MASSACHUSETTS NOTARY PUBLIC
A Massachusetts Notary Public is a sworn public officer appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of his council. A notary public commissioned in Massachusetts has the power to acknowledge signatures, administer oaths and affirmations, take depositions and issue subpoenas and witness summonses in lawsuits. Notaries public are most commonly used to acknowledge signatures, especially on court papers such as affidavits.
Although a Massachusetts Notary Public is empowered to issue subpoenas, he should not do so unless if he is familiar with the law and court rules. Subpoenas need to be in a specific format and comply with the law. This network, commonly known as, IPS, has degreed paralegals who act as notaries public. Our notaries are familiar with the rules of court that stipulate how a subpoena should be drafted and issued.
A Massachusetts Notary Public is commissioned for a term of seven years unless if the notary resigns or his commission is revoked for official misconduct. Executive Order 455 (04-04) as amended, Standards of Conduct for Notaries Public, was signed by former Governor Mitt Romney. This Executive Order sets the rules that every notary public must abide by. It defines the duties, notarial certificates, and what constitutes 'official misconduct'. ALL NOTARIES MUST READ AND UNDERSTAND THE EXECUTIVE ORDER.
A Notary Public is empowered to perform the following official duties anywhere in Massachusetts:
- Take Acknowledgments
- Witness Signatures
- Issue Subpoenas
- Issue Summonses for Witnesses
- Administer Oath / Affirmation
- Certify Copies of Documents
- Protest Negotiable Instruments
- Jurat (Affidavits)
- Take Depositions (testimony)
- Witness the Opening of Bank Safe, Vault or Box
Documents that we commonly
~ Power of Attorney ~ Deeds
~ Last Will and Testament ~ Affidavits
~ Homestead Declarations ~ Parental Permission to Travel
~ Affidavit of Citizenship ~ Promissory Notes
~ Demand Letters ~ Custodian of Records Affidavit
~ Separation Agreements ~ Prenuptial Agreements
~ DS-3053 - Passport to Minor ~ Visa (India, Student, Work, etc.)
~ Health Care Proxy ~ Divorce Paperwork