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How to Find a Notary

Posted by LaShon James-Major on August 26, 2015 at 3:55 PM



Well, you've already found me so your search for a notary is over! Lol But if you are looking for a notary in a city outside of the Long Beach area what do you do then? It depends on what you are looking for.

If you are looking for a notary to travel to you in your city there are a few notary directories such as Notary Rotary and 123 Notary or you can always Google "notary" and your zip code or city. If you are looking to avoid the travel fees of a mobile notary and you would rather walk into a location you can try your local UPS store as most of them have notaries on staff.

Mobile notaries, such as myself, come in handy when the signer is in a hospital, convalescent home, jail, at work, or they just want the conveniece of a notary traveling to them. Mobile notaries can accomodate your schedule by setting appointments late night, weekends, and holidays.

Please contact LaShon, The Document Diva, at (562) 314-4319 if you need a mobile notary in Long Beach, Lakewood, Carson, Wilmington, Bellflower, or other surrouding city. My hours are 8 am - 8 pm 7 days a week.


Foreign Adoption Requirements

Posted by LaShon James-Major on March 3, 2015 at 5:05 PM



The one thing I like about being a notary is the variety. You meet a variety of clients and perform a variety of notarizations, no two days are the same.

At least a couple of times a year I have the privilege of helping couples with their international adoption paperwork. I've had experience with countries in Africa like Ethiopia, Haiti, South Korea, and India. Each countries' requirements are different but they each require a minimum of 10 different notarizations. From employment verification to health records to background checks they all require notarization. The international adoption process is a very involved, lengthy process. Once the documents are notarized they must be Apostilled or authenticated to verify the documents were legally notarized.

The U.S. Department of State website offers information on the eligibilty requirements  for foreign adoptions and what steps to take if the country is a member of the Hague Adoption Convention or not.

If you require a mobile notary in the greater Long Beach area for your intercountry adoption please contact The Document Diva @ 562-314-419.



2015 Brings New Notary Laws

Posted by LaShon James-Major on February 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM

A new year usually means new notary laws in California and 2015 was not any different. I would love to be a fly on the wall when the law makers in Sacramento decide to enact new notary laws. They come across as quite arbitrary because there is very little communication between the Secretary of State and California notaries.

 

This year the California legislators decided to add additional wording to all acknowledgment and jurat certificates. The new certificates must include a disclaimer in an enclosed box before the venue information of state and county. 

 


In order to be ready for January 1, 2015 I created my own form and printed about 50 to keep in my notary bag. I also purchased a stamp with the new wording to use when applicable.

 

If you are a California notary be sure to use the latest notary certificates, and if you need a document notarized make sure your notary uses the correct acknowledgment or jurat or you run the risk of your document being rejected if it is being recorded or Apostilled.


Now Offering Court & County Document Services

Posted by LaShon James-Major on December 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM


In addition to our mobile notary and apostille services The Document Diva is now adding court and county recorder document retrieval to the list of services we offer.


We currently offer document retrievel from the following California Superior Courts -  Long Beach, Bellflower, Downey, Compton, Norwalk, and Torrance. The types of documents available for retrieval are civil, criminal, family law, juvenile, and traffic. 


Fictious business name filings and document recording and retrieval are available at the Los Angeles County Recorder. Common documents recorded are Deeds, Deeds of Trust, Leases, and Notice of Default.


Please contact The Document Diva for more information and pricing

(562) 314-4319



Celebrating 10 Years!

Posted by LaShon James-Major on October 2, 2014 at 5:05 PM



It really is amazing how fast time passes. I was not aware that I have now been serving as a California notary for 10 years until I started receiving notifications of congratulations from LinkedIn.


I decided to become a notary after I was injured on the job and subsequently laid off. From that moment on I was determined to never work full-time for anyone else again. At that time I acquired my tax preparer's, insurance, and notary license. I never would have imagined that being a notary would become my career.


Working as a notary has allowed me to meet hundreds of people and travel thousands of miles. It is never a dull day as each day brings its own unique set of experiences. It isn't always easy because the need for a notary cannot be predicated, and competition has increased over the years but I have stuck it out. I enjoy working with clients who value my services and like the convenience of a traveling notary so I look forward to continue my work as a mobile notary.


If you require the services of a traveling notary in Long Beach, Lakewood, Wilmington, Carson, or any other surrounding area please contact The Document Diva @ (562) 314-4319.



Mobile Notary at the Lynwood Jail

Posted by LaShon James-Major on July 7, 2014 at 7:40 PM

The Lynwood Jail (Central Regional Detention Center) is a womens only jail in Los Angeles County located in Lynwood, CA with the capacity to hold 2,100 women.


Documents frequently notarized at the Lynwood Jail include powers of attorney, parental permission to travel forms, and child custody documents. A notary is a legal professional so we are allowed to perform notarizations 7 days a week during the jails operating hours.


Please contact LaShon James-Major, The Document Diva, for more information about performing a notary at the Central Regional Detention Center (Lynwood Jail) @ 562-314-4319.

What is a Mobile Notary?

Posted by LaShon James-Major on July 7, 2014 at 7:20 PM

A notary is commisioned by the state to act as an independent witness to the signing of documents. Once the signer presents acceptable ID that is verified by the notary, the notary witnesses the signer sign the document and then puts her signature and stamp on the document.


Notaries often work at mailbox stores or other similar locations but in some cases it is more convenient or practical to have a notary travel to you. For instance, if a patient is hopsitalized and needs to appoint a power of attorney, or a business person needs work-related documents notarized at his office, or an individual is incarcerated, then for obvious reasons the person cannot leave to find a notary, or you would just prefer the luxury of a notary traveling to you rather than having to search for one. 


These are just some of the reasons you would hire a mobile notary. Mobile notaries take the stress out of getting your important documents notarized by traveling to you at a time and location that is convenient for you.


Every traveling notary sets their own travel fee but in CA the maximum we are allowed to charge per notarization is $10 per signature.


If you are in the Long Beach, Lakewood, Wilmington, Carson, or other surrounding city and are in need of a mobile notary please call LaShon James-Major, The Document Diva @ (562) 314-4319.

Parental Permission to Travel Abroad

Posted by LaShon James-Major on May 16, 2014 at 2:05 AM


The summer months are upon us. Soon children will out of school, water parks will be open, the malls will be invaded by teenagers, and the beaches will be over run by sun worshipers looking for the perfect tan.

 

Summer also brings the summer travel season. During summer travel children may be traveling with their parents, one parent, or a relative out of the country. If the child is under 18 and traveling without both parents there are special travel rules you need to be aware of.

 

Due to the increase in child abductions in disputed child custody cases and as possible victims of child pornography when a child is not accompanied by both parents it is strongly recommended by the U.S. Border and Customs Protection that the traveling adult have a note from both parents acknowledging that the child is traveling abroad with their permission. It is also suggested that the note be notarized.

 

The recommended format is:

 

"I acknowledge that my wife/husband/etc. is traveling out of the country with my son/daughter/group. He/She/They has/have my permission to do so."

 

We all know that Google is our all-knowing best friend so googling "parental permission to travel" will enable you to find many free forms ready for download and use. Because travel requirements can change, it is always a good idea to check the latest information about document requirements on the US State Department website.

 

 

How to Obtain a California Senior Citizen ID Card

Posted by LaShon James-Major on May 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM



All to often when older people stop driving they let their drivers license expire so they are left without any identification. This poses a problem when they need to present valid ID, such as when they need a document notarized.

A simple solution is to get a California Senior Citizen ID card. The IDs are good for ten years and if the senior is bed bound the DMV will send someone out to their home.

To obtain a Senior Citizen ID card you will need:

 

  • Form DL 44 which can be mailed to you by calling the DMV at 800-777-0133
  • A birth certificate or other acceptable document
  • Provide your social security number
  • Your full legal name


The Senior Citizen ID card is free if your are 62 or older.

 



Hospital Mobile Notary

Posted by LaShon James-Major on February 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM



Long Beach has four major hospitals  - Long Beach Memorial, Pacific Hospital, Community Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. Unfortunately, it isn't until someone is hospitalized that often times people remember the importance of having their affairs in order.


Part of having your affairs in order to have a health care directive and power of attorney filled out and notarized so that care givers and financial institutions know who you have appointed to handle your affairs if there ever is a time when you are unable to.


Hospitals and convalescent homes will want to have your health care directive on file and financial institatuations will want a copy of your power of attorney before they let  any transcations be performed on the behalf of someone else.

If you need a mobile notary The Document Diva travels to hospitals, residences and convalescent homes to assist with all power of attorney and health care directive needs.

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