Should Every Notary Use a Notary Journal?

Should Every Notary Use a Notary Journal?

Back in 2003, when I first started prosecuting real estate fraud cases as Los Angeles deputy district attorney, I was flabbergasted to learn that 37 states do NOT require notaries to keep a record book of their transactions. That number has dropped to 36 because as of...
NFTs Minted for Fraud Protection. How and why?

NFTs Minted for Fraud Protection. How and why?

Because my company developed a smartphone app that uses Non-Fungible Token technology, I often get asked: What the heck are NFTs? The short answer is, a non-fungible token (or “NFT”) is a unique digital identification number (called a “hash”) that is used to verify...
What are my rights when someone forged my signature?

What are my rights when someone forged my signature?

As a California lawyer, I have been fighting con artists and flimflam men (that’s my favorite synonym for fraudsters!) since 1998, and I can’t tell you how many forged signatures, fake notary seals and fabricated documents that I have seen. Thousands, for sure. What...
Notaries Throughout History and Pop Culture

Notaries Throughout History and Pop Culture

Notaries Public, also known simply as notaries, are officials appointed by state governments to witness the signing of important, sometimes life-altering documents. These unbiased third parties serve in positions of integrity and responsibility, playing the important...