Becoming a California Notary

If you have ever considered becoming a Notary Public, there are a few things that you will need to do prior to being sworn in for service. Many of the specific details pertaining to becoming a Notary Public have to do with your location. Not all notaries are required to take the same tests or pay the same fees. Governing laws in your area and the type of services that you wish to offer to the public will determine the details. Here is a list of steps you can expect to take when becoming a California Notary.

Step One: Determine Eligibility

To become a California Notary, you must be at least 18 years old. There is no minimum residency.

Step Two: Stock Up

Consider investing in a California Notary supply package. These include a Journal of Notarial Acts, a thumb printer package, fee schedules, Acknowledgment Certificates, E&O Policies, and other useful tools. You must have an embosser or inked stamp that has an inked impression and is reproducible on a photocopier. A journal is also required by law.

Step Three: Take the Test

You will be required to pass the state Notary exam. California has a prorated exam that must be passed with a score of 70% or higher. You will also need to submit fingerprints through a live scan agency for a fee of $32 plus additional fees, which vary.

Step Four: Apply

You will need to fill out an application with the Notary commission. Information you can expect to provide include your name, address, contact details, age, location where you expect to do business, and information on any prior Notary commissions you’ve worked with.

Step Five: Fees

Submit your application with the required fee included. State filing fees are $40 for new and renewal commissions. A bond of $15,000 is also required. The fee will be required prior to the commission accepting your application.

Step Six: Take the Oath

Once the commission has accepted the fee, and the appropriate forms have been filed, you will need to take an oath. This is an Oath of Office and Bond and must be filed with the county clerk’s office in the county where you plan to do business. The oath must be filed within 30 calendar days from the commencement date of the commission and may not be extended. This oath may or may not be incorporated into the filing or application process. If the oath is not filed, you will not be cleared to be a registered Notary Public. The oath is a must. If there has been no mention of it to you, make sure you bring it to the commission’s attention. If you do not, and you perform any form of Notary Public service, you could face legal consequences. We recommend you submit your oath and bond in person to guarantee timely filing.

Step Seven: Activate Your Notary Bond

Once you receive your state-issued Commission Certificate (usually within 4 to 6 weeks), forward a copy of your Commission Certificate to the National Notary Association. You will be issued an activated Notary Bond. You will then need to file your Notary Bond and Oath of Office with the county clerk.

Step Eight: Education Classes

Depending on what type of service you wish to perform for the public, you may or may not need a specialized class or two in order to educate yourself on how to complete each task. Although this is not required, it is highly recommended as it will boost your income by providing you with more versatility in your field.

Application Information and Provisions

The term for a commission is four years. Simply renew at the end of each term. To begin the process of becoming a California Notary, contact:

Office of Secretary of State

Business Programs Division

Notary Public Section

P.O. Box 942877

Sacramento, CA 94277-0001

1-916-653-3595

Obtain Some Business

Now that you are completely setup to begin your new notary business, you will need to find customers. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this task is to include yourself in an online notary database that targets customers by zip code.

 

Criminal Records 101

Criminal records, also known as ‘rap sheets’, are documents that contain your personal identification details, your legal status and a listing of any crime you may have committed. It is the responsibility of the state government, usually a law enforcement agency, to keep the criminal records of each of its citizens updated and accurate. Even if an individual has never been convicted of a crime, criminal records usually also include instances of arrests.

Who Accesses Criminal Records?

A copy of your criminal record may be requested by your potential employer, a future landlord, an educational institution you are seeking admission in, or even by police authorities. The latter usually asks for the retrieval of one’s criminal records to check on a suspect’s past records and/or to aid in coming up with the most appropriate ‘sentence’. For instance, if you have been caught driving under the influence and your record shows a history of DUI arrests, then you will be slapped with a higher sentence this time.

There are also reasons why YOU should access criminal records such as if you are planning to employ someone or you simply want to check up on somebody (a suspicious neighbor, a potential business partner, etc.). You can even pull a copy of your own criminal record to see what others will see and to check if you have been a victim of identity fraud. Obviously, if you see entries of crimes you have never committed, it is highly possible that someone else has been using your identity!

Laws for accessing criminal records vary from one state to another. Some states view criminal records as public records that anyone can retrieve, while other states require the consent of the person before the criminal record is released. Whatever your purpose, you should check first what the specific rules are in your state.

Criminal Records – Ordering Online

Traditionally, criminal records are requested in person, on the phone or through fax. This often comes after a laborious search for the right courthouse and submission of required documents and corresponding fees. Online criminal records, on the other hand, are instantaneously yours, without all the trouble.

Once these criminal records are transferred to an online repository, requests can come through and approvals for disclosing the information can be accomplished in much less time. Although there are many websites that offer free access to criminal records, other companies on the Internet will require you to pay a minimal fee to cull information from a variety of sources.

These online companies also have standardized formats for easier investigation and comprehension. They also provide summarized descriptions of each of the items that turn up in a search so that you do not need to read through all of the documents in detail. And because the data is stored over the Internet, you can request for criminal records 24/7.

 

Worker Compensation Attorneys

Whenever an employee gets injured in the workplace, they can avail themselves of the services of a workers’ compensation attorney who can help them in the litigation process.

The first step an injured employee needs to take is to file a workers’ compensation report. Workers’ compensation attorneys aim to get a greater compensation for the injured employee.

Most workers’ compensation attorneys advise employees to inform their employers every time they get injured in the workplace, however minor the injury may be. Such injuries may result in serious complications later on, so if they do not file them early on, it may be more difficult for the employees to seek compensation.

In cases when the employee suffers from permanent disability, the services of a workers’ compensation attorney become more necessary. This is especially true when the employer refuses to give financial assistance to the employee. The workers’ compensation attorney should be the one to inform the employee of his or her rights and assist him or her in speeding up the litigation process. Workers’ compensation attorneys usually get 10-15% of the total compensation received by their client.

For people who are seeking workers’ compensation attorneys, they are advised to first ask around. Some employees who had fruitful experiences with certain attorneys can give good referrals. It would also be good to ask other employees who have undergone a workers’ compensation litigation process to have an idea of the requirements and processes of such a lawsuit.

Aside from work-related injuries, workers’ compensation attorneys can also help employees who have become victims of harassment due to sex, age, or religion. These attorneys are also aware of federal laws that protect employees from unlawful discrimination.

In most cases, workers are advised to get their own workers’ compensation attorney. Insurance companies or their employers are more likely to employ the services of a workers’ compensation attorney too. This way, workers can be better assured of getting the maximum amount due to them because the attorney working for them is not, in anyway, connected with their employer or the state.

 

Career as a Trial Lawyer

Have you considered a career as a lawyer? Well why not? But what kind of lawyer do you want to be? Well, how about a lawyer, which makes a lot of money you are probably thinking right? Indeed that makes since especially if you do not care about people or who you will hurt in the process? Who knows maybe you can double and triple bill for your Great Advice and make even more money right? But first you have to get a law degree.

Yes, getting a law degree is easy if your daddy is rich and can send you to a school like Pepperdine University, they tend to have a really high graduation rate, wink, wink? Unfortunately just because a school lets you get by still you have to pass the Bar.

Luckily, you can take the bar over and over again until you memorize all those questions that they are looking for, then you can become a lawyer. May I recommend that you take some acting classes so you can be a trial lawyer to sue for big bucks?

A career as a trial lawyer can be a rewarding future even if you end up leaving lots of debris in your path, cause 1000s of corporate layoffs and destroy companies. Besides you did say you wanted to be the kind of lawyer, which makes a lot of money right? Well maybe then you can run for office and get into politics or become a judge too?

 

Is there Such Thing as a Well-Intentioned Lawyer Who Made a Mistake?

It is indeed interesting that lawyers sue accountants, doctors and other professionals for malpractice any time they make the mistake. What is interesting about this and perhaps even ironic is that those lawyers on the American Bar Association’s Internet Forums often consider themselves above such suspicion and state that a well-intentioned lawyer who made a mistake should not be punished, because essentially they had meant to do the right thing, but had made an innocent mistake.

Perhaps you have taken Hypocrisy 101 or Rhetoric 202 classes in college and I do not have to explain the absolute double standard that these gentlemen, attorneys attempt to slither under our feet with? So, is there such thing as a well-Intentioned Lawyer who Made a Mistake? Of course there is, just like a well-intentioned accountant or doctor who has made a mistake. Why should one be sued for mal-practice while the other walks away Scott-Free merely because he is a lawyer?

Until these double standards are looked at their can be no peace in any professional practice and there will continue to be abuses of laws by lawyers. Until we face reality and realize that our laws have been hijacked by these lawyers we cannot fix the problem. The first step in solving these mal-practice abusive lawsuits is for us to admit we have a huge problem.