San Francisco Mobile Notary is often requested to prepare documents for clients, or assist in providing legal advice to clients prior to notarization. We are unable to do either of those things. We are often asked, can you create a document for __ purpose for me, can you draft a power of attorney for me, can you write a letter for me to be notarized, what kind of document do I need to do ____?.
We are only able to advise you of what requirements we have to be able to notarize a document, we cannot advise you beyond what is required for us to be able to do our duty of notarizing.
Our advice to anybody requiring legal assistance, or document preparation is as follows: 1. consult whomever the document is being sent to, or presented to. 2. Contact a lawyer or paralegal. 3. Research legal codes and online resources to do self-help legal preparation for yourself.
The basic requirements for notarization in California:
– There is a place to sign, and the document requires signing.
– Your name, or authorized capacity is listed within the documents as you needing to sign.
– It is dated with the date of the signing or you are required to fill in the date next to your signature.
– It has content within the document. It cannot be a blank sheet of paper, or a photograph. It must be an actual document with text.
– The document must be complete, and not missing information or blank spaces that can be edited or changed later.
Notaries Public in California are not lawyers. We verify the signature, and establish the identity of signers. We do not practice law, give legal advice, or create legal documents. Hire a lawyer. When you are properly ready with a document to be notarized we would be glad to notarize for you.