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just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 04, 2008 07:11PM
today I had to sign some documents and rather than paying 3-4 bucks each, I stopped by at my bank, showed them the checking card (to prove that I am a customer) and then I signed the papers and the lady put her stamp and seal, free of charge.

Each time someone mentions they need to go to a notary, and I tell them it's free at the bank, they say "Really?"

just a friendly reminder that you don't have to pay for this service, it's already included in your banking benefits
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: August 04, 2008 07:18PM
It's not free at every bank.

I've had the best luck getting freebies at real estate offices.
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 04, 2008 07:19PM
My car insurance agent does it for me.
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 04, 2008 07:24PM
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MacMagus
It's not free at every bank.

I've had the best luck getting freebies at real estate offices.

note that I said "at MOST banks". I imagine there are banks that don't offer this for free, but most that I used did. YMMV
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: August 04, 2008 07:27PM
I've decided it depends on the mood of the person you ask! We used to get all of our stuff notarized at the bank, and then the woman who had been doing it was transferred to another branch. I've gone in there two times since needing something notarized, and once it was done and once it wasn't. Their official position is that they will notarize for free for documents related to customer accounts in some way. I think I've since snuggled up to another person who'll give me the freebies. Until she leaves at least.
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: Forrest
Date: August 04, 2008 07:38PM
The town clerk is a public notary in my town - and it's a free service for all residents.
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: graylocks
Date: August 04, 2008 07:57PM
my wachovia has notaries but i recently found out there are limits to what they would notarize. i had to close on a HELOC and they wouldn't do it because it involved a deed. i found a notary at a nearby insurance office who did 3 or 4 forms for me for $5.
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: sunfalcon
Date: August 04, 2008 08:14PM
My boss is a notary - he takes care of me.
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: kap
Date: August 04, 2008 08:30PM
Is there a compiled list of institutions and businesses where one could get free notary services?



West San Gabriel Valley, California ... for the time being :-)
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: michaelb
Date: August 04, 2008 09:03PM
I am a notary. Wish I could take care of your notarial needs, but it is not something I can really do online.

Banks are hit or miss around here (but every bank has notaries).
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: Don C
Date: August 04, 2008 10:24PM
Our secretary can notarize our stuff.
But that raises the question for michaelb. How does one become a notary? Is there an expense in it for you? I presume that the stamp machine costs you something.
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: August 05, 2008 07:54AM
I'm a notary. I am constantly signing letters to my mother that clearly state "I hereby
state that I am witness to my signing of this document and that I am me."
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: the_poochies
Date: August 05, 2008 10:50AM
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Forrest
The town clerk is a public notary in my town - and it's a free service for all residents.

That's me, and I don't charge residents.

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jimmypoo
I'm a notary. I am constantly signing letters to my mother that clearly state "I hereby state that I am witness to my signing of this document and that I am me."

I thought that you can't notarize documents for family members, especially if you share the same last name?
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: Cary
Date: August 05, 2008 11:06AM
Commerce Bank offers free notary service, whether you bank there or not...

Cary
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 05, 2008 06:11PM
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space-time
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MacMagus
It's not free at every bank.

note that I said "at MOST banks". I imagine there are banks that don't offer this for free, but most that I used did. YMMV

You didn't say "at most banks" -- you clearly stated "it's free at the bank" and "you don't have to pay for this service, it's already included in your banking benefits."



It is what it is.
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 05, 2008 06:33PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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space-time
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MacMagus
It's not free at every bank.

note that I said "at MOST banks". I imagine there are banks that don't offer this for free, but most that I used did. YMMV

You didn't say "at most banks" -- you clearly stated "it's free at the bank" and "you don't have to pay for this service, it's already included in your banking benefits."

read the SUBJECT again. See the word MOST?
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: August 07, 2008 07:34AM
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the_poochies

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jimmypoo
I'm a notary. I am constantly signing letters to my mother that clearly state "I hereby state that I am witness to my signing of this document and that I am me."

I thought that you can't notarize documents for family members, especially if you share the same last name?


Mom won't report me to the authorities.... Note, I said MY letters TO her. Like, as in, a joke.
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Re: just a reminder about the "free" public notary at most banks
Posted by: wurm
Date: August 08, 2008 11:26AM
I believe AAA offers free notary service (for members), as well.
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