-Matthew the Notary-Matthew's Mobile Notary


Serving the Salt Lake Area




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What is a Notary?

A notary public is a commissioned public officer who serves as an impartial witness to the signing of documents. It is their job to verify the identity of the signers, ensure that the signers understands what was signed, and that the signers willingly signed the documents. A notary can also administer oaths and affirmations. Utah law permits notaries to perform the following acts:


-Copy Certifications (with some limitations)

-Jurats (affidavits)

-Oaths or affirmations


What is the difference between a jurat and an acknowledgment, and how do I know which my document needs?

A jurat is either an oath or affirmation. The signer swears that the contents of the document are true.

In an acknowledgment, the signer declares that he is signing the document willingly.

If the document has notary language that includes "sworn" or "affirmed" it is likely a jurat. If there is any doubt, an attorney should be consulted. Remember that a notary is not an attorney and cannot decide or advise you on which to pick. However, it is acceptable for a notary to explain the differences so that you can make a decision.

The following document prepared by the American Society of Notaries is a helpful guide to explain these notarial actions.

ASN Explaination of Oatsh and Acknowledgments

Can a Notary Prepare Documents for Me?

A notary is not an attorney and is unable to provide legal advice or assistance in preparing documents. However, a notary is required to review documents being notarized to ensure that they are completely filled out and to ensure that the signer knows the general nature of the documents being signed.

What is a Mobile Notary?

A mobile notary is a commissioned notary public who, instead of maintaining a "brick and mortar" office, travels to the clients. This is often beneficial because meetings can be scheduled at your convenience. I am available to meet you on weekday evenings, Saturdays, and holidays.


What is your Experience?

I have served in the U.S. Army for 10 years as a human resource sergeant and a paralegal. Both positions required me to become familiar with forms and documents that required an attention to detail. As an army paralegal, I was a military notary and was able to perform notarizations for service members. I have decided to apply for a civilian notary commission to continue that kind of work.


What are your Fees?

I charge the statutory fee ($5.00 per signature) for the notarization. I also charge a travel fee to cover my time and expenses getting to and from the appointment. The travel fee is based on the federal mileage rate, and is separate from the notarial fee. It is neither specified nor mandated by law. Before traveling to meet with you, I will give you a firm quote on the travel fee, so there will be no surprises.


How do I Schedule an Appointment?

Follow this link to access the form to request an appointment, and I will contact you as soon as possible.

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Matthew B. Baugh (210) 380-4758 notary@baughweb.net FB_FindUsOnFacebook-100

Member of the American Society of Notaries