Notary offices are a way for the public to verify a person’s identity and obtain legal services.
They’re not a legal profession, though, so a notary is the only person that can sign the papers that would be needed to issue a legal document.
A notary in the city of Boston is the highest-level notary to the city’s highest court.
Boston is one of several jurisdictions that have notaries in place.
There are also notary offices in New York City, New Jersey, and Texas.
In Massachusetts, the Office of the Attorney General maintains a notarial office, and it has two notary commissions.
In addition to having a notarization process, notaries are also tasked with protecting the public’s right to know.
“The people who are charged with notarying are trained in the legal profession,” says Jennifer C. Stolle, a lawyer and associate professor of law at the University of Illinois.
“They have to be able to give accurate and detailed information.”
To keep a notarist from getting in trouble, a notario has to be present at all times.
“We’re not going to allow any notary who has any kind of legal liability to get away with it,” she says.
In Boston, notary services are provided by notaries who are paid by the hour.
For example, a court-appointed notary might be paid $300 per hour.
Other notaries may be paid as little as $25.
They are required to complete notarial training, as well as follow certain policies, like not giving out their personal information to anyone who is not a witness.
The Massachusetts notary commission has guidelines on notaries’ obligations, such as ensuring that they don’t give out personal information, including personal information that could lead to identity theft, and keeping their records confidential.
For example, notarizing a person is only a one-time job, and the person signing the document is not required to sign any other documents.
If the person in question doesn’t have an attorney, it’s up to the person who is in charge of that notary agency to do it.
“I’m going to do my best,” says David D. Pendergast, a law professor at Boston College who has written a book about notary agencies.
“But I’m also not going, ‘I’m not going.’
I’m going because I’m not making any money, and I’m looking out for the safety of the public.”
To ensure that notaries aren’t being targeted, Pendergoast has started a website, notal.com, that provides notary information for interested lawyers.
He also has a Facebook page that has more than 200,000 likes.
“For some people, I think it’s really important to educate themselves and to make sure that the notary community is as safe as it can be,” Pendergrast says.
For the notaries, the process is about not only helping people get the legal documents they need, but also giving them confidence in their work.
Notaries must be able in the notarizations process to provide accurate information, says Mark S. Orenstein, a professor of business administration at Boston University who specializes in notary issues.
“You’re not supposed to say, ‘Hey, I didn’t sign this,’ or, ‘No, I don’t have this.'”
Orenstein points out that notarists who are working for an organization, such a law firm, are required by law to take an oath of secrecy.
If an employee has a criminal record, the employee is required to take the oath of confidentiality.
Notary commissions are run by notary officers, and notaries can choose to represent themselves in cases involving civil rights issues, criminal justice, or civil liberties.
Notary officers must be licensed by the state or the federal government, which is why they are not required by the Constitution to have a license.
But there is also a role for the notaro.
“A notary has a responsibility to give honest, accurate information,” Stolles says.
“If a person does something wrong, and they’re not truthful, they could end up being prosecuted and jailed.”
In some cases, an individual can file a complaint with the state’s Attorney General.
But the attorney general is not allowed to enforce the laws of Massachusetts.
The attorney general then has the power to make decisions that may affect the legal rights of a person.
For instance, the attorney may not require a person to sign a document that they did not want to.
For people who work as a notaro, there is a process for filing complaints, but the process can take months.
If a notate is found to have violated the laws, they are