An Indiana Notary Public is an public officer of Indiana, authorized by law to certify documents, take affidavits, and administer oaths. In Indiana a Notary Public is appointed for eight years by the Indiana Secretary of State. The jurisdiction of an Indiana Notary Public is statewide but no Notary can be compelled to notarizes documents outside of their home county.
All Indiana notaries will have a $5,000 Bond to protect the public. All professional mobile notaries carry Errors & Omission Insurance and participates in some form of continuing education program each year.
There are several reasons why using a notary in your transactions makes sense. One of the most important reasons is that under the Federal Rules of Evidence, a notarized document is considered "self authenticating". This same rule is true in most states "rules of evidence". When a document is self authenticating, the signers of the transaction do not need to testify in court to verify the authenticity of their signatures. According to the experts, having a document notarized is a huge strategic advantage in litigation.
Public notaries duties might be simple to execute, however, they are extremely important. Notaries have two primary functions. First to ensure the signing parties are who they say they are. This is done in most cases by requiring the signers to present proper identification. Second, to ensure the person signing is doing so voluntarily. This is especially crucial when a senior citizen or someone with limited English skills is signing a document. Having a notary as part of a transaction can lowers risk of future issues.