Category Archives: General Notary Work

Competency Requirements

competencyAs a mobile notary public serving the Greater Baton Rouge area, sometimes I have to determine if a signer is truly competent to sign. In other words, I need to know that the person signing a legal document has the required competency to actually sign it.

As an example, let’s say that James calls me to visit his mom Susan in the hospital at OLOL. James wants me to notarize a Power Of Attorney that Susan will sign authorizing James to act as her agent on financial matters.

In scenario A: Susan is unconscious. James wants to “help” her sign the POA. Obviously, Susan is not competent, so I will not notarize the POA. She lacks the mental and physical capacity to enter into a contract.

In scenario B: Susan is doing well. She talks to me at length, explains that she knows exactly what the Power Of Attorney is for, and tells me that she is thrilled that James can now deal with her banking on her behalf. Obviously, in this case Susan has the required competency, so I will gladly notarize the POA after it is signed.

In scenario C: Susan is sitting up, talking to the television, and just seems “foggy”. I ask her if she knows what James wants her to sign. She says, “Yes, I do. This is a POA. I like grape jelly a lot!” Is Susan competent to sign this contract? Does she have the required mental capacity to enter into a contract?

I run into scenario C quite often. Sometimes it’s just not easy to determine if a client is truly able to understand what he/she is signing, but I need to live with myself at the end of the day, so I have to make the call that just feels right.

According to The Free Dictionary, competent means, “The quality or condition of being legally qualified to perform an act.” And according to the Law Dictionary, being incompetent is “the condition of lacking the ability to handle one’s affairs due to mental or physical incapacity.” A well understood principle of contract law is “Capacity to contract means the legal competence of a person to enter into a valid contract. Usually the capacity to contract refers to the capacity to enter into a legal agreement and the competence to perform some act. The basic element to enter into a valid contract is that s/he much have a sound mind”

In the end I really have to use my best judgment to decide if someone is competent. If the signer is awake, can explain what they are signing, and can carry on a conversation with me, they should be considered competent.



Louisiana Boat Trailer Bill Of Sale

If you are buying or selling a boat trailer from an individual in Louisiana,you will want to fill out a Louisiana boat trailer bill of sale. You can use a general boat bill of sale to do this, but it’s probably a good idea to use a bill of sale that also includes the information on the trailer. Why? Because Louisiana is a silly title state on trailers, so you will need to present the document to the OMV (DMV) just for the trailer. The boat and motor are done separately with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

I have helped hundreds of people with their LA trailer bill of sale because I am a mobile notary that covers the Baton Rouge region 24/7. If you are buying or selling a boat trailer,and need help with the paperwork, just give me a call at 225-907-5280. I will do my best to help you!

You can use the following free bill of sale for a boat trailer in Louisiana. If you need any assistance just give me a call. Click on the following link to download the easy boat trailer bill of sale template:

louisiana boat trailer bill of sale

Give me a call at 225-907-5280 if you need to get it notarized.


Notarize Copy Of Birth Certificate In LA?

As a mobile notary that travels everywhere around Baton Rouge, I get asked to notarize a lot of documents. I can notarize so many different things, but one thing I can not notarize is a copy of a birth certificate in Louisiana! I wish I could, but it’s just not allowed. If I did sign a Louisiana birth certificate, it would be useless to you.

louisiana birth certificateToday a man called me from Texas. He had recently had some trouble and needed his birth certificate. Since he was born in Baton Rouge, he was going to have a family member come to meet me to notarize his LA birth certificate. As much as I hated to say no, there wasn’t anything else that I could do except point him to information provided by the state.

Some parishes allow you to get an official copy of your Louisiana birth certificate from the local clerk of court, but most don’t. You can order one online from a vendor that is affiliated with the state. You can also visit the Department of Health and Hospitals for more information by clicking this link: HERE!

If I can help you with figuring this out just give me a call. You can also callme for all of your mobile notary needs at 225-907-5280.

Notaries In Baton Rouge Louisiana

baton rouge notariesThere are a lot of notaries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As far as I know, I am the only Baton Rouge notary that is:

1- Mobile: I come to you wherever you are. I can visit you at your home, prison, hospital, nursing home, work, or even a random parking lot near you. Wherever you are, we can take care of your notary needs!


2- 24/7: I am literally available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your notary needs. If you wake up at 3 A.M. and decide that you want to sell your car now and need someone to handle the bill of sale and title transfer, I’ll be there! If you decide on a Sunday that you want to buy a boat and need some help, I will come to you!

If you want the most customer service friendly of all of the Baton Rouge notaries, just give me a call at 225-907-5280.

Louisiana Boat Registration

if you need some help with your Louisiana boat registration just give me a call at 225-907-5280. Registering a boat in Louisiana can be a very complicated process, so you really need to know what you are doing before you buy or sell a boat in Louisiana! There are really two issues involved: registering the boat and registering the trailer.

louisiana boat registrationIf you buy a boat trailer from an individual, that means that you have to deal with the Louisiana Office Of Motor Vehicles (often called the LA DMV). I will save that subject for another post, but the main issue here is that Louisiana is a trailer title state. That means that you have to have the title for the trailer, and then deal with the “fine folks” at the OMV. Make sure that the title is signed over to you and notarized, and that you have a notarized bill of sale to go along with it.

Getting the registration for a boat in Louisiana is really not as bad as you may think, in most cases. If you are buying the boat from an individual, it’s a great idea to call the Louisiana Department Of Wildlife And Fisheries first. This can be a crucial factor in getting a Louisiana boat registration. Tell them about the boat and motor that you are buying and they will make sure that there are no outstanding liens against it. If you don’t do this, and the boat was not paid off by the seller, you will quickly find yourself in a messy situation!

When you purchase the boat make sure that you get a bill of sale for the boat, motor and trailer. Fill it out completely and have it signed by both parties in front of a notary (who will sign and place his seal on it as well). If the boat is already titled, that needs to be signed over as well (you will then have to surrender the title when you apply for the registartion and apply for a new title). Then you will want to fill out the LA Boat Application and send that in with your payment, along with the bill of sale and title (if there is one).

If you are buying a boat from someone out of state and you want to register it in Louisiana, make sure that you get a notarized bill of sale and the title (if there is one). You may have to fill out an extra tax form, but it’s best to call Wildlife & Fisheries to find out.

Before you send anything to LA Wildlife & Fisheries, or go to their office in Baton Rouge, it’s a good idea to call them to make sure that you have everything that you need. Just call 225-765-2800. As long as you make sure their is no lien on the boat before you buy it, and get a notarized bill of sale (and maybe a title) that is accurately completed, you shouldn’t have a problem buying the boat from an individual and then registering it.

If you need any help at all getting your boat registered in Louisiana, please call me at 225-907-5280. As a mobile notary, I can come to you to notarize the title and bill of sale anywhere near Baton Rouge. I am available 24/7 and will gladly travel to wherever you are within an hour of Baton Rouge.

Notary Public Baton Rouge

notary public baton rougeIf you are looking for a notary public in Baton Rouge, call me at 225-907-5280. Better yet, I am a mobile notary public, which means that I come to you,no matter where you are in the Greater Baton Rouge region. Even better yet, I am available 24/7, so I will come to you to notarize any legal document, even on Saturday or Sunday.

There are a lot of notaries in the Baton Rouge area, but there are very few of us that are truly mobile. There are a few mobile notaries that are open late, but I have not found one yet that will answer his phone at 2:00 A.M. and come to you, except for me of course. I am also highly professional, friendly, and truly want to help you get your documents notarized.

So if you are looking for a mobile notary that will come to you 24/7 in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston and all surrounding parishes, don’t hesitate to contact me at 225-907-5280. I am the #1 Notary Public Baton Rouge!

Notary Open On Saturday And Sunday

If you are in the Greater Baton Rouge region and are looking for a notary that is open on Saturday and Sunday, you can stop searching and call George now at 225-907-5280. As a Mobile Notary Public and Notary Signing Agent serving the parishes of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston and more, I work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once you call me and explain what you need to get notarized, I will come to you and get the job done.

Let me give you an example that happened just last night: “John” called me on Saturday night right around midnight. He needed a lease notarized on an apartment that he was renting. Of course the timing was nuts, but as John explained, the tenant was a relative that needed to move in pronto. John had to leave town in a few hours and wouldn’t be back in town for at least a week. They needed a notary that was open very late on the weekends to help them get the lease notarized. I was able to meet with the guys 15 minutes later off of Florida Blvd and get the lease signed and notarized.

If you need a notary that is open late and on weekends, please call me now. I will meet you wherever you are and notarize any legal documents.


Denham Springs Notary

As a Mobile Notary Public based out of Baton Rouge,I am also a Denham Springs Notary. If you need any legal documents notarized in Denham Springs,Louisiana please give me a call at 225-907-5280. I will gladly travel to your home, business, nursing home or hospital to take care of your notary needs.

My most most recent notarization in Denham Springs happened on Monday morning. A really nice elderly man called me from his home off of Range. He needed help with donating his old car to his grandson, but he didn’t travel very well. That is exactly what I am here for! Since I am a Denham Springs Mobile Notary, we arranged to meet at his home bright and early. After drinking a few cups of coffee and looking through a few photo albums that he had, we completed the donation paperwork so that his grandson would have his own ride.

If you live in the Denham Springs area in Livingston Parish Louisiana, and you would like the convenience and comfort of having a notary that will come to you,I hope that you will give me a call at 225-907-5280. I am available 24/7 and would love to help you.

Baton Rouge Nursing Home Notary

As a Mobile Notary Public, I travel everywhere in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston and other surrounding parishes to provide notary services. I especially enjoy traveling to nursing homes or retirement centers. If you, or a loved one, needs a Baton Rouge nursing home notary, I would love to help you. Simply call George at 225-907-5280. I can visit you in your nursing home 24/7 to notarize your legal documents such as Power of Attorney, Living Will, Last WIll & Testament, etc.

Let me give you an example: A few weeks ago a man called me to help with his father. Dad was in a nursing home in the Baton Rouge area recovering from a stroke. Dad was recovering well, and was able to write and speak, but dad needed his son to take care of his financial affairs until he fully recovered. I was able to meet with the gentlemen in the nursing home after the son got off work, get the Durable Power of Attorney signed by dad and son, witnessed, and notarized. Problem solved!

I can visit you in your nursing home to notarize your documents in Baton Rouge, Port Allen, Brusly, Addis, Prairieville, Gonzales, Watson, Baker, Zachary, Denham Springs, Walker, and all surrounding cities. Please call George at 225-907-5280 for more information.


Baton Rouge Hospital Notary

Since I am a Mobile Notary that is available 24/7 in the Greater Baton Rouge region, I travel regularly to the hospitals in our area to notarize documents for patients. The most common documents that I work with as a Baton Rouge Hospital Notary are Durable Power of Attorney, Living Will, Healthcare Proxy, Last Will & Testament, and Bill of Sale.

The hospitals that I serve regularly are Our Lady Of The Lake, St Elizabeth, Baton Rouge General, Earl K Long, Womans Hospital, Ochsner, The Neuromedical Center and Promise. I can visit any of these hospitals 24 hours a day to notarize your legal documents.

If you or a loved one are in need of a Baton Rouge Hospital Notary, please call George at 225-907-5280.