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Re: There are five active with that name.
Posted by MikeC/TX of TX on 3/15/18 4:50pm Msg #591191
"Sadly, Texas notary laws do NOT require training. They do NOT require testing. So, many notaries don't see it as a priority."

I was surprised when I first moved down here how easy it is to get a notary commission in this state - basically, you send in some money and buy a bond. The criminal background check is done randomly (or that was the situation when I got my commission here in 2011). This was very different from my experience in NY, which tests you on the state's notary laws in a timed exam and took a thumbprint before the test as part of the mandatory background check. When I took my test, I met a few people who said they needed it for their jobs and were there for the second or third try.

It's not surprising that mistakes are made here, even with the training materials the state provides. The only incentive to do more than just glance at that stuff is if you take pride in the work you do - and some people just don't care that much, so we end up with bonehead mistakes like this one. Per a TX attorney, the invalid notarization doesn't affect the validity of the document, it just creates a major problem for the notary.

I was wondering if Daniels just got it in her head that it should be notarized; the attorneys drawing up the agreement were trying to make it iron-clad, and they would have included a notarial certificate if they felt it was necessary. The names they used in the document were phony to hide the identities of the parties, so there's no legitimate way you could get those signatures notarized (although Daniels signed using her real name rather than the phony name on the signature line).

The whole thing is a comedy of errors - one party didn't sign at all, the other party signed with the wrong name, and the notary didn't notice either problem, just blindly putting her seal on a document that didn't even require notarization. The TX SOS would be doing the citizens of this state a service by revoking her commission immediately because she doesn't seem to understand what the position entails.
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 TX investigating notary over failure to sign Stormy Daniels - grapebed on 3/12/18 9:44pm
 Re: TX investigating notary over failure to sign Stormy Daniels -  Cheryl Elliott on 3/12/18 10:20pm
 Re: TX investigating notary over failure to sign Stormy Daniels -  ProntoGirl on 3/12/18 10:32pm
 Once again, gives all notaries a bad name n/m - BearPaw/CO on 3/12/18 10:40pm
 There is more to this story than meets the naked eye -  Cheryl Elliott on 3/12/18 10:53pm
 Re: There is more to this story than meets the naked eye - anotaryinva on 3/13/18 6:28am
 Only one party signed - jnew on 3/13/18 7:21am
 Re: TX investigating notary over failure to sign Stormy Daniels - James Powell on 3/13/18 7:20am
 Are we sure this Notary is independent?.. -  Pamela/CA on 3/13/18 12:36pm
 Re: Are we sure this Notary is independent?.. -  Cheryl Elliott on 3/13/18 1:18pm
 Uh-oh...appears to be a UPS notary.... -  Cheryl Elliott on 3/13/18 1:38pm
 Bingo! Vernier Law Firm -  Cheryl Elliott on 3/13/18 1:44pm
 Re: Bingo! Vernier Law Firm - Kathleen Reynolds on 3/14/18 7:24pm
 Lawyers looking for loopholes. This whole thing is -  MW/VA on 3/13/18 1:37pm
 Erica is no longer an active notary -  Cheryl Elliott on 3/13/18 1:42pm
 I wonder how much she got paid for the assignment? n/m - grapebed on 3/13/18 5:38pm
 Was Eric told it was a "split signing" - CW2Ret/VA on 3/13/18 5:52pm
 Re: Erica is no longer an active notary -  Cheryl Elliott on 3/13/18 10:45pm
 There are five active with that name. -  BrendaTx on 3/14/18 1:59pm
 Re: There are five active with that name. - MikeC/TX on 3/15/18 4:50pm
 Re: There are five active with that name. -  JanetK_CA on 3/15/18 8:11pm
 Re: There are five active with that name. -  BrendaTx on 3/16/18 12:58pm
 Re: TX investigating notary over failure to sign Stormy Daniels - MikeC/TX on 3/13/18 7:08pm
 It gets better (or could be worse) -  Cheryl Elliott on 3/13/18 9:04pm
 Re: It gets better (or could be worse) - MikeC/TX on 3/13/18 11:36pm
 Thank you, Mike. -  BrendaTx on 3/14/18 6:00pm
 You might want to ask for that to be removed. -  BrendaTx on 3/14/18 1:46pm
 Re: TX investigating notary over failure to sign Stormy Daniels -  JanetK_CA on 3/13/18 9:22pm
 Re: TX investigating notary over failure to sign Stormy Daniels -  Claudine Osborne on 3/13/18 9:54pm
 Re: TX investigating notary over failure to sign Stormy Daniels - Alan Ramos on 3/14/18 8:53pm



 
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