Random question, my boss wants me to become a notary so I can handle notarizing all of the official documents myself. Has anyone else been asked to do this for their employer? Is it ethical?

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I see no issue with it, as long as the notary laws are followed.

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Yes but ask your company to pay for the course and the associated expenses etc

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That’s what a notary does. Many companies have notaries working for them!

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Yes, I'm a notary for my company.

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I agree with the person from Plante Moran. I see no issue with it, as long as the notary laws are followed.

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Most large employers have employees who are notaries. Nothing particularly unusual unless they are asking to not follow the notary process.

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There is nothing unethical about it…it’s just kind of a pain in the ass when everyone knows you’re a notary because they come to you for everything, regardless of whether it’s work related 🤷🏼‍♂️

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I was a notary for a while. A few things — in my state there was a maximum you could charge, and at the time it was very low, so it wasn’t a money-making proposition for me. I did it because it was convenient for work. My state has since removed those maximums but be aware it varies by state.

You WILL eventually get people who ask you to notarize things for other people. As in my boss’s boss’s boss coming up to me with: “my wife signed this, please notarize it.”

Be prepared to tell them you can’t and you’re sorry, and you’re sure they didn’t realize that it’s actually breaking the law. Don’t EVER make exceptions. Ever.

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Typically, a notary is only attesting that you verified the identity of the person who signed the documents in front of you (either because you know them or verified their ID). You are not attesting to the validity/information of the document itself. It’s very common for companies to have some employees on staff be notaries.

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If a firm wants someone to be a CPA so they can sign client returns, would that seem to be an issue? If not, don't see why this would be an issue.

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Yes. I’m a notary for work.

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That’s a purpose of a notary

Yes. They should pay for it all too

We always had some of our administrative assistants become notaries. I think that fits better with their role than asking an associate or a senior. If you have return processing teams it would be a good fit for them as well, but I may be dating myself.

Just to be clear, does OP mean LITERALLY notarizing yourself? Because that’s illegal lol

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