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I Need To Start A Notary School

george's notary universityToday (4/21/14) was boring on the notary front. I had one job for a commercial regular where I notarized 8 bids for them. I had another job where I helped a man get a vehicle’s title switched. That was it. Blah.

Today was also Jaci’s (our daughter) 22 birthday. Wow, I have an adult. We had a little party for her, had some friends over, and ate some food. It was fun.

Why do I need to start a notary school? Because friends keep asking me about becoming one! I just got off the phone with an old friend from Alaska. It turns out that he’s interested. That’s the third friend in two weeks that has asked me about becoming a notary. George’s Notary University?


Happy Easter Baton Rouge!

happy easter baton rougeToday (4/20/14) is Easter, so happy Easter Baton Rouge!

It’s been a fun day for us. After searching all the Wal Marts in town until late last night, we finally finished getting everything ready for the kids’ baskets. Stacey has a very particular way of wrapping them, so we had to search everywhere until we found the right wrapping. It was nuts seeing all of the empty shelves at the stores around midnight.

We started the day off with the kids opening their baskets. They have chocolate for days, so I will help lighten them this afternoon.

Quinn had to go to work, so after he left the rest of us went to The Londoner for brunch.They had bottomless mimosas. Say what?!? Stacey and Jaci had to act all proper, but I started chugging to get my $5 Easter buzz on. After we ate, and got buzzed, we played one game of pool. It was pretty bad, but fun.

After The Londoner we all went to see a movie- Heaven Is For Real. I am a sceptic, so I had a bad chip on my shoulders going into it, but by the end of the movie I was a softy. It was really touching.

Now Stacey is making dinner with a fancy looking salad. Quinn is still working. Alec is hiding in his room. Jaci and I are sitting here waiting for the new Game of Thrones to come on. Good times.

On the notary front, I slipped four jobs in today. I met a woman at a parking lot on Highland for a loan modification closing. I met a family at OLOL hospital to revoke a power of attorney, and they game me a $50 tip for coming on Easter. Thank you family! I then met a couple at our house to notarize a 401k form, and last of all I did another modification signing at a home in Old Jefferson. It was a good and lazy notary day.

Thank you for reading my notary blog. If you need help, please call me at 225-907-5280.

Why You Need a Will In Louisiana

last will louisianaMost of us have no last will & testament. I would venture to say that over 90% of us adults don’t have one in Louisiana. There are probably three primary reasons that we don’t have one: we’re poor and there isn’t much to give away, we don’t like to think about dying, or we’re just lazy. I would like to discuss why these excuses are bad, and exactly why you need a will.

Hey, I’m basically broke, so why would I need a will? Most of us are more or less poor, but that is no excuse to not have a will. If you have kids, a last will is critical because it is your chance to tell the courts who you want to become the guardian of your children. Even if you’re not rich, a will can explain what you want done with the belongings that you do have. Even if you don’t have much now, that could change in the future, and you want to figure out who should get what now while you can. If a succession is opened in the future, you can state who should be in charge of administering your estate in a last will. Without a will, the courts will have to decide who should be the administrator, without any input from you. If you don’t have much, your will can still be used to explain how you want to be buried or cremated when you die.

I don’t like to think about death, so do I really need a will? Yes, as an adult, we sometimes have to suck it up and deal with reality. We’re all on a one way ticket to the beyond. The only question is if we are prepared for it. The one way that you can really prepare your affairs and family for your eventual death is with a last will and testament. If you don’t have one, Louisiana’s intestacy laws will govern. Under these laws, the state will decide who gets what, not you. The state will decide who gets to raise your kids, without any guidance from you. The state will decide who gets to administer your estate, without your input. Your family will likely argue and fight over what you wanted to be done, without your input. You can settle all of it by spending just a few hours on it now.

I haven’t written a will because I’m lazy, so why should I do it now? I’m lazy too. If it was up to me, I would live on my couch with a stack of pizzas within arm’s reach. The problem with being lazy on creating a will is that the lack of effort on your part can destroy your family in the future. Without a will, there can be massive chaos after your death. I have seen so many families torn apart because their loved one left no instructions for them before they died. You can literally create a will that can state your intentions forever in less than two hours. I under two hours you can avoid absolute turmoil in the future.

With a last will & testament in Louisiana you can:

  • Decide who gets what. Without a will, the state will decide for you.
  • Declare who you wish to raise your children. The courts will still have to approve your choice, but the odds of having the right guardians rise dramatically if you state your wishes in your will.
  • Declare who you want to settle your estate upon your death.
  • Tell your family how you want to be buried or cremated.
  • Show your family that you loved them and cared about them.

Because the laws in Louisiana are very particular and stringent when writing a will, it is highly advised that you seek help to make sure that the formalities are met. If you are in the Baton Rouge area, and you would like to discuss your needs, feel free to call me at 225-907-5280.

Holy Saturday, Lazy Notary

holy saturdayToday (4/19/14) is Holy Saturday, also known as the day before Easter, also known as the day before I get sick on chocolates. It’s been a good and lazy day for me.

  • I started my notary day off by meeting a couple on Jones Creek. They are setting up an LLC in preparation for starting a new gym. Nice people.
  • I then ran to the Target store on Millerville to otarize a truck sale. The buyer was “interesting”, also known as “strange”, and maybe “weird”. I liked him.
  • I followed that vehicle sale up by walking into the Target store to notarize a loan modification closing. Convenient, right? It went fast and easy, just like I like them.
  • The next run brought me back to Jones Creek to the Hi Nabor store where I notarized a 401k form for a couple. Again, “interesting” people.
  • I then traveled to the hood to notarize another truck sale. They people were actually very friendly and grateful. It’s kind of sad to see good people living next to pimps and drug dealers.
  • The final, so far, job of the day was a cancellation of a promissory note. There was a twist in it because a POA was involved, but it went just fine.

Yep, a good and lazy day. I made a few bucks, and there was zero stress involved, also known as perfect.


Comment Please?

commentI’m not begging, or maybe I am, but I would really appreciate a comment or two from any of you. I post on this notary blog almost every day. I do it because it’s fun, I like to write, and it helps me promote my business. When my business benefits, I can afford my family. When I can afford my family, I’m happy.

Why would I like comments? For one thing, it helps keep me motivated to keep writing. For another, it helps attract new visitors to this site. Lastly, it’s really fun to read whatever you have to say. Taking a few minutes, every now and then, to write a comment here really makes my day.

To sum it all up, would you share a comment here? It really means a lot to me, and I really appreciate it. I know how many of you read my ramblings already, so just a comment every now and then would be great.

Good Friday, Slow Day

good fridayToday (4/18/14) was Good Friday. On the notary front, it was a really slow day. Honestly, it’s exactly what I needed though. This week has been crazy busy. While we always need the money, I needed an easy day, so that’s exactly what I got.

The only two jobs I did today were:

  • A really good regular bought a truck over in Port Allen. I met him at a business on Court Street to do notarize the Bill of Sale and title.He even tipped me $20. What a great customer!
  • I notarized a Bill of Sale for a lawnmower on Siegen. It was one of those $7,000 commercial mowers. We did it in the Twin Peaks parking lot, so I used the opportunity for my boys and I to eat there. We had a lot of fun, and the food is really great there.

On the personal front, Stacey and I went out with our good friends tonight. We had a $100 gift card to burn at Big Heads Tavern, and burn it we did. We also went to eat at Portico’s on Coursey. Good times.

The plan for tomorrow is to get some loan modifications done. I think I have about 10 of them to do, so I need to get rolling with them. Sunday is Easter, so Stacey and I need to get moving on the Easter baskets too.

Thank you for reading my notary blog. If you need a traveling notary in Baton Rouge, just give me a call at 225-907-5280. I’d love to help you.

Turn License Plate In?

louisiana license plateIn Louisiana, when you sell a vehicle, what do you do with the license plate?

In the “old days”, you had to bring the license plate to the Office of Motor Vehicles after the sale. You could also mail it to them. Those old school days are over.

The easiest thing to do with the license plate now is to just go online to the OMV website HERE. You will then click on the link that says “Notice of Vehicle Transfer” HERE. Then you fill out all of the information. You will need to know the vehicle plate number, VIN, your driver’s license number, the buyer’s name and address, and the amount of the sale. When you finish it, that’s it. You can just destroy your plate, or mail it in if that makes you feel better.

If you are selling a truck or trailer in Louisiana, you can just let the buyer keep the plate. He can transfer it into his name at the OMV. If you don’t trust the buyer, keep it, otherwise you are doing him a huge favor by letting him transfer it into his name.

To repeat, if you are selling a car, atv, mobile home or motorcycle in Louisiana, you don’t have to wait in line at the OMV to turn the plate in. Just go to the OMV website, report the sale, and destroy the plate. Super easy!

If you are in the Baton Rouge area and need help with the paperwork, give me a call at 225-907-5280.

Best Notary Week Ever!

best notary baton rougeThe notary gods must love me right now. Why? Because this is easily my best week ever as a notary! I have been insanely busy all week, hence the lack of posts. I love this little blog of mine, but the heck with it when I am swamped like I’ve been all week. Talk about good timing too! I have a huge payment for our kids’ school that is due next week. The work from this week will take care of it. Yay!!!!!

I have done so many loan closings this week, power of attorneys, car sales, reverse mortgages, affidavits, and random notary jobs. I have traveled to Breaux Bridge, Port Allen, New Orleans, Metarie, Albany, and of course all over Baton Rouge. It has been nothing short of fantastic.

To give you an idea of how my whole week has gone, here is what I did just today:

  • My day started with a notary job at a new restaurant off of Coursey. I notarized some application forms for the owner.
  • The next run brought me to a title company’s office where I did a mortgage refinance closing.
  • I then went to the Neuromedical Center off of Bluebonnet. I created and notarized a POA for a patient.
  • Then I traveled to North Baton Rouge for a car sale where I notarized a bill of sale and car title.
  • I then went to a borrower’s home where I notarized a reverse mortgage closing. The lady was 89 years old and sharp as a tack!
  • The next job brought me to another title company’s office for a mortgage refinance closing.
  • Next up was a title transfer on Coursey.
  • After that I did a truck sale on O’Neal.
  • I followed that up with notarizing some banking paperwork at my home office.
  • Last,, but not least, I did a vehicle transfer by the Baton Rouge High School.

It was insane, awesome, and basically identical to every day this week. Yay me!!!!

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

George AKA Super Notary!

i'm a super notary with a badgeI was talking to some people today about having name tags. Why can’t we all have one? For some reason, only medical workers and Disney cast members get to wear them. Why can’t we all get one? I’m going to make this happen this coming week. Mine is going to say “Super Notary”. Don’t believe me? Watch my post next week.

As far as the notary work goes, the last two days have been great. This whole week was actually wonderful. My sickness that has been lingering in various stages for over two weeks is contained at about the 5% level, and I can live with that. The work coming my way has been great, keeping me very busy. Everything is really good right now.

Yesterday (4/10/14) was crazy busy. I did some mortgage refinance closings, a loan modification, a few affidavits, and a power of attorney. I was busy all day, and everyone was happy to see me. What a great job I have!

Today (4/11/14) was a little chill, and I needed that. I had two loan closings, both of them in Baton Rouge. I also did a notarization so that a kid could take her ACT test. Simple day, and just what the doctor ordered.

Tomorrow I have a ton of car transfers to deal with. Tuesday I am insanely overbooked, and I’m still not sure what to do about it. I’m praying my notary luck continues.

George, Super Notary

Who’s Your Baby’s Daddy?

who's your baby's daddyToday (4/9/14) was a busy one. It was all about refinance closings, loan modifications, hospital signings, gambling license notarization, atv transfer, power of attorney, and the who’s your baby’s daddy job.

Refinance Closing: I traveled all the way to Lake Charles for a home loan refinance closing. Luckily, the borrowers were understanding about my tardiness. Riding from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles is always a crap shoot. It can take 2 hours, or it can take 10.

Loan Modifications: I got two of them completed today. One was really strange. The signer’s husband passed away 9 years ago, but he was supposed to be signing the docs? I smell a rejection in the wind.

Hospital Signing: I went to OLOL hospital here in Baton Rouge to notarize an application for a duplicate title. The poor lady had been involved in a serious accident and could barely move. Going to that monster hospital is always a pain in the butt, but it feels good to help someone that’s stuck there.

Gambling License Notarization: I went to Lauberge again to notarize a gambling license. They even gave me a free cookie! Can you say “best customers ever”?

ATV Transfer: A repeat customer that owns an ATV shop called again. He’s very friend and appreciative of my work. Great combo!

Power of Attorney: I got a call from a social worker at a new hospice here in BR. They had a family there that needed a POA written and notarized. I was honored to help the family, and really do wish them well.

Who’s Your Baby’s Daddy: The last run of the night brought me to the Sherwood Forest area to notarize a form to change the baby’s last name so that it matches the father’s. I think this is the third one I’ve done this week. The baby daddy and momma were great people (cough, cough).

Thanks for reading my boring notary blog! You can reach me at 225-907-5280 if you need some help, or if you want to play 80’s Trivial Pursuit.