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The Notary brought Flowers

Everyone who deals with the public runs into strange situations, notaries are not an exception. Naturally, the names are omitted; but the events are accurately portrayed. I get a call from a young lady lawyer with an estate settlement “holdup”. One of the witnesses to the signing of the 12 year old will was notarized improperly. The Probate Court is insisting on a notarized statement from that witness; in effect – re-notarizing her signature. Of course the notarization date is “in the present” – but the witness, alas “doesn’t want to be bothered”.

Not being an attorney, I don’t know the ins and outs of proper protocol in “encouraging” a witness to permit re-notarization. I left those details to my client, the lady lawyer. She sent the witness two expensive bottles of Kosher wine. would have liked them as my fee! They arrived the night prior to my appointment to meet with the elusive witness. Naturally, I made sure she was sober and able to understand both the affidavit and my notary oath. But I am getting a bit ahead of myself. When I met with the lady lawyer (my client) she handed me two dozen roses to deliver to the reticent affiant.

Prior to my involvement in this “case” – both the lady lawyer and the witness had exchanged some unpleasant words. “You have to go see her without me”, said the attorney – handing me the roses for the witness. I told the attorney that I would be making my “dual roles” quite clear to the witness. When the witness answered the door, I said I was both a “flower delivery person” and a notary public! As a that certainly was a first. The witness, somewhat bemused, with the two bottles of Kosher wine on her table from last night’s delivery; invited me in. “Let’s get this silly thing over as quickly as possible”, she requested as she handed me her driver’s license.

The witness reads the affidavit, signs it and answers positive to my notary oath. Mission accomplished! While the affiant arranges the roses in a suitable container – I complete the notary section, using both stamp and embosser. I double check the document very carefully, mindful that this visit cost my client wine, flowers and my fee. All is in order, no possibility of the slightest flaw. I thank the witness for her time and leave with the notarized document. The lady lawyer is munching on a bagel at the corner café. She practically cheers when I signal “thumbs up” when I spot her. “Have some breakfast and tell me all about it”, she insists. There was little to tell – the notarization went smoothly. The only “odd” part was the reason for the affiant’s hurry. She said her dog had a “past due” appointment with a fire hydrant!


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