No matter your profession or standing in a company, errors are things we all try to avoid.
Our goal as notaries is to send back a completed package with no errors so the transaction is approved with no delays. There are many reasons a document can be rejected by title including: Missing signatures, unclear stamp, incomplete notary block, etc… Here are a few steps to take to reduce the likelihood of errors or catch them before submitting to title.
TAKE YOUR TIME
This is going to be your most important step in reducing errors. To often we see notaries rush a signing to move on to their next closing causing signatures to be missed or items forgotten. Go over each document carefully, ensure there are no blank lines, and all signatures and notary requirements are met before moving on.
CHECK YOUR WORK
Take the time to review the package once completed before you leave location. This way any missed items can be corrected there at the table verses having to schedule another appointment and delaying funding or closing.
MAKE SURE YOUR STAMP IS CLEAR AND NOTARY SECTION IS COMPLETE
A document can be executed perfectly, but still rejected due to an unclear stamp. If your stamp is distorted or faded in any section where your information can be deemed illegible, strike a single line through that stamp, initial the correction, and re-stamp the document. All stamps must be legible on a scan and the original to be approved.
Ensure your notary section is filled out completely. There should be no blank lines on a document for the signer, the same goes for your notary section. We see many notaries who assume that their stamp is sufficient for the notary block but that is not the case for most title companies. To save yourself a possible rejection later, fill out the notary section in full.
Documents can be rejected for something as simple as a missing initial on a correction. No matter who makes the correction on the document, signer or notary, that party must initial the correction to verify that they were in fact the one who corrected it. This includes corrections to state/county in the notary section.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
One of the best suggestions we can give you is practice.
Try to complete a few sample packages with a friend or family member so you can practice not only your table side manner, but signature placement and filling out notary acknowledgments. The more signings you conduct, the better you will be at executing a signing with little to no errors.
CONTACT YOUR SIGNING COMPANY
The signing company is a resource, not just the company that hires you.
Communication is key to understanding and solving problems at the table. Do not hesitate to contact your signing company so they can assist you with getting questions answered or going over a document you are not familiar with. It is better to ask questions than assume and have a correction later down the road.