Thursday, January 22, 2009

Your Notary client has the mercer bacterial infection

Some notaries may decline to enter the room and leave without notarizing. No one will fault you. Mercer bacteria can be deadly and there are few antibiotics that will kill the bacteria. If you decide to enter the room, you need to take the following precautions:
1. Wash your hands before entering and after you you leave.
2.Put on disposable gloves before entering the room.
3, Put on a disposable gown.
4. Va does not require a log book signature - leave your notary book and supplies outside the room.
5. Put on a disposable mask and preferable a disposable cap.
6. Observe the signing after determining the identity of the individual and determining that the client understands what is being signed.AS you are leaving the room , remove mask, gown, gloves, and hat and place them in the proper receptacle.
7.Complete your notarization and stamping and entry into you book outside the room and make note why you did not have the client sign the book.
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Thursday, January 8, 2009

The School System is violating your client's civil rights?

During a notarization you discover that the local school system is possible violating the civil rights of your client in a non criminal manner. Do you call Va Dept of Education 1804-225-2618 Notaries are not Judge Judy, Dick Tracy, Raymond Burr, or Perry Mason. You complete the notarization: no further action is necessary!!!!!You refer the client to the Va Dept of Education where there is a person assigned to investigate civil rights violations!!!You can also refer them to the U.S. Department of Education:

The OCR National Headquarters is located at:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Customer Service Team
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1100

Telephone: 1-800-421-3481
FAX: 202-245-6840; TDD: 877-521-2172

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Are Supervisors of Notaries Criminal liable for the criminal acts of the notaries they supervise?

US vs Park, 421 U.S. 658 (1975) held that supervisor of a lower echelon employee could be held liable for the criminal misconduct of the employee if the supervisor did not take corrective action once the supervisor discovered the misconduct. The decision only applies to criminal actions,not civil matters. Clearly supervisor of notaries need to be watchful of their notaries.However,this would also apply to a school district executive who failed to take corrective action once embezzlement was discovered by the executive. A Principal who discovers an Assistant Principal engaged in obstruction of justice or witness tampering would required to take corrective action to avoid criminal prosecution. Once state prosecutor discover this decision they could turn into pit bulls with law licenses when they are dealing with criminal misconduct of notaries and their supervisors who failed to take corrective actions of the criminal misconduct of the notaries they supervise!!!!
The VA Notebook says the following:
Liability of the Notary’s Employer
The employer of a notary may be civilly or criminally liable for certain acts.
The employer may be liable for damages caused by the notary’s official misconduct if:
The misconduct was performed as part of the notary’s employment
The employer knew about the misconduct, or should have known about it
Any employer who encourages, threatens, or otherwise intentionally causes an employee to violate the notary laws may be found guilty of a misdemeanor.