Notary Home Study Course


Some common documents requiring notarization

There are hundreds if not thousands of different forms to be notarized which would be impractical for us to attempt a complete listing; however, a few of the most common are listed below for your review.

  • Grant Deeds Grant Deeds are used to transfer property from the Grantor(s) to the Grantee(s).
  • Quitclaim Deeds Quitclaim Deeds are a type of Grand Deed. This document also transfers property.
  • Affidavit of Death of Joint Tenant or Trustees If property is being vested (held) in joint tenancy or in a trust, and one of the joint tenants or trustees dies, California allows someone to file an Affidavit of Death or Joint Tenant or Trustee which essentially removes the person from the property.
  • Power of Attorney A Power of Attorney grants permission for someone to legally sign documents for someone else.

  • Note A Note is essentially a promise to pay back a loan.  The borrower signs the note in agreement with a lender who will place certain conditions and limitations on the disposition of the note. Typical maturation terms for notes regarding property are 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and 30 years.  
  • Deed of Trust, Security Agreement or Mortgage Agreement These documents are used to encumber by agreement the borrower by placing the property into collateral until the note or promise to pay is completely satisfied.

  • Deed of Reconveyance Once the borrower has satisfied the note (paid off the amount owed through re-finance, sales or complete satisfaction), a Deed of Reconveyance is issued indicating that the property is no longer held in collateral.

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