Los Angeles County is a place where art, culture, business, and politics meet, making it one of the most influential places in the world. Los Angeles is the center point for the entertainment industry, which encompasses everything from film, music, arts, writing, fashion and all that includes the creative element. The show business is arguably what Los Angeles is best known for and the reason why so many people with talent and potential come to live here in the hopes of chasing the big Hollywood dream.
The city of Los Angeles and the surrounding cities in the area, which together form the Los Angeles County, are situated in sunny Southern California and constitute the most populous area in the US. More than 10 million people live here and more are moving to the LA County from all over the United States and the entire world each year. The city of Los Angeles alone has an estimated 4 million people living in it. Other important cities, such as Long Beach, Glendale, Pasadena, Santa Clarita and others complete this diverse and vast urban area and help to serve the continuous growth of the ever-expanding city of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County is world-famous for its beautiful landscape, ranging from mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers, desert, forests and an unforgettable coast on the Pacific Ocean. It is also a place where art, culture, business and politics meet, making it one of the most influential places in the world. Los Angeles is the center point for the entertainment industry, which encompasses everything from film, music, arts, writing, fashion and all that includes the creative element. The show business is arguably what Los Angeles is best known for and the reason why so many people with talent and potential come to live here in the hopes of chasing the big Hollywood dream.
Because Los Angeles has become such an influential city, it has put its mark on other industries as well, apart from the entertainment industry. Business, finance, insurance, real estate, medicine, law, marketing, sales, engineering, and manufacturing have all become very lucrative and developed industries, making Los Angeles a trendsetter in all those areas.
Its privileged economic status is evidenced by the fact that the Los Angeles County has the highest number of millionaires of any county in the United States, with approximately 300,000 households.
Choosing a lucrative career and being creative and courageous when it comes to obtaining extra income are essential. Given the advantages and somewhat mobility that a notary public career has offered, thousands of people have opted for this job.
Becoming a notary public in California is rather easy, as one does not have to go to a specialized university or college or dedicate long periods of time to become certified in this profession. According to the law, a person has to take a course, which tackles both the theoretical aspects of being a notary public, as well as some of the most common and potentially difficult practical scenarios one could find him/herself in. To legally begin practicing this profession, you have to take a notary exam, as well as successfully pass a background check, verifying that your past attests to your moral ability to perform this job. These steps are followed by the issuing of a notary commission by the Secretary of State, which is valid for a period of 4 years, but eligible for renewal pending the compliance with several legal requirements.
Contrary to a common misconception, a notary public is not allowed to give legal advice or assist the signers of a certain document in any way on the content, rights and obligations thereof and their interests in becoming parties to that document. A notary public is not a legal counsel or a lawyer and any involvement from the notary in legally assisting the parties is strictly prohibited as the unlawful practice of law. This offence is punishable under the California law. A notary public is strictly a person invested by the government with the authority to apply a seal on a concluded document, attesting that said document has been signed in front of him/her, by willing and capable parties.
The notary public must observe the actual signing of the notarized document and is obligated to refuse the notarization of a document pre-signed, even when the signers confirm that is was them, under an unaffected will, that signed it. In addition, the notary public must refuse to continue a notarization should there be any signs of coercion, physical or otherwise, or any indication that the signer is not acting with full mental capacity – for example, if the signer is drunk or under the influence of any other substances or is otherwise incapable to consent to the notarization (is in a coma and cannot sign on his/her own). The reason behind this obstacle to a notarization lies with the fact that a notary is a witness to a signing and also acts as a testament/proof of the validity of the formalities surrounding the conclusion of a document.
Additionally, the notary is obligated to verify the identity of the signers, namely to ask for an identification document and, as much as possible, make sure that the ID is real and valid. In the age of identity theft and its dangerous effects, this step in the notarization process is essential.
Notary public services in Los Angeles and its surroundings are as diverse as in any other parts of California. Some documents require notarization according to the law, such as a power of attorney, while other documents need to get notarized based on requirements imposed by particular institutions, such as rental agreements. Regardless, virtually any type of document can get notarized in Los Angeles and in California, in general, for example: power of attorney, deed of trust, contracts, loan agreements, advanced health care directive, parental consent when traveling with a child etc.
Notary public services are subject to a fee, which represents the income obtained by the respective notary, but is intended to also cover any type of expense incurred by the notary when performing his/her duties – travel expenses, paper, toner, other office supplies etc. While the notary fees are set freely by the notary public and may even be eliminated altogether in certain cases, the law imposes a maximum level for notary fees, depending on the type of notarization and ranging from $7 to $30. On the higher end of the spectrum, a notary in Los Angeles makes anywhere from $20 to $150 for a more complex notarization, such as getting loan documents signed. Some notaries even charge per signature.
The fees depend, apart from the type of notarization, on the place where you get docs notarized. For instance, in Los Angeles, you can find a notary public at your local bank or credit unions and you can even get free notarizations if you have an account there. You can also find a notary at your local government offices, such as the city hall or the court office. Public libraries, schools, universities or even your place of business, your company may have a notary on hand. In addition, UPS stores and other shipping companies also offer the services of a notary public, as well as many insurance companies, car dealerships, and most real estate agencies.
If going from place to place is not what you are up for, you can find a notary public by basic internet search. Browse Google or Yelp for notary businesses nearby or try going on more specialized notary directories, such as 123notary.com and notary.net where every notary is listed.
One of the more flexible options in finding a notary public is going for the services of a mobile notary. A mobile notary travels to the location indicated by the signers, thus saving precious time, energy and money for the signers. Working with a mobile notary is less frustrating and more comfortable for the signers, albeit a little more expensive since the notary will charge extra for traveling to the signers’ location.
The on-demand notary services business is a more modern approach to a very draining and sometimes annoying process. It has been thought out as a solution for both the clients, who are able to get notary services more comfortably, wherever they want and even outside of the confinements of business hours or working days, and the notary public as well, who can increase his/her notary jobs and get a higher income, by becoming flexible and accepting notary jobs on the go.