WHAT WE CAN'T DO (SO PLEASE DON'T EVEN ASK)

  • We cannot officiate if the document signer is not physically present.
  • We cannot sign and seal a blank notarial certificate.
  • We cannot give you any advice or opinions that should be given by an attorney—this is unlicensed practice of law.
  • Notaries in New York State have no authority to certify copies of documents (for instance, "I hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy...," ). However, we may sign a form of affidavit on a copy where the document's custodian signs and swears to the authenticity of the document (usually a government issued picture ID). This can suffice as a "notarized copy" in most instances, but is not a certified copy.
  • We may not certify the accuracy of a translation - we may take the oath of a person who swears the translation is accurate.
  • We cannot insert or fill in information for the signers.
  • We cannot advise the signer as to exactly what their answers should be to questions.
  • We cannot backdate or forward date of a notarization.
  • We cannot proceed with notarization if the signer cannot be positively identified through personal knowledge or satisfactory evidence of identification.
  • We cannot prepare or choose the documents for signing.