A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that grants someone else the authority to act on your behalf. This can include making financial or legal decisions, signing contracts, and managing your affairs. In Washington State, it is crucial to notarize your POA to ensure its validity and enforceability.

Notarizing a POA involves having a notary public witness the signing of the document and verify the identities of all parties involved. The notary will then affix their official seal or stamp to the document, certifying that it was signed in their presence and that all parties were identified properly.

In Washington State, there are two options for notarizing your POA: remote and in-person notary services.

Remote Notary Services

Remote notary services allow you to notarize your POA without leaving the comfort of your own home. With the rise of technology, remote notary services have become increasingly popular in recent years. They provide a convenient option for those who are unable to physically visit a notary public.

Remote notary services require the use of a webcam, microphone, and secure online platform. The notary public will witness the signing of the document over a video call and verify the identities of all parties involved. Once the notarization is complete, the notary will affix their official seal or stamp to the document and provide a digital copy for your records.

In-Person Notary Services

In-person notary services involve physically meeting with a notary public to have your POA notarized. This option is suitable for those who prefer a more traditional approach to notarization or who have documents that cannot be notarized remotely.

To find an in-person notary public, you can visit your local bank, law firm, or notary public office, like us. It is important to call ahead and ensure that the notary public is available to notarize your POA and that they have the necessary equipment and supplies to do so.

Choosing the Right Option for You

When deciding between remote and in-person notary services, there are several factors to consider. These include your location, availability, document type, and personal preferences.

If you live in a remote area or have mobility issues, remote notary services may be the best option for you. They offer the convenience of notarizing your POA from anywhere, without having to travel long distances.

On the other hand, if you have complex legal documents or prefer to have a face-to-face interaction with a notary public, in-person notary services may be the way to go.

It is important to note that not all documents can be notarized remotely. Certain legal documents, such as real estate transactions, require in-person notarization. Be sure to check with your notary public (us) to determine the best option for your specific needs.

In conclusion, notarizing your POA is a crucial step in ensuring its validity and enforceability. Whether you choose remote or in-person notary services, be sure to work with a trusted and experienced notary public to ensure the proper notarization of your documents.

More Notary information can be found here:

Washington State DOL Notary resources

National Notary Association