Friday, February 7, 2014

The Right Message at the Right Time

When I announced that Notary Basics for Alabama Notaries - a notary training class - would use the National Notary Association's (NNA) "Twelve Steps to a Flawless Notarization" as its primary textbook, I was asked why.  My answer was simple:  Cost and Content.

For less than ten dollars, "Twelve Steps" provides the most amount of information for the least amount of money.  The NNA makes it plain in the Introduction:

                             "The purpose of this book is to explain the critical elements of proper
                               notarization and to help Notaries use reasonable care".  [Page 6]

In other words, the NNA made the decision to focus on what really matters - the basics.  And, in my opinion, they did an exceptional job.  By covering less information the author's were able to go "deeper" and in greater detail, while still leaving room for each state's requirements to be added without taking anything away from "Twelve Steps" and visa versa.  "Twelve Steps" is a soft-back book - light enough and small enough to carry easily in a notary bag.  Not a bad idea for new notaries.

While "Twelve Steps" is perfect for covering the basics - we at Notaries for Alabama knew it was equally important for Notary Basics to include Alabama-specific requirements.  For that, we turned to "A Manual for Notaries Public in the State of Alabama" - a document few Notaries know anything about.  It was published by The Young Lawyers' Section of The Alabama State Bar.  The last copyright date was 2007. Although some information is out of date (i.e., it refers to a $10,000 bond requirement, when it was increased to $25,000 two years ago); it has timely information concerning Oaths, Journal Keeping and Notary Liability.  As the Lead Trainer for Notary Basics for Alabama Notaries, I feel confident that students will leave the class with more knowledge and skills than they had when they arrived.

Notary Basics training will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Homewood Public Library, in Homewood, Alabama.  The cost is $35.

If you're a first-time Notary Public, or a commissioned Notary who never received formal training, Notary Basics may be right for you.  For more information, call (205) 626-9399.  You can also register online at

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