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Posted on: February 8, 2016

Hall Co. Clerk of Court to offer notary public training workshops

The Hall County Clerk of Court’s Office is offering two free notary public training workshops for the public next month.

Working in conjunction with the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority, the Hall County Clerk of Court’s Office will be hosting training workshops on Thursday, March 10 at the Hall County Government Center, located at 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, Georgia 30504. There will be two sessions available, 10:30 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“We look forward to offering this valuable service to our community,” said Hall County Clerk of Courts Charles Baker. “I sincerely encourage anyone who is interested to attend.”

Participants are required to register with the Hall County Clerk’s Office prior to attending and can do so by calling 770-531-7025 or by sending an email to charles.baker@gsccca.org.

A sampling of the types of topics covered during the training is below:

Do you know the answers to these TRUE/FALSE quiz questions?

1. A notary public is licensed by the Secretary of State. FALSE-A Georgia notary public is not licensed. They are appointed and commissioned by the Clerk of Superior Court in the county where the notary resides.
2. A notary is permitted to notarize a signer’s signature if the notary verifies the signature by telephone with the signer. FALSE-A notary may never notarize a document when the signer is not physically present before the notary. There are no exceptions!
3. A notary may not certify a photocopy of a birth certificate or a deed. TRUE-Georgia law prohibits a notary from making a certified copy of any public record or publicly recordable document. Birth certificates and deeds are just two examples of documents in these categories.
4. If the document signer is blind, the notary should read the document to the signer prior to notarization. TRUE-The notary, as an impartial officer, should read the entire document to the signer who is blind before notarization. This recommendation is designed to protect the person with a sight disability by ensuring that the signer knows exactly what he/she is signing. However, the non-attorney notary may not explain the contents or effects of the document to the signer.
5. A notary public may be held personally liable for any financial loss caused by the notary’s failure to properly perform his/her official duties. TRUE-A notary has unlimited personal liability for any loss caused by official misconduct. The notary could be sued, which may result in a court judgment against the notary for the amount of the loss.

Hall County Clerk of Courts webpage
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