Common Notary Public Forms

Here are some of the most common notary public forms that you will be asked to notarize. I have briefly described each form here. I know some will want a more detailed description, so I have provided links to more information. Each detailed description also contains an example of each form that you can use.

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As a notary, here are some notary public forms that you will see often. I have described them here so you have general knowledge of the forms and can ascertain if you clients understand what notary public forms are signing.

Power of Attorney

A power of attorney (sometimes referred to as POA) is a document (or notary form) that allows a person (Grantor) to appoint a person or organization (Grantee) to handle Grantee's affairs while he or she is unavailable or unable to do so. The Grantee you appoint is referred to as an "Attorney-in-Fact" or "Agent." The Grantee can be a person or an organization (many times a bank or Attorney at Law)

There are several types of POA's

1. General Power of Attorney - authorizes your Agent to act on your behalf in a variety of different situations.

2. Special Power of Attorney - authorizes your Agent to act on your behalf in specific situations only. Usually this special power is related to real estate transactions or corporate transactions such as the sale or voting rights of stock.

3. Health Care Power of Attorney - allows you to appoint someone to make health care decisions for you if you're incapacitated. These powers can be limited or expanded depending on the wishes of the grantor.

A POA may also be one that is "Durable. In a "Durable" Power of Attorney, the general, special and health care powers of attorney will remain in effect if you become mentally incompetent.

Revocation of Power of Attorney - allows you to revoke a power of attorney document. All POAs are usually revocable at any time. All POAs should be notarized. They are REQUIRED to be notarized if they are to be filed with the Register of Deeds Office.

Power of Attorney Discussion and Sample Notary Public Forms can be found here.

Wills

Everyone should have a will. This is a notary public forms that you will be asked to notarize often.

If you do not have a will, the state will decide where you assets will go through the Intestate Statutes. The Intestate Statute is is time consuming and probably will not distribute your assets the way you want.

If you have any property, personal or real estate, and you want that property to pass to individuals you determine and you want to save your loved ones time and frustration, then have a will.

A good Estate Attorney will cost you around $1,000.00 to $3,000.00 for an estate plan. Money well spent and your estate will save much more than this initial cost.

The attorney will have this notary public form notarized either in his office, the hospital or the clients home, depending on the individual situation.

In determining whether to write you own will or see a lawyer, consider the following:

1. What you are worth. If your assets (combined) approach the 2 million dollar mark, see an attorney for Estate Planning. This will prevent excess taxes on your estate and allowing more of your assets to be passed on to your heirs.

2. Heirs. If you have spouse or children, you may want to set up a Trust for them. I would see an attorney to discuss how this is done. It is relatively simple, but the tax considerations are how the attorney can save you money at your death.

3. Multiple properties or properties in other states. I would see an attorney as the on-line wills may not be a good option here.

4. Step children, Ex-spouse. Some people you may want to specifically exclude from "taking" in your will or may want to include them. Consider an attorney here, but not necessarily required.

5. Special family Asset or business property. Have a business that you do not want your child, step-child, ex-spouse involved in or maybe you want only one heir to run your business. Definitely get an attorney here.

For a complete discussion of Wills and sample will, click here.

Deed

A deed transfers ownership of real property from the Grantor to the Grantee. What the Grantor is "warrantying" in the transfer is dependent on the type of deed. The most common notary public forms you are likely to see here are:

1. Warranty Deed. This transfers ownership and gives a warranty that the Grantor had good title to the property.

2. Special Warranty Deed. This transfer complete ownership and warranties good title for the period of time that the Grantor had the property (and in some states for a period of time...such as 10 years). You will see this type of deed in foreclosure sales.

3. Quickclaim Deed. This deed does not necessarily warrant title. It says that what ever ownership the Grantor has, they are passing it to the Grantee. You see this often when title passes between husband an wife or spouse and ex-spouse.

4. Non-Warranty Deed. You should have guessed this one. No warranties from the Grantor to Grantee. Simply passes title. You won't see this often, but you may see it in cases where there has been litigation related to ownership of property and the court decided the issue of ownership. The court then directs one owner to convey title to another.

Click here for Complete discussion of Deeds and Sample Deed

Acknowledgment

A notary acknowledgment form is a separate form used to acknowledge the signatures to the document. A complete discussion of this form is linked below. Also, you will find on this link sample forms of an All Purpose Notary Acknowledgment and a Short Form Acknowledgment. Feel free to use these if you need them.

Notary Acknowledgment Link Here.


So there you go. An overview of some major documents (notary public forms) that you are likely to notarize. Use the "contact us" form above if you want our attorneys to summarize a document or notary public form you have seen.