A notary public is a person commissioned to serve the public as a neutral witness. A notary performs notarial acts that are allowed or required by law.
A notary is a verifier, an authenticator, an impartial agent for the state, a public recorder of acts, and an unbiased, official witness.
By Colorado law, the maximum fee allowed for a notarization is $5 per document and includes:
- Receiving evidence of the signer’s identity,
- Administering an oath or affirmation (if applicable), and
- Applying the signature, notarial certificate, and stamp of the notary to the document.
The maximum fee for an electronic notarization is $10.
Additional fees such as mileage, printing, faxing are not included in this fee and are not regulated by the state.
A notary’s duty is to be a neutral witness to the signing of documents. A notary makes sure that signers are who they say they are and have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly.
Notaries in Colorado can administer oaths and affirmations and certify copies. They can also take acknowledgements, depositions, witness signatures, affidavits, verifications, and other sworn testimony or statements. .
Service of process is the legal procedure to give notice to a person (commonly a defendant) of a court or administrative body against them. The legal documents served to them could be a summons, notice, petition, subpoena, or any other paperwork legally required to be copied and given to the other party in the case. This enables that person to respond to the proceeding before the court, body, or other tribunal. Although documents are often served to one or more individuals, corporations and governments also need to be served if they are being sued. There are many legal requirements involved with process of service and they vary by state.
Your subpoenas or other documents must be served by an uninterested party over the age of 18. Although it may seem as though handing someone papers is simple, many defendants can be difficult to locate, and even harder to serve. Even though a defendant can’t avoid being sued by evading service of process, people often try this tactic. Process servers are experienced with finding and legally serving evasive persons. Additionally, they know the laws in their area, and will make sure to serve the defendant in a legal manner, saving the time and money involved with having to restart the legal process.
Skip trace a service that is sometimes necessary to make process of service possible. For a number of reasons, it may be difficult to contact or find the individual to whom a summons, notice, or subpoena needs to be served. The evasive person may disappear or cannot be contacted through traditional means (phone or in person).