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How Much Does Notary Cost?

notary costI hear this question more than any other: How much does the notary cost? Another version is: How much does it cost to notarize something? The answer can be complicated.

Here in Louisiana, there is no law that sets the rate to get something notarized. In some other states, there is an exact fee that must be charged, and the notary can’t charge you a penny more. Since I work and live in Louisiana, and I could really care less about notary fee prices in other states, the rest of this answer will apply to LA, and me in particular.

Yes, in Louisiana there is no set price, so a notary public can literally charge you anything he wants to. I could tell you that for me to notarize your power of attorney it will cost $1,000,000. If you agree, and pay me that, then that is the price of the service. I could also tell you that it costs $1, if I’m dumb enough, and that would be the price. Actually, I know a lot of people that think $1 is about right.

Since I am a mobile notary that usually travels to my customers, part of the pricing formula for me is where I need to travel to. If you are right next to where I am, then the price will probably be fairly low. If you are two hours away in Lake Charles, the cost will probably be pretty high.

I also need to know what you need me to notarize. Some things require more work on my part, so I have to charge more. For instance, if I am notarizing a quit claim deed for an individual, I have to travel to the clerk of court and have it recorded. That requires more work, so I charge for my time. If I need to notarize an insurance form that is completely filled out, your costs will be low.

I also want to know exactly what you want me to do. If you want me to create a last will and testament from scratch, I will gladly do it, but that requires a good deal of work, so I charge for it. Now if you already have a last will and testament full prepared (and properly), and you just need me to notarize it, that is less work, so the price would be less.

I also vary my rates depending on when you need me. I am literally available 24/7, so I will happily come to you at any time, but if you call me at 2:00 in the morning, I expect a little more than if you called me during “normal” hours.

To sum it up, in Louisiana the notary fee is not fixed. I determine your price by knowing how far I have to travel, what you need me to notarize, how much work I have to do, and the time that you need me to come to you. Does that make sense?

The easiest way to give you a quote is for you to just call me at 225-907-5280 if you are anywhere near Baton Rouge. You can also email me at georgectull (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thank you for reading!

EBR Prison Notary

east baton rouge parish prisonIf you need a notary public that will travel to the East Baton Rouge parish prison, you found him. As a traveling notary that covers the greater Baton Rouge area, I can meet you anywhere, even at the parish prison.

There are two ways for me to notarize documents at the prison:

  1. You set it up. If you are the family of a loved one that is in jail, you may be able to work directly with the warden’s office to schedule a meeting with me and the inmate that needs to sign some papers. I’ve only seen this work a few times, but it’s possible.
  2. I set it up. I will need to contact the prison and schedule a meeting with the inmate. I will need his name, social security number, and what you need to have notarized. It’s a bit of a pain, but I can do it.

How much does it cost? It’s not cheap. On average, I’m looking at almost an hour of drive time to and from the EBR prison. Then it normally takes about an hour to get in and out of it. I typically count on spending at least two hours to do the job. It can also vary depending on what you need to have notarized, and how many pages are involved. For an exact quote, just call me at 225-907-5280 so we can discuss the details.

I can also travel to other surrounding prisons. Technically, I can travel to any prison in Louisiana, but of course the costs go up the further away it is.

Spanish Town Parade 2014

spanish town parade 2014Today (3/1/14) was all about the Spanish Town Parade in Baton Rouge. We left at around 10:00 this morning, and we just got back home around 6:00 P.M. We caught a bunch of junk, and watched float after float (hundreds?).

It was fun, but OMG the sun was intense. Apparently it was only around 80 degrees outside, but that sun was beating down on us, and I’m not used to it yet. Just wait until the summer comes! The best part of the parade, to me, was the lawn mower people. It was really funny seeing old guys dance around to the music. Good times!

After the parade we ate at Coyote Moon off of Acadian with some friends. The food is so good there. That’s definitely one of my favorite restaurants.

One the notary front, I had two jobs today that are worth talking about:

  • I did a trailer transfer that took longer than it should have. This is one of those trailers that you can sleep in. The man was selling it for $4,000 which seemed cheap to me. I could live in it. The problem was that the buyers didn’t show up until 35 minutes after the time I was told to be there. This is exactly why I don’t like to go to a vehicle transfer until everyone is there and calls me. The seller was a nice guy, and the conversation was good, but having me sit around and wait (for free) is just bad business. I’m a sucker at heart, but I need to put the hammer down on that issue. I waited over an hour once, so it seems like I should have learned my lesson.
  • The other noteworthy notary job today involved a man that will be passing soon. He and his family was smart enough to do some life planning work before it’s too late. I met everyone at their home in Prairieville (Ascension Parish), and it was really nice with a pond in their back yard. We notarized a financial power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney, living will, and a last will and testament. I probably undercharged them, but like I said, I’m a sucker.

I am supposed to meet a family later tonight to deal with a bail bondsman, but I really want to just lay down and watch t.v. That sun really got to me!

Thank you for reading my notary blog! If you are in the Baton Rouge area and need a notary that will come to you, call me at 225-907-5280.

After Hours Notary

after hours notary public baton rougeLooking for an after hours notary public in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Walker, Central, Port Allen, Brusly, Walker or other Louisiana cities nearby? You found him right here.

I am the only notary, as far as I know, that is really open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Better yet, I can travel to you, if you need me to. If you call me now at 225-907-5280, I can help you any time, anywhere in the greater Baton Rouge area.

Thank you for visiting!

What Can a Louisiana Notary Do?

louisiana contractAs a traveling notary that covers the Baton Rouge area (and beyond), there are a lot of things that I can do as a Louisiana notary public. Unlike other states, a notary in LA has the ability to handle a wide variety of issues in the legal realm. A notary here can:

  • pass a mortgage. All mortgages in Louisiana require a notary to witness the borrower’s signature.
  • transfer real property by an act of sale or donation.
  • act of adoption. If you are adopting a child in Louisiana, you need a notary.
  • create and notarize a power of attorney (mandate).
  • create affidavits including an affidavit of small succession.
  • create life planning documents such as a last will & testament, trust and living will.
  • assist in business formations for corporations and limited liability corporations.
  • create matrimonial agreements.
  • create and notarize contracts.
  • in general, create and legal instrument that is in writing.

If you need a notary in the Baton Rouge area, please give me a call at 225-907-5280. Thank you for reading!

Notary Open On Sunday In Baton Rouge

baton rouge notary open sundayJust because it’s a Sunday, life doesn’t come to a stop. I am a notary that is open on Sunday in Baton Rouge. In other words, as far as I know, I am the only notary public in our area that is always open. Yes, I am 24/7.

My hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need a notary, I am always available.

While I am based in Baton Rouge, I also travel to customers throughout Louisiana. As a mobile notary (traveling notary), I can come straight to you in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Central, Walker, Port Allen, Brusly, Prairieville, Gonzales and beyond.

If you need a notary in the greater Baton Rouge area on a Sunday, just give me a call at 225-907-5280. Thank you!

Baton Rouge Hospital Notary

our lady of the lake hospital notaryI am a mobile notary public based out of Baton Rouge, LA. What does that mean? Simply put, I travel to you, my customer. I can meet you anywhere in the Baton Rouge area such as your home, nursing home, office, attorney’s office, prison, and even a hospital. I am available 24/7, and most of my customers consider me to be the most convenient notary that you could ever imagine.

Why do I travel to hospitals in the Baton Rouge area to perform notary services? Let me give you a common example:

  • Mary is at OLOL in Baton Rouge. Mary will have an operation the next morning. She is expected to recover well, but she may be stuck in the hospital for a few weeks. Mary has business that needs to be taken care of, and she wants someone to represent her interests at the hospital and outside of it, but how can she do this? Simply put, Mary needs a Power of Attorney to appoint her daughter Jaci as her agent. But how is she going to do this before her operation when she can’t leave her room? Mary hears about me and calls me at 225-907-5280. I visit Mary and Jaci at the hospital, we execute a Power of Attorney, and Mary can relax and focus on getting better, knowing that Jaci will represent her.

Local hospitals that I visit regularly in the Baton Rouge area are: Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge General Mid City, Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet, and Ochsner.

Of course I also visit hospitals in surrounding areas including: Lane Regional in Zachary, St Elizabeth in Gonzales, West Feliciana Hospital in Saint Francisville, Lafayette General Medical Center in Lafayette, and many more.

If you are in a hospital anywhere in Louisiana, and you need a notary public to visit with you, just give me a call at 225-907-5280. Thanks for reading!