a notary will be required to make it legally binding. And if you’re starting a business, you may need a notary to notarize your articles of incorporation or a commercial lease agreement.

But here’s the thing: even if you don’t think you’ll need a notary, it’s always a good idea to have one in your contact list just in case. You never know when an unexpected legal situation might arise, and having a notary available can save you a lot of time, money, and stress.

And let’s be real, getting a document notarized isn’t exactly the most thrilling activity. But as a notary, I always try to make the process as painless (and even a little bit fun) as possible. Maybe we’ll chat about the weather or your pets before or after we go through the paperwork. I love meeting new people and getting a small glimpse into their lives.

So, the next time someone asks you why you would ever need a notary, remember this: nobody needs a notary until they really need a notary. And when that time comes, you’ll be grateful to have one on your side.

Be sure to add me to the contacts in your phone!


Linda, Precision Notary