Thursday, July 31, 2008

Notarized Certificates of Authenticity

Recently (2 weeks ago) I was at the National Fantasy Fan Club's Disneyana Convention in Garden Grove, California, near Disneyland. I love Disney collectibles, whether they be watches, sculptures, toys, drawings, paintings, prints, or whatever. It dawned on me when I was attending the culmination of the convention, the Show and Sale, that I got this great new idea.

I was wondering how I could connect 2 of the biggest things that I do: Collectibles and Notarizing, into a job. Then I got it: Certificates of Authenticity! Many collectibles come with Certificates of Authenticity. I put "Certificate of Authenticity Notarized" into a Google search, and a few things came up. It seems that some places already have been offering obvious stuff- like autographs of celebrities- having notarized Certificates of Authenticity, and I've also seen it with some private Artists.

What if an artist made something by hand himself, that is, sculpted some pieces with his own had and assembled the pieces by himself, for example. Like an artist's proof. Would a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the artist, make the piece more valuable to the average collector? As a collector myself, I think so. If that Certificate of Authenticity were notarized by a Notary Public, would that make the piece even more valuable? I would venture to guess that it would, for a couple of reasons.

First, if the Artist signs a notarized Certificate of Authenticity, then the Artist also must sign the Notary Public's journal (for states that require Notaries to maintain a journal- California certainly does). In California, a Notary Public's journal is a matter of public record, and any entry in it can be researched by parties who know about the transaction.

Second, if a Certificate is notarized by the Artist, that means that the Artist is identified by the Notary Public (using acceptable identification according to state law). In the case of a Jurat certificate, the Notary must see the Artist sign the Certificate, and the Artist must take an oath stating that the contents of the Certificate are true. In the case of an Acknowledgement certificate, the Artist merely tells the Notary Public that he (or she) signed the Certificate of Authenticity, and it is not necessary for the Notary Public to see them sign the Certificate of Authenticity. (Which would you prefer for your Certificate of Authenticity for an art piece that you purchase, based on the foregoing- a Jurat or an Acknowledgement? )

If you are an artist or company in the Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale or Hollywood area, who would like to create your own Certificates of Authenticity and have them notarized to create value for your collectors, I would be happy to discuss doing business with you in that regard. I can be contacted at (323)393-5822.

Fun in New Orleans, at the NNA's Conference - A Walk To Deanie's Seafood

I went to New Orleans in May for the National Notary Association's Annual Convention. The Convention was held at the Hilton, right next to the Mississippi River. New Orleans was the perfect place to hold the Convention. The city has lots of beauty. I loved the French Quarter, and frankly, I would love to go back there for a few days. Pictured first is Deanie's Seafood Restaurant in the French Quarter, which was only about 2 blocks away from the hotel that I stayed at (which was a timeshare, the Maison Pierre LaFitte, which I highly recommend to anyone who has access to an RCI vacation!) Deanie's has really good gumbo- in fact, Deanie's had the best gumbo out of all the other places that I ate during the whole trip! You could see and taste the crab, shrip, and okra in their gumbo. The other pictures you see are were taken while I walked to Deanies, including a shot back from the French Quarter out to Canal St. Enjoy, and more pictures to come later.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Notaries Need Pens!

A notary without a pen is like a cop without a gun. If you are a Notary Public, you should have an ample supply of pens. Blue and black are typically the colors that notaries will need.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Need an Apostille? Let Hollywood do the Deal!

If you need to get an Apostille of a document notarized by an Los Angeles County notary or on a Los Angeles County document, we can do it for you. Go to Hollywood to see our Apostille Services that we offer. You can get your documents back within 1 to 2 business days!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Getting Thumbprints in your Notary Journal

California requires Notaries Public to obtain a right thumbprint for any signer of documents which are of the type, "Deed" or "Power of Attorney".

The National Notary Association recommends obtaining the thumbprint of the signer of any document, as another form of identification. At Hollywood Notary.Net, we will obtain your right thumbprint for all Notary transactions.

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