Stamp Your John Hancock Here

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Sign hereSpeaking as a Notary Public, did you know that when you are signing legal documents you can stamp your name on that document instead of actually signing it?

You may have noticed when working with title documents that often after or next to the signature line of the document it may say "seal". Seal is just a confusing way of saying your stamp or "your mark"

Why do I bring this up?

In the last month I conducted three signing where I wished the signer had a name stamp. Most of the closings I conduct involve 100 to 250 pages. Imagine these:

#1) A closing with a blind signer. I had to position his hand on each document. Out of about 50 pages his signature ended up on the line once.

#2) A signer who was mentally competent but slow. It took her about a full minute per signature.

#3) A signer with severe arthritis. It took him about 30 seconds to sign and each signature was very painful.

These three signings got me thinking why not buy a signature stamp for $30.00 and have it for the rest of ones life. We may not need it today but you never know when it may come in handy.

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ROBERT L. TIMM, OWNER

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 Minot North Dakota 58701

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Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Nina Hollander I can only speak for North Dakota but I do believe it's all across the USA. The Notary Public is there to identify the signer as the signer and he/she still witnesses them signing (stamping) the signature. It is also the Notary Public's duty to ask if they are signing the document willingly and that they understand what they are signing.

Apr 25, 2020 05:34 AM #4
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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True Wayne Martin . Although ND does allow electronic signings I have yet to do one as a Notary Public.

Apr 25, 2020 05:36 AM #5
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Dr. Karen Lewis, Broker 954-2489149 a signature stamp can come in very handy for businesses but all three of the examples I mentioned were home refi documents.

Apr 25, 2020 05:38 AM #6
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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I am very curious about the stamp in Maryland - I will have to ask!

Apr 25, 2020 06:26 AM #7
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Bob - interesting.  Reading the comments you have received so far, it seems this is news.  Something to find out if this is applicable in one's own state.  

Apr 25, 2020 06:33 AM #8
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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I think everyone should have one Lise Howe , they are especially handy for elderly home sellers at time of closing but we never know when we may find one handy for ourselves. I've never had my right arm in a sling (amazing as often as I break things) but if I did I think it would be a lot easier to stamp with my left hand then trying to sign with a broken right wrist/arm.

Apr 25, 2020 08:36 AM #9
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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It would be a State by State thing Michael Jacobs but it would only make sense to apply in all 50 States.

Apr 25, 2020 08:38 AM #10
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Will Hamm
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Hello Bon "RealMan" Timm,  Now I learn a lot from you of how this works.  Hope you are doing okay.

 

Apr 25, 2020 09:04 AM #11
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Things have been GREAT Will Hamm . I retired from Real Estate so I could slow down... now as a NNA Certified Signing Agent these low interest rates are keeping me even busier then I was as a Realtor. 

Apr 25, 2020 09:12 AM #12
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Bob- I can see why a stamp would come in handy! And yes, I'll bet there will be some who are checking into their own state's requirements. 

Apr 25, 2020 05:09 PM #13
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Apr 25, 2020 06:46 PM #14
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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What a GREAT honor Kathy Streib . Thank you for making my weekend. 

Apr 25, 2020 07:12 PM #15
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James Dray
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Morning Bob.

Over the last few decades my signature has gone from excellent to barely legible. Not ready for a stamp, but who knows what tomorrow may bring

Apr 26, 2020 01:30 AM #16
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Wow you just taught me something ! I never knew you could use a stamp to sign Docs. !

Apr 26, 2020 06:12 AM #17
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Once again we are in the same boat James Dray but NOW is the time to do it so they have a good example of what your signature should look like.

Apr 26, 2020 06:27 AM #18
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Thank you Michael J. Perry , it feels good to be know for teaching a good lesson .

Apr 26, 2020 06:29 AM #19
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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Good idea, not sure if a bank will accept the signature stamp, but definitely would be helpful in these three scenarios.

Apr 26, 2020 09:30 AM #20
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Bob "RealMan" Timm - that is interesting information.  I wonder if the varies by state.  For this time our state is allowing virtual.

Apr 26, 2020 10:20 AM #21
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So is a stamp of one’s signature still considered a binding legal document?

Apr 27, 2020 08:39 PM #22
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Bob "RealMan" Timm That stamp would make it easier for you the notary but I would be concerned with others who could use that person's stamp without permission.

Apr 28, 2020 08:46 PM #23
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