Wisconsin Notary Services
Many lawyers in Wisconsin enjoy what Sally Anderson, vice president-claims at Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co. calls a “forever” notary in the State.
This means that, as lawyers paying for their license, they’re able to notarize documents and perform notarial acts.
However, a Wisconsin notary public has several specific duties, as outlined by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institution (DFI) and so they “have an obligation to read the rules and apply them properly,” says Anderson.
And rightly so. The very role of a Notary Public is to act as witness and preside over important agreements and official documents. Often, these documents form the basis for important financial agreements, life milestones like deed purchases, and more.
The Wisconsin Notary Public plays a crucial role that comes with its own requirements, do’s, and dont’s. As a member of the public, it’s important to know just what that role entails — and limits because you may be accessing a notary public sooner than you think.
Wisconsin Mobile Notaries
A Notary Public in Wisconsin performs a blend of unique and standard services for those wishing to have their documents officially attested to and acknowledged.
In Wisconsin, a notary public may be appointed for four years (in contrast with some other states, such as West Virginia, where the term of the office lasts five years).
At its core, the role of Notary public in Wisconsin remains the same as in other states. Notaries can:
- Take acknowledgments
- Administer oaths and affirmations
- Take verifications upon oath or affirmation
- Certify/attest copies
- Witness or attest signatures
- Execute protests
Seals are a standard part of all documents presided over by a notary and, in Wisconsin, include the standard information. In Wisconsin, the seal will also bear details of the “County of Venue”.
And while this is strictly prohibited in other states, a Notary Public in Wisconsin may bear witness to signatures (and perform a notarial act) of family members, relatives, and/or spouses.request quote: Wisconsin notary services
In Wisconsin, the assigned notary public does not have to maintain a journal. However, if the individual occupying this office does choose to keep a journal anyway, they’ll need to follow some statutory guidelines.
These include a record of:
- Date and type of notarial act
- Names and signatures of persons involved
- Numbers from ID cards and driver’s licenses presented
This comes in handy in case of a dispute down the road.
In Wisconsin, it’s the Department of Financial Institutions that control and administers the office of the Notary Public. That means the Notary Public is answerable to the Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions, not the Secretary of State.
Let’s say you have certain documents — birth certificates, adoption papers, marriage licenses, corporate documents, school transcripts, and/or trademarks — that have been issued in Wisconsin by the WDFI.
In order to certify the signatures of public officials and notaries on these documents, the office of the Secretary is responsible for issuing “apostilles”. These are certifications required and given for all countries that follow the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961.
One more thing: Is it that all lawyers are naturally considered a Notary Public in Wisconsin?
Attorneys in Wisconsin do not automatically become qualified to be a Notary Public in Wisconsin, simply because they’re qualified ot practice law.
However, under Wis. Stat. section 137.01(2), they can apply for a permanent commission as a notary public, once they apply to the DFI and pay a fee of $50. That means no four-year term — they’ve got the ability to be a Notary Public, as long as their license remains in good standing
Need a Mobile Notary Public in Wisconsin?
If you need a mobile notary in Wisconsin, you’ll know by the language on your forms. At the end of the form, there should be a place for a notary’s signature and seal. Some documents call for a witness, and a notary can serve this purpose, too. Most documents and forms that are filed with the court require a notary.
Mortgage closing documents
Designations of beneficiary
Affidavits of independent professional advice
Real estate documents
Supporting documents for disability claims
A Notary That Comes To You
As you can see, things run a little differently in the State of Wisconsin. However, the basic services a Notary Public in Wisconsin fulfills remains the same.
Since attorneys can also perform notarial acts as a commission Notary Public, individuals don’t always have to wonder where to find a notary. Their legal team may well be suited for this role.
But if you don’t have an attorney who is already a commissioned Notary Public in Wisconsin, rely on Superior Notary Services to help you find a notary close to you. We offer service during off-hours, so you can ensure your documentation is in order, and under deadline.
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How it Works
Our easy-to-use services can be accessed in the comfort of your home or office through our four-step process.
- Receive Signing Order
- Documents Sent to a Signing Agent
- Updates Modifications & Confirmations
- Completion & Prompt Invoicing
In Office Notary Fees
The fees a notary may charge are set by the State of Texas. The most common fee is $6 for a standard oath or affirmation and seal
Mobile Notary Fees
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