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Friendly Signal Hill Mobile Notary

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Customer service can make or break a small business, as people are often more inclined to remember a bad experience versus a good one. As a business owner of over 15 years, I pride myself on providing quality service with a smile. My view is that life is complicated enough; therefore, I want your notary appointment to run as smoothly as possible.


In my 15 years as a mobile notary, I have had the pleasure of providing notary and California Apostille services to many of the businesses and residents of Signal Hill, CA (90755).


The public often thinks of Signal Hill as part of Long Beach because the city surrounds it, but it was incorporated in 1924.


Signal Hill's claim to fame is the discovery of oil in 1921. While the town does not produce as much oil as previously, it still is an oil producer.


Hilltop Park is one of the highlights of Signal Hill. Its 3.2 acres is at the top of the hill and provides spectacular views of the Santa Monica Mountains, Downtown Los Angeles, and most of Long Beach.


If you require the services of a friendly mobile notary, please call or text LaShon at (562) 314-4319. You can also easily schedule an appointment online.

Long Beach zip code service area - 90713, 90731, 90740, 90755, 90802, 90803, 90804, 90805, 90806, 90807, 90808, 90810, 90813, 90814, 90815, 90822, 90831.

Dependable Downtown Long Beach Mobile Notary

Posted on February 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Downtown Long Beach, CA, (90802) loosely runs from Ocean Blvd to 7th. This part town is the most the touristy part of Long Beach with The Queen Mary, Shoreline Village, and The Aquarium of the Pacific all within the vicinity. Also, several annual events take place in the area, such as The Grand Prix and the Long Beach Jazz Festival.


The Downtown area is also the business hub of Long Beach with its highrise office buildings, City Hall, the Superior Court, and the police station. I always enjoy the hustle and bustle of this part of the city in comparison to the quieter sections of Long Beach.


As The Document Diva, I have provided notary and California Apostille services to the businesses and residents of Downtown Long Beach for 15 years. If you require the services of a mobile notary, please call or text LaShon at (562) 314-4319. You can also easily schedule an appointment online.


Long Beach zip code service area - 90713, 90731, 90740, 90755, 90802, 90803, 90804, 90805, 90806, 90807, 90808, 90810, 90813, 90814, 90815, 90822, 90831.

Bixby Knolls Mobile Notary

Posted on February 22, 2020 at 4:05 PM

Long Beach, CA, is one sizable city comprised of many smaller neighborhoods. One of those neighborhoods that are easily accessible from the 405 and 710 freeways is Bixby Knolls (90807). The area includes the Los Cerritos-Virginia Country Club and the historic Rancho Los Cerritos Ranch House.


The community is quite active with monthly events put on by the Bixby Knolls Business Association. First Fridays is a popular, monthly event showcasing the businesses, restaurants, and shops along Atlantic Blvd. There are also art, music, and food events put on regularly.


I have provided mobile notary services to the businesses and residences in Bixby Knolls for 15 years now. Bixby Knolls Towers, Palmcrest Grand Assisted Living, Long Beach Healthcare, Catered Manor Nursing Center, and Pacific Villa are the convalescent centers I frequently provide service to in the area.


I love the diverse neighborhoods of Long Beach. Whether it is Downtown Long Beach, Alamitos Beach, Wrigley, Naples, Belmont Shore, Belmont Heights, California Heights, Park Estates, Los Cerritos, El Dorado, or Signal Hill, they all make Long Beach a great city to live and work.


Call or text The Document Diva at (562) 314-4319 to make an appointment. Appointments can also be scheduled online.

Long Beach zip code service area - 90713, 90731, 90740, 90755, 90802, 90803, 90804, 90805, 90806, 90807, 90808, 90810, 90813, 90814, 90815, 90822, 90831,


What is an Affidavit of Inability to Appear Form?

Posted on February 21, 2020 at 5:50 PM

To get married in the State of California, an engaged couple needs to purchase a marriage license from the County Clerk before a marriage ceremony can take place. In most cases, both parties have to appear before the Clerk, but there are a few exceptions. If one of the parties is hospitalized or incarcerated, they are exempt from appearing.


To purchase the marriage license, the person that cannot appear signature is notarized on an Affidavit of Inability To Appear form. While each County Clerk has its form, what is required is virtually the same as they are following state regulations. The form requires the full name of the person unable to appear, the proof of their reason for not appearing, and their signature.


Once the Affidavit of Inability to Appear is notarized, the other party appears before the County Clerk with the person solemnizing the marriage. It is at this time that the marriage license is purchased.


I have notarized this document many times over the years. Most times, it is for a jail marriage, but today it was at Long Beach Memorial Hospital for a couple wanting to get remarried. The hospitalized fiance was incapable of appearing before the County Clerk, so I came to his bedside. The couple was very appreciative of my service.

Call or text The Document Diva at (562) 314-4319 to make an appointment. Appointments can also be scheduled online.

Notary Services at Lynwood Women's Jail

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 5:50 PM

The Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF), also known as the Lynwood Women's Jail, is an all-female jail in Lynwood, CA. The capacity is to house 2,100 inmates.


Public visits are Saturday and Sunday by appointment only from 7:30 AM-5:30 PM. The jail is closed from 12:30-2 PM for lunch. To schedule an appointment visit the LA County Sheriff's Inmate's Visition Scheduling System.


I provide notary services to the Lynwood Jail seven days a week. The jail has attorney visiting hours Monday through Friday from 9:15 AM-4 PM, except 1-2 PM when they are closed for lunch, which allows professionals to visit inmates without the need to make an appointment.


The most common documents notarized are powers of attorney and temporary child custody papers. You will need to provide the forms, or you can download them from my website.


The process of performing a notary at the Lynwood Jail takes about thirty minutes. The notary service starts at $130 and includes travel, parking, and one notarized document. Please call or text (562) 314-4319 to schedule an appointment.


I also provide notarial services at Men's Central, Twin Towers, and Pitchess Detention Center.

How to get a Power of Attorney Notarized in Jail

Posted on September 14, 2019 at 6:10 PM

A loved one going to jail creates a handful of unexpected problems and stress. Not only is the American legal system complicated to navigate; it is also costly. And because someone is incarcerated does not mean that their financial obligations stop. Thankfully, there is a provision in the law that provides help.

If an inmate needs someone to handle his financial obligations, he can sign a power of attorney. A power of attorney is a legal document that allows him to appoint an agent, aka an attorney-in-fact, to act on his behalf. This action is vital if the inmate needs to buy or sell a residence, retrieve property from a pawn shop, or to recover a vehicle from police impound. A power of attorney is signed in front of a notary public, and it is then notarized.

An inmate must be mindful of whom he chooses to act as his agent because he is putting his financial life in the hands of someone else. A power of attorney allows the attorney-in-fact to do many things, such as open a bank account, purchase property, take a loan, all in the principal's name. The powers given will continue to exist for an entire lifetime unless terminated or stated otherwise.

If you need a power of attorney notarized by an inmate, you should work with someone familiar with the jail system. Mistakes due to an inexperienced notary can be detrimental.

As a legal professional, notaries do not need an appointment to visit an inmate in a Los Angeles or Orange County jail. Once you decide to move forward with the notarization, you will meet me, The Document Diva, at the county jail, if feasible, and I will go into the jail to complete the notary. I will need the power of attorney document, the inmate's name and booking number, and payment. Because the inmate's wristband is an acceptable ID, you will not need any other ID. The jail notary appointment usually takes thirty minutes to an hour if there are no lockdowns or other issues.

Los Angeles County Jails - Men's Central, Twin Towers, Pitchess Detention Center (Wayside), Century Regional Detention Center (Lynwood Women's Jail).

Orange County Jails - Orange County Men's Central Jail, Theo Lacy Facility, James Musick Facility, Women's Central Jail.

How to get a Small Estate Affidavit in CA?

Posted on February 27, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Losing a loved one is one of the most traumatic events anyone can experience. Along with the emotional turmoil, there are often legal affairs that have to be settled. Moreover, if there is no will the decedent's heirs may have to go to probate court to divide the estate. Thankfully there is a way to avoid the headache and expense of the probate court.

If it is an estate valued at less than $150,000 the California Probate Code 13050 has created a procedure that allows a beneficiary to inherit a small estate without a formal probate proceeding. The process involves having an Affidavit for Collection of Personal Property notarized.

You're entitled to use the small estate procedure if you have a legal right to inherit from the deceased. People who qualify include a beneficiary in the deceased's will and the guardian or conservator of the estate.

If the deceased died without a will (intestate), then you must be someone who has a right to inherit under the state intestacy inheritance law (spouse, child, or possibly other relatives if no spouse or child exists).

The affidavit must be accompanied by:

  1. A certified copy of the death certificate
  2. Evidence of the decedent’s ownership of the property
  3. Proof of identity of the person signing the affidavit

Personal property is anything that is not real estate, such as furniture, jewelry, household goods, and bank documents.

To collect the personal property three criteria must be met:

  1. At least 40 days must have elapsed since the death
  2. No administrative proceedings are pending
  3. The estate cannot exceed $150,000 in value

Does the small estate affidavit need to be filed with the court?

No documents are required to be filed with the court if the small estate law is used.

Where do you get a small estate affidavit?

You can get the form from the court in the county of the decedent or online.

I have included links to the Affidavit for Collection of Personal Property form, the California Courts, LegalZoom, and the Sacramento Law Library for more detailed information.

You've Become a Notary, Now What? Let Me Coach You!

Posted on February 19, 2019 at 3:30 PM

You took the notary class, studied for the test and passed the background check, so what's next? First of all, congratulations on becoming a notary! Passing the notary test is not always easy, so you’re to be commended. You’re now an official officer of the state. Who knew that one day people would pay you for your signature?!

I know when I first became a notary over ten years ago I was intimidated about performing my first notarization. There are countless documents to be notarized, it’s impossible to know them all, and I didn’t want to make a mistake. Thankfully, I received valuable training from another experienced notary.

With that said, I’m happy to announce my new notary coaching services. In an hour-long, one-on-one video training, I will walk you through notarizing the most commonly notarized documents. We will notarize a deed of trust, power of attorney, learn how to fill out your notary journal, discuss when to use a jurat or an acknowledgment, cover what is a copy certification by document custodian, certify a copy of a power of attorney, and much more!

The new notary coaching is the training for you if you are interested in learning how to notarize documents right the first time, are nervous about performing your first notarization, or you want to walk into your first notary appoint poised and confident.

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Getting Your Estate Plan Ready for the New Year

Posted on January 11, 2019 at 7:50 PM

The new year brings a lot of excitement and expectation as to what is to come. Many people take this as an opportunity to set goals they want to accomplish in the coming months. One of those goals should be to review, or put in place, an estate plan.

In California alone, over a thousand new laws went into effect January 1st, 2019. Because some of those laws could affect your estate, it's essential to review and update your plan. Also, any major life event such as a marriage, divorce, moving to a new state, birth of a child, or the death of a loved one should trigger a review.

The primary purpose of an estate plan is to help you examine your financial needs and assets to make sure that your heirs are provided for in the best possible way in the event of your death. One benefit is that a trust can protect your heirs from the costly and complicated probate process. In California assets valued at over $150,000 are automatically sent to probate if there is no trust in place.

While an estate plan is made up of various financial documents, only a few require notarization. Those are a power of attorney, a medical directive, a trust, a certification of trust, a HIPPA release, and grant deeds if you're transferring property to the trust.

Estate plans are complicated legal documents, so often they are drawn up by an attorney or financial planner. But if you are knowledgeable it is also possible to do it yourself with forms purchased at an office supply store or online.

Find Unclaimed Money For FREE

Posted on January 2, 2019 at 3:15 PM

One of the best feelings in the world is finding money you didn't know you had. Whether it's on the street or in the pocket of an old pair of jeans, finding money feels like you have won the lottery.

Did you that you can quickly check online to see if there is any unclaimed money being held by the state in your name? Each state has a database that you can search. You can go directly to your state's website, or as I just discovered Credit Karma has an unclaimed money feature.

While finding money might seem like a fluke there is actually $40 billion sitting with state governments right now. The cash comes from uncashed paychecks, forgotten bank accounts, unclaimed refunds, and insurance payments that were never collected. After a company or financial institution loses touch, that cash is considered abandoned and is handed over to the state government until it's claimed.

Each state has its own rules about filing a claim online or by mail. If the money is over a certain amount, the state may require the claim form be notarized. Check your unclaimed money status today at