Why are documents notarized?
Documents are notarized to protect the persons named in important documents. By placing the notary’s official signature and seal on a document, the notary forms an agreement between the parties involved that the notarized document is the only authentic document intended to be given full force and effect.
The notary helps to protect these persons by assuring:
- Verifying the identity and signature of the person before you
- Making sure the person before you understands the transaction
- That the person before you is acting on their own free act and deed. (Not being forced, manipulated, or otherwise convinced into something they do not wish to do.)
- Documents are completely and that all blanks, check boxes, etc. are filled in or marked as not applicable either before receiving the document or while the person is in front of you. This is especially true where authorities, names, and monetary amounts can be inserted.