Osmosis

Everyone learns differently. Some people are visual learners, others learn better by listening while others learn better in combination of different methods. In some cases people learn best just by being exposed to the thing they want to learn about; this is called osmosis. For example, a girl who is dating a notary learned much about the art of notarization just by going along to signings with her notary boyfriend.

While talking with her boss one day, the girl mentioned about the last signing they did. It was a signing where the client couldn’t sign their signature so a signature by mark procedures comes into play. According to the NNA (National Notary Association), a signature by mark is defined as, “When you make your journal entry for a signature by mark, the signer must make his or her mark in the column where the signer normally would write his or her signature. One person must witness the signer make his or her mark in the journal. That witness must print the signer’s name next to the mark and must sign his or her own name in the journal as a witness to the mark. The witness to the mark in the journal may be one of the witnesses to the mark on the document, or you (the Notary) can do it. Unless one of the witnesses to the mark on the document also serves as the witness to the mark in the journal, you are not required to record the names or signatures of the two witnesses in your journal (2012 California Notary Public Handbook). The NNA recommends, however, that you record at least the names of the two witnesses in your journal, because this information could prove useful if there were ever a question about the transaction.” The boss was very impressed because he had never heard of signature by mark before. The girl’s boss then went on to ask her what other kind of documents she had run across as a notary. The girl said that she wasn’t a notary, just that she dated one.

It’s funny how one can learn different things. Just by being surrounded and by interacting with her boyfriend this girl was able to learn much about being a notary. I’m sure this girl could have passed her notary exam with flying colors and she didn’t even need to attend the 6 hour long seminar and course.

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