The practice of a notary public dates back to ancient Roman times when few people learned to read and write. A "notarius" was appointed as a public official to create written documents of agreement or wills and to hold them for safekeeping.
Using wax seals with individualized engravings or symbols were used as signatures at the end of written agreements was began. In later centuries, ribbons were woven into holes placed in the margin of multiple page documents to tie the pages together. Wax seals were placed over the knots to ensure no pages were added nor removed. Hence, this was the origin of the notary seal and certificate.
In Colonial America, persons of high moral character were appointed as public notaries to certify and keep documents safe.
It is remarkable that in our age of sophisticated technology, the notary practice still includes the use of a seal and signature of the notary. Little has changed over the centuries. Perhaps it evidences the high level of security proper notarizations provide.
day thousands of documents are prepared, signed and submitted
for processing or filing for countless transactions: real
estate deeds, automobile titles, loan applications, buy/sell
agreements, applications for visas or college admission,
credit applications, business licenses, service contracts
and thousands more. Literally millions of dollars are on
the line in these transactions.
Reliance on signatures poses growing risks and the incidence of fraud by forgery or false identification continues to increase. Proof of authenticity of signatures on business or legal records is increasingly important for protection against fraud.
Notarization of signatures is often essential to the "due diligence" and "standard of care" of the parties to ensure the integrity of the documents. By law, numerous transactions require notarized signatures. We offer this important service to Southwest Michigan's citizens. We are ready and able to fulfill any and all of your notary needs with express mobile service.