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Our Lady Of The Lake Hospital Notary Available

olol hospital baton rougeHello there. You can call me an Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) hospital notary. Why? Because I travel to the hospital several times every week to notarize papers for patients there. The hospital apparently does have a notary on site, but it is only for their forms. So if you need something else notarized like a power of attorney or bill of sale, you may want to give me a call at 225-907-5280.

As a Baton Rouge Notary Public, I actually travel everywhere in the Baton Rouge area, including all hospitals and medical facilities such as nursing homes, retirement homes and surgery centers. The only reason that I mention the OLOL here is that I travel to this one so often because the place is huge!

If you are stuck in the hospital bed and need any type of legal papers drafted and notarized, you can give me a call. I am generally available 24/7. You can call me for your last minute needs, or you are welcome to schedule an appointment. It’s up to you.

My rates for traveling to OLOL are a bit more expensive, primarily because it’s a pain in the butt to get to you there. I have to pay $2 to park in the garage, fight the traffic on Essen to even reach it, wander all around the facility to reach your room, and then repeat the process to get out. I don’t mind doing it as a travelling notary, but I do charge a little extra for it. For an exact quote, just give me a call.

In summary, if you need a notary to come to you at the Our Lady of the Lake hospital, just call me at 225-907-5280. I look forward to meeting you!

Using a Power of Attorney To Transfer a Vehicle

Hello groupies/friends/fans/customers. Today I would like to briefly talk about using a Power of Attorney (POA) when you are transferring a vehicle to someone in Louisiana. Many of you are probably wondering what in the world I’m talking about. Don’t worry, we’ll cover this topic well enough.

Before we do though, I need to plug myself and my incredible services that I practically give away. My name is George Tull. I am a mobile notary public in Baton Rouge.  I am available 24/7 (as long as I’m not sleeping, playing a video game, or studying the corners of my walls). I can travel anywhere in the Baton Rouge area. I can meet you at your hospital, business, home, strip club, or wherever you want. Some people (cheap bastards) say I cost too much, but my notary rates are really too cheap if you ask me. Call me right now at 225-907-5280.

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notary sealBack on topic, a potential customer called me today about doing an Act of Donation on a vehicle. His father (let’s call him Chris) was wanting to give the car away to a relative (let’s call her Sue). The dad lives in a hospice facility in Baton Rouge. The man that called me (we’ll call him Bob) was the agent in the Power of Attorney.

Bob’s question to me was, “George, since you are a notarizing machine, can I donate Chris’ car to Sue using the POA that I previously had made or Chris?”

My answer to Bob was, “Sure Bob. But you had better leave the details to me, your notary idol!”

This is actually a fairly tricky subject. I don’t want to go into every conceivable issue here, but let’s at least chat about a few obstacles and things to think about:

1- Since Chris had previously executed a general/durable power of attorney naming Bob as his agent, this POA was not a simple one page car power of attorney. It was a broad spectrum POA that covers many issues and powers, transferring a vehicle being just one of those.

2- Yes, the POA granted Bob the power to donate his vehicle to someone. But… the Louisiana OMV won’t take just a normal copy of the POA. The OMV/DMV wants an original or certified copy of the original. That original/certified copy must be attached to the title and the Act of Donation form when Sue turns in her paperwork to register the car.

3- We have to be careful when signing both the Act of Donation and the back of the Louisiana title. The last thing we want to end up with is a dirty car title that the OMV will reject. I’m too tired to go over all of those details here, but just remember that we need to be careful when signing as an agent.

To sum this post up, yes you can use a Power of Attorney to transfer a vehicle that is titled in Louisiana. Just remember that the POA must grant this power to the agent, the OMV will want an original/certified copy of the POA, and we have a certain way that the AOD and the POA has to be signed.

Peace out my friends!

 

Clean DMV Title Pretty Please!

Hello friends. I want to talk a bit about making sure that you get a clean DMV title. What is a “clean title”? Why do we want one? What is a dirty title? Why is being dirty so bad? We’ll get there soon enough.

Before I go to far, I need to plug myself. This is George Tull, the best Baton Rouge Notary Public that has ever existed since the birth of Jesus Christ himself. If you want a notary that will travel to you in the Baton Rouge area, do what God himself does and call me at 225-907-5280. A-Men!

Now then, let’s rant a bit about this dirty/clean DMV title for a bit, shall we?

I guess we should start with the basics. In Louisiana a title is issued by the DMV (we actually call it the OMV for some weird reason), and the title is in the form of a double sided paper. The title is what controls the ownership of the titled movable (car, truck, motorcycle, etc.).

clean Louisiana car titleOn the front of the Louisiana title it lists a lot of information about the vehicle. It will list the VIN, make, model, any liens, yada yada. Most importantly for us, it also lists the registered owner. In other words, the Louisiana car title works as a form of proof for who owns the vehicle. Makes sense? Great!

Now let’s talk about the back of the title. On the back of the title there are a bunch of slots for transferring the title/ownership of the movable. In a perfect world, we want the back of the title to be empty. This is called a CLEAN TITLE! It’s a thing of beauty, and every notary with at least two brain cells wants to see this blank/clean title when you visit them.

When you buy a vehicle, you and the seller can visit the notary with the title and your drivers licenses in hand so that he can transfer the vehicle/title to you on a beautiful clean title. Does that make sense? No? Oh brother, keep reading please.

Now let’s talk about a dirty auto title a bit. Let’s say that you are buying a movable and that the person selling it to you is John. You and John get to the notary and the notary spits on you because the front of the title shows that Mary owns the car. He flips the title over and sees that the vehicle was sold 5 years ago from Mary to Chris. Three years ago Chris sold it to Sam. And a year ago your seller John bought it from Sam.

Let’s make it even worse and say that none of those previous transfers were notarized. Even worse yet, previous buyers and sellers wrote the wrong things in the wrong spots.

What do you have in the situation? A freaking dirty title! No wonder your normally friendly notary spit on you!!!!

Let’s get down to the heart of the matter ok? If you are buying a vehicle and see that there is not a clean title because the back of it shows that multiple people have owned it but never registered it with the OMV, you are asking for trouble! Sure, there are things that can be fixed. Sure, sometimes everything will turn out fine. But in general, be very weary!

In summary, buy vehicles with clean titles. Run away from shady car lots on Plank Road with dirty titles. Do this and I will love you forever from the bottom of my cold notary heart.

Can I get an A-Men?

Louisiana Provisional Custody By Mandate & Ramblings

This post is to explain the Louisiana Provisional Custody By Mandate law and form. It’s also a “flashback rambling”. Does that make sense? Probably not, but if you give me 3 minutes to read this it will get a lot (maybe) clearer. If you want to skip a bunch of paragraphs down you can get straight to the provisional custody part (jerk!).

Before I start this party I should at least take care of the obligatory plug- If you are anywhere near Baton Rouge, LA and need a notary to help you (regardless of the time or day of the week), you should be smart and call George Tull at 225-907-5280.

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Ramblings of a Mad Notary

Fashion Emmy NomineesLet’s start with the flashback rambling. I have neglected this notary blog for so long. What a shame! This site started out as a personal notary blog (I am a notary, duh) way back at the beginning of 2014. That’s almost 3 years ago! I did pretty good with it for a while, but I started really slacking a few years ago.

How many years ago? I can’t believe it but I just realized that it’s been almost 2 years since I made a post here. 2 years…. I am a really, really bad notary blogger!

So what have I been doing for the last two years, besides neglecting this notary blog? Good question!

  • I am still the number 1, most awesome Baton Rouge Notary Public!
  • I am still a mobile notary that travels all over Baton Rouge and most of South Louisiana.
  • I’m still working my butt of including most weekends and nights, and am usually available 24/7 as an after hours notary public.
  • My notary rates are still pretty reasonable for nice people, and probably overpriced for rude people (I know who you are, yes I do).
  • Most of my income comes from closing residential loans and purchases as a notary signing agent. I have even recently picked up a new title company in Baton Rouge, and the relationship has blossomed (sounds funny, but it’s true).
  • I still have the three kids, wife, cats, and birds. The only kid still living with us is my baby boy, as my daughter has moved to Maine and my older son is getting closer to eventually graduating from LSU.

In other words, I have kept on plugging along over the last few years. I’m still doing my notary thing, even though I almost abandoned this blog.

Note to self: I, George Tull, the most incredible dude with a rubber stamp that has ever existed in my neighborhood, hereby solemnly swear to start updating this blog for at least the rest of December, 2016. So I swear it. A-men!

Ok, ok, enough of the ramblings. I have a little funny update to make here.

I was looking through the stats on this site. Would you believe that the most popular post was one that I made about getting temporary custody of a kid in Louisiana? When I say “most popular”, I really mean it, by a long shot! That’s “funny” to me because I have written about so many topics on here, and for some reason this is the most popular subject. Who would have thunk it?

Apparently a bunch of people want to know more about voluntary custody, so I decided that my first post back in almost two years should be dedicated to the subject. Without further ado, here ya go notary blog fans/groupies:

 

“Louisiana Provisional Custody By Mandate”

provisional custody by mandate louisianaI covered a lot about this topic on this post, but let’s talk a little more about it and provide a practical situation.

This law was actually created by the Louisiana legislature by statute. It’s pretty cool because it allows the parents of a child to temporarily (provisionally) grant someone else (their agent) the powers to act as the kid’s parent (custody) through a power of attorney (mandate).

See, we just completely explained what this provisional custody thing is. Did you get it? Ok… let’s explain it a bit more before we give an example.

The parents are allowed to grant someone else the authority to act as the child’s parent for a period of up to one year. The parents are known as the Principals, and the person that they grant this power to are known as the Agents. This contract is called a Mandate in Louisiana, while the rest of the civilized world simply calls it a Power of Attorney or POA. With this contract, the Agent is allowed do do everything that a parent can do.

Now it makes perfect sense right? So let’s walk through an example:

Bubba and Gina are the parents of little Shonequa. Bubba and Gina are about to go blow their last $1,000 at a brothel in Las Vegas. They, being the good parents that they are, want to make sure that little baby Shonequa is looked after while they are spending the money that they were supposed to use to fix their kid’s deformed teeth.

Bubba and Gina talk to Peter “The Perv”. Peter says that he would be happy to act as the parent of Shonequa while they are partying with Lebron James. Peter understands that they will be back in a month, and that his powers will go away when they get back. He’s happy to take Shonequa to the doctor, register her for school, and do everything that a parent can do with their kid while they are away.

Since they are pretty much lost and clueless, and they really need the assistance of the world’s greatest notary, they decide to call George at 225-907-5280 at 2:00 AM on Christmas Day. George explains that he’s happy to help for a small fee of $700. Peter, being the great guy/perv that he is is happy with the fee and agrees to let George take care of the paperwork.

So everybody gets together with George. Being the notary stud that he is, George whips out the LA Provisional Custody By Mandate form that he has and commences to filling it out.

Even though the parents can grant this power to Peter for a year, they elect to make it expire in a month (which they have the right to do).

George fills the form out, watches them sign it in front of the witnesses, and places his seal on it. In fact he’s so smart that George creates 3 originals for them to sign.

Now Peter has a fully authentic contract in hand proving that he can act in the parents’ place for a month.  Peter understands that the parents can rescind the contract whenever they want, but he also knows that third parties are not liable for any rescission without actual knowledge (too much legalese/I’m sorry).

So Gina and Bubba fly off to the STD Holy Land. Poor Shonequa gets sick and needs to go to the hospital. Peter The Perv brings the poor baby to the ER, shows him the Provisional Custody By Mandate, and the doctors are able to follow Peter’s request to pull all of Sonequa’s teeth out that are growing into her ankles.

Now does that make sense? If you don’t understand the Louisiana Provisional Custody By Mandate form by now, Lord help me. I’m just joking (not really), so you can call me anytime with your friendly (annoying) questions.

 

“The End”

So there you have it guys and gals. We covered my absence from this blog for almost two years. We explained provisional/temporary custody pretty well. We told a few jokes, smiled a few smiles, and came together as a Notary god/worshiper pretty well. My duties have been fulfilled.

Until next time, this is George, your super duper notary in Baton Rouge.

Peace!!

I’m A Notarizing Machine

notary machineI have been lazy with this notary blog the last few days. I just haven’t felt like writing. I need to get over that. When I started this notary blog a few months ago, my goal was to write something every day. That’s still my goal. I just need to be not so lazy about it.

I have been a notarizing machine the last several days. It’s been really good.

The only really bad thing that happened was on Friday (5/4/14). I was supposed to meet a man from Texas. He was an oil guy that needed me to meet him in Zachary and then in Addis. We were meeting with people to sign and notarize some mineral leases. It just didn’t work out. My timing was off and he was pissed. He ended up cancelling on me. I can’t blame him. Fridays are just nuts with the business and the traffic around Baton Rouge. Sigh…

The best thing that happened in these last few weeks is that I was able to help a family with last wills and testaments, power of attorneys and living wills. They were great and very happy with my work. Yay!

Outside of that, I’ve just been really busy. Life is good.

If you need a notary around the BTR area, call me at 225-907-5280.

Last High School Concert

saint michael high school bandToday (4/29/14) was boring on the notary side. I didn’t care though because I got to sleep in until around 11:00. Yay! I needed the break.

As far as jobs go, I started off by meeting a new, and potentially really good, customer that works at an insurance company. He had a loan modification package that we took care of in just a few minutes. I then did a notarization of a buyer’s package for the purchase of a piece of real estate. Then I did a car sale before the big concert. After the concert I did the sale of a 3 wheeler, and then a liquor license for a hotel. Easy day.

The big event was my last high school concert ever. We’ve been going to numerous high school concerts for eight years. Tonight our son Quinn played in his last one, so that’s a wrap.

If you need a notary in Baton Rouge, call me at 225-907-5280.

Whirlwind Notary Life

whirlwindThe last few days have been a whirlwind, literally. I got caught up in a cyclone that had me spinning around in the upper atmosphere for what seemed forever. When I landed, a witch from the DMV threatened me, but I scared her off with my red, sparkly notary stamp. If it wasn’t for my dog, TooToot, I would have been so afraid. It’s amazing what you can write when no one is ever reading it.

The last few days have been insanely busy, which is a great thing. I don’t share numbers here, but it has been amazingly successful. I even made enough to pay off the kids’ school. I’ll count that one as a miracle, and well timed at that.

So what have I been up to the last few days (4/25/14 and 4/26/14)? A lot. I think I did 8 refinance closings, maybe 4 loan modification signings, 2 power of attorneys, 3 affidavits, 2 vehicle title transfers, and a bunch of random “stuff”.

Where have I been? All over the pace including Baton Rouge, Prairieville, Walker, Clinton, Zachary, Port Allen, Gonzales, Eunice and I don’t remember where else. How much gas did I burn? A bunch.

Am I tired? Yes indeed. It seems like I have been tired a lot lately. I know I need to do some healthy things to fix that, but I’m too tired to do anything about it.

I did meet an old timer yesterday that was hilarious. If he wasn’t so old he would have scared me. He wants me to help spread his secret that he knows the real story of the JFK killing, because he is the missing link. The guy was hilarious.

I also got an amazing compliment from an escrow officer that made my whole decade. I love compliments!

It also looks like I will be doing a few abstracts/ title searches again. I’m not sure if I am really looking forward to that, but it’s money, and I do like money.

In family news, Quinn has been at Disney World the last few days, but he’s coming back tomorrow. Alec has been sleeping until 4:00 P.M. every day, so his butt is going to be hurting when he has to wake up for school Monday! Stacey was sick and missed work on Wednesday, but she seems to be just fine now. I saw Jaci at a bar in downtown Baton Rouge for a bit Friday night. It’s so hard to wrap my brain around the idea that she is an adult. Creepy!

This Is My Notary Blog

notary blogI have a bunch of notary business websites. I think I have 6 of them? Each one serves a purpose, but I really just like to make sites. I’ve been making them for around 12 years or so, and I did it for a good portion of my income long ago.

Some of my notary sites are simple ones with just a few pages. They were free to create, so I made it just to do it. A few of my notary sites have a lot of free forms for people to download. On these, my goal was to give something away, hoping that a few people would hire me. A few of my sites are big with a ton of info. These sites are all serious and professional.

This site is my notary blog. It’s my place to say whatever I want, purely for fun. I goof off a lot here, speak my mind, and really don’t care if it offends anyone. Sure, maybe a few people will hire me after visiting here, but probably not many. This is a true blog, so almost all of my posts are pure ramblings. I think of it as a diary- I just talk about whatever happened that day. It’s a fun way for me to keep somewhat of a record of what happened to me. One day I will go back and read about my journeys and laugh.

Every blogger, including myself, hopes that someone out there will read it and interact. I doubt that will ever happen with this one, because it is a nerdy subject, but there is that hope. Bloggers love comments. All of my family and friends think that a comment is a pimp review of my services, but that’s not what bloggers want. We want to interact.

So a lot of people ask why in the world I would refer to masterbating, race relations, complaining, etc. in here. This is supposed to be a serious business site, right? Wrong, it’s a blog. It’s my island where I can say whatever I want, with my only goal being to make myself laugh. My other sites are for the serious, nerdy world.

/rant

Help Me Pop-A-Lock Please

pop-a-lockToday (4/22/14) started off with a ton of frustration, ended with more, and had some good things in the middle.

My first job brought me to a company off of O’Neal Lane. I parked in the middle of the business’ parking lot, blocking a gate, because it was supposed to be a 30 second deal. It did take 30 seconds, but I also locked the van with the keys in it. Better yet, it was running, and I was almost out of gas. I called Geico, they called Pop-A-Lock, and I was told 45 minutes or less. That turned into just over an hour, and the company had to maneuver cars around me to get a huge forklift through the gate. Yeah, I suck.

Then a bunch of good things happened. I notarized 13 forms at a financial company, did a loan closing, three car transfers, one real estate power of attorney, 2 contracts, and headed home to wait for my last run of the day at 5:30.

We’re down to one car after the recent accident, so Quinn needed it to deliver pizzas. Jaci agreed to give me a ride to this housing manufacturing company for a closing at 5:30. She overslept, the roads were messed up, and I showed up 15 minutes late after almost having a heart attack. Yeah, I suck.

I took a nap after I got home, so I feel better. Tomorrow is a full schedule in the afternoon, so the one car drama will continue. I need to fix this situation asap.