When you’re buying a home, generally you show up at the closing and sign the documents in person. That’s the way we generally plan for it to go.
Sometimes people themselves in a jam, so to speak. You may be buying or selling a home and find yourself out of town, in the hospital, sick in bed, or otherwise unable to attend the closing. Luckily, this doesn’t have to ruin your plans. You can use the services of a Notary Public to make the transaction go smoothly.
How a Notary Can Save the Day
With the help of a Public Notary, you can assign Power of Attorney to a representative who can be present at the closing for you. This makes mobile notaries especially useful, because obviously you’re unable to go some places. You can sign the documents from a hospital bed, a hotel room, or anywhere needed.
A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows someone to act on your behalf. This is a great option if you have someone you trust to do exactly what you ask or to make great decisions in your absence. It’s unlikely that anything will come up at a real estate closing that requires decision making. If there are choices to be made, you’ll want to trust the person you’ve appointed with Power of Attorney. You can give specific abilities to represent you (like in a house sale, but not to alter your will) and a specific time limit to this power. You’ll need to assign power of attorney in front of a Notary Public in advance.
Before Calling the Notary
To make the process smooth, have your Power of Attorney paperwork in order before your scheduled appointment with the notary. You’ll also need proper identification, which can be a US Driver’s Licence, State ID, or Passport. You won’t need to show the notary real estate documents having to do with your transaction, because your assigned representative will be handling that at closing.