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NAT USA INC They are based out of PA and Delaware. They payment is fast. They send work via Snapdocs. I email over a nonpayment after 87 days. Wayne, the owner & the person in-charge of payroll called me & told me he payed me within 15 days and when the check was cashed. I was able to go back in email to that day and confirm the check was indeed cashed. I thanked me for calling me late in the evening on a saturday and spend some time walking me thru until i reconciled it. I wish there are more honest signing companies and owners like Wayne. Date of signing 11/23/16 , Date of Payment 12/19/16. Now that is fast >>> 
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02/18/2017  2:06:55 PM by: MrsKitty Jump to Last Post

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EMD Settlement Group Has anyone worked for EMD Settlement Group before?  
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Has anyone worked for EMD Settlement Group before?
I did a signing for them for the first time about 2 weeks ago. I am still waiting for payment. I had to invoice them by email. I would like to get a mailing address for them if anyone knows it. Thanks in advance.  jmschultze
This used to be Blackburn Settlements and from my research have changed business names a lot, seems kind of sketchy They just called me for a job and I'm not sure if I want to take it.   Jeff701
She does have a so so reputation. She called me for a signing for 7/7/2016 and I accepted and then did my research. I decided to go ahead with the signing, although I was hesitant. As it turned out, I received payment 8/5/2016. The assignment was a single page notarization, not a full refinance, and I felt if I didn't receive payment, I knew who to contact to follow up on collections. Also check out NotaryRotary for information on her.  Doris_CO
I did a signing for EMD Settlement in in May and received my payment within 30 days.
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She does have a so so reputation. She called me for a signing for 7/7/2016 and I accepted and then did my research. I decided to go ahead with the signing, although I was hesitant. As it turned out, I received payment 8/5/2016. The assignment was a single page notarization, not a full refinance, and I felt if I didn't receive payment, I knew who to contact to follow up on collections. Also check out NotaryRotary for information on her.
  28205bj
I have accepted an assignment from EMD, they were good and paid within 30 days.
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I did a signing for EMD Settlement in in May and received my payment within 30 days.
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She does have a so so reputation. She called me for a signing for 7/7/2016 and I accepted and then did my research. I decided to go ahead with the signing, although I was hesitant. As it turned out, I received payment 8/5/2016. The assignment was a single page notarization, not a full refinance, and I felt if I didn't receive payment, I knew who to contact to follow up on collections. Also check out NotaryRotary for information on her.

SMM  35992
Beth Blackburn Davis (EMD Settlement) is one of my favorite vendors. I have done at least 2 dozen signings for her in the past year. She is awesome and always pays quickly (before I can invoice). I look forward to working with Beth in the future. I especially like that I can always reach Beth by text and that she returns phone messages and emails really fast. She is super knowledgeable and is always able to solve problems that occur at signings. Debra LeFew  MrsKitty
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02/16/2017  3:03:01 PM by: Carla Jump to Last Post

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Optima Lending Service Has anyone worked for Optima Lending Service?  
I accepted 1 assignment in 2016, the accepted my fee and paid within 30 days. Received loan documents in timely manner.
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Great company to work for. Little slow on payment but it came within 45 days. They are a GO  Carla
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First American Title This company is the most difficult to work with and unfortunately they are one of the biggest. Their system is always going down. They said we would get text messages and stop those calls asking us to go 80 miles for $75.00 or $35 if it's a loan mod and it isn't running and Cricket Wireless isn't on the list? They put so many restrictions on the notary and then when you call either at the table or for a question yourself..they NEVER call you back. They just can't get it together. 
Cricket is the knock off of AT&T. Or at least run using their network just like Virgin Mobile & Boost Mobile with Sprint. Page plus cellular with Verizon or MetroPCS with T-Mobile. So if you have a knock off carrier brand that does not show up you should be able to pick the brand name. If they are using email to SMS that's a different story. Jose Lopez  JoseLopez
Thanks for your reply Jose: They finally got the "gateway" to Cricket Wireless took all of 2 darn months and I lost a lot of business. Only this is the password for the website does not open the password on my phone for them and so I'm still not getting any work. Just unbelievable that this major company is so behind the 8 ball in everything technologically speaking. Even their text messaging for the orders is so complicated that I'll have to pull over just to get in (whenever that is} I left so many unreturned messages and emails. Poor notary service. They are labor intensive in every one of their notary procedures so unlike Quicken and other lenders...ya just click and your in...not FASS ..just ridiculous.  Carla
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02/16/2017  12:58:59 PM by: woodlandelf Jump to Last Post

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Notary Go I read that Nations Direct is now Notary Go. But, why did they change their name? Notary go is a cooler name -- I must admit.  
Nations Direct had such a bad reputation -- no wonder they are attempting to re-brand as Notary Go! I've had a few calls from Notary Go, but their fees are STILL so ridiculously low that no work has come of it. Vicki Kluever Palmer, Alaska   AKnotary
Low fees and mirco-managing. EGW  egw91145
Just got off the phone with Notary Direct. They are NOT Notary Go. EGW  egw91145
They are now using an app and only paying $60. Seriously? That's ridiculously low. I will never work for a company paying that little. They are taking the lion's share of the money. I guess they don't want to work with professional notaries.  woodlandelf
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Driscoll Firm or Driscoll Law firm They say they are law firm, based out of missouri. They heavily advertise on TV, snag clients who have had issues related to medicine. Has anyone had experience with this company about a signing for medical related claims. Usually they are few pages and pays around 75 to $100, but the ripoff report says they don't pay notaries. I demanded payment upfront to do that signing, and didn't hear from them. Are they trustworthy? 
I have had 2 or 3 easy signings from Driscoll Law Firm. They pay fairly and in about 45 days. Jay Schankman www.ohionotarial.com 740 804 1643  ohionotarial
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Apex Closings Eric Loveless at Apex was great paid me in 12 days after closing met my fee no complaining and nickel and dimming. I will take all the work Apex can throw my way. Thank you Apex for being a great signing company. Edward Fadden Orlando Notary Covering all of Central Florida, Orange-Lake-Seminole-Osceola and Volusia Counties. 407-619-7777 orlandonotary@hotmail.com 
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02/17/2017  06:15:33 AM by: LindaH Jump to Last Post

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Signing Wiz, LLC I have done several closing for Signing Wiz, LLC in Washington, PA. John Kulik is great to work with and is always available if you have a question. Pay is good and on time. 
I have done numerous jobs for Signing Wiz and John is FANTASTIC to work for and with! I love my Signing Wiz!!! Thanks John! Veta O. Wholey  Lvnlavita
Still working with john at Signing Wiz and still very satisfied! Thank you John and I look forward to hearing from you soon!   ALNOTARY
I have been doing signings for John for a couple of months now. The communication is great, the docs are on time, the instructions are clear. My fees have been paid on time and without a single call for their status. Bravo Signing Wiz!! Barry Glassgold  bgmarket
I have had an open invoice with Signing Wiz, LLC since November 4. They no longer answer my emails or return calls. Aaron O'Leary was very nice to work with, but that doesn't pay my bills! [:(] Monica Johnston  103707
I have an outstanding invoice from January and John promised my check would go out last Tuesday, no check as of today. I told him if i didn't have the check by yesterday, I would call the title company involved in the transaction to let them know Signing Wiz does not pay it's notary's. I will never do work for them again.  Lala
I have two signings with the "WIZ" one is 50 days out, the other is 26 days out. Their answer to my first request for payment was you should receive a check in the next 5-7 Business days, maybe earlier. Hopefully they will pay both at the same time!  Retiredkop
Signing Wiz has joined the list of deadbeat signing companies. I will never work for them again! I have five outstanding invoices from June thru October 2016 and mostly seller side so the fee is low and payment is general quick to the signing company. I will be calling the signing companies today and everyday until I get paid or they are out of business.   Phyllis John
I have been waiting to be paid for a closing done in October - John is 75 days late in paying. He is not answering my calls. A lot has changed in the last 5 years. I will be notifying the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office and the Pennsylvania Secretary of State - we need to put this man out of business Ray Cox  Abbondanza
I am doing a purchase closing for these guys today. $125... Thanks I read this. I am going to make sure I GET PAID AS SOON AS ESCROW SETTLES & FUNDS ARE DISBURSED. Please read up on my posting on HOW TO GET PAID FAST, especially when doing business with new or shady signing services. I have also posted ALSO on NotaryCafe. I do a One Page insert in the loan packet, the contents of which serve as warning and obligation to PAY NOTARY ASAP.. NOT 15 DAY, NOT 30 DAYS, DEFINITELY NOT 45 DAYS. I Will update once i get paid and how fast I do   Notary_Narayan
Good luck - unless you're named on the CD (NJ being a table funding state) you'll get paid when they decide to pay you - IF they do. Their ratings on other sites are not good - in fact 1 out of 5 stars for the past 6 months. Reviews both here and elsewhere show slow to no pay. Good luck. More careful vetting of who you work for would be far more advantageous in the long run, IMO. I hope you do get paid. As for your insert, I won't chew that over again - you know from other boards how I and others feel about that concept. Linda http://www.columbiacountynotary.webs.com  LindaH
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cfacts This used to be one of my favorite companies to work for but I've sent my invoice several times from November 2016 closings with no response. Does anybody know what is going on with them? Jennifer Cotsmire Notary Signing Agent 
It's been reported they were sold and they are out of business. Linda http://www.columbiacountynotary.webs.com  LindaH
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02/14/2017  02:04:13 AM by: ohionotarial Jump to Last Post

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BNN Services Has anyone worked for this company recently? Bilingual notary network, LLC Bi-Lingual Notary Network, LLC. 3010 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1200 Dallas, TX 75234 Please also visit http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3772 which is another post about this company  
I was doing quite a bit of work with them until June and they where always professional and paid in a timely manner I would do business with them anytime. Sound like this may be a completely different company than the one I am familiar with. I wish all the scheduling companies where as reliable Robert F Smyth Performance mobile signing service  bsracingperforms
I too have done a fair number of signings for Bilingual and have had nothing but positive experiences with them. Most importantly, they've always paid on time.  BryanLawFirm
Waiting on a payment from February, they claim that in March it was mailed out to my address but MI instead of WI for the state, an honest mistake and then they said it would be mailed out again on the 15th with the next month of checks, a little irritated that I have to wait an additional month due to their mistake but now it is the 25th and I haven't received payment yet so now I'm concerned will see what response I get, if I get paid by the end of the month and it was just an honest mixup with the mailing address last month no hard feelings but waiting 2.5 months for payment is at the very least irritating.  ChuckSchilling
I promised I would follow up. Closing happened on 2/14/2014 Payment terms per the confirmation were to be mailed 3/15, was told this check was sent to my address but MI for the state instead of WI. Was told a reissue would go out with next month's check on 4/15 Was told on 4/22 that the check went out on 4/15. Was told on 4/27 that the check actually was sent out Saturday 4/21. Received a check on 4/30 that was actually issued on 4/25 Not thrilled with the misinformation but at least I got paid.  ChuckSchilling
I performed a signing for this company on 5/4/15 for a fee of $90.00. Since I have not been contacted to the contrary I assume it was completed accurately. Since that time I have tried 4 times by email and phone to contact someone since it is now August and I am waiting for payment. I am not impressed with the fact that not a single contact I have made was acknowledged. I would not recommend them to anyone. [V][xx(]  karmw1
It has been 113 days and I have had every excuse, I still have not been paid. They are rude, refuse to send payment. I've contacted the lender. 113 days is too damn long and no payment in sight. Joannie  joannieh
I recently worked for them and was paid within 30 days. Never had to call for pay.  17408
Easy signing just outside of my normal coverage area. They met my fee and paid in two weeks. I would gladly accept more from BNN Services. I did get a chuckle out of comment about no one telling the Notary that he needed to submit a w-9. Jay Schankman www.ohionotarial.com 740 804 1643  ohionotarial
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Originally posted by ohionotarialI did get a chuckle out of comment about no one telling the Notary that he needed to submit a w-9.
I fail to see what's so funny. Did you even check the year I posted that? At the time many smaller companies weren't requiring W-9's until you did regular work for them. Just like they wouldn't provide you with a 1099-Misc until it was over a certain amount. If the company intended to use your services that ONE time (usually because their regular guy was not available) they often didn't bother to go through the trouble. BNN didn't call me with the intention to start a regular working relationship, they called me to bail them out on a signing at the very last minute that they apparently couldn't find anyone else willing to do for them. If the W-9 was necessary they should had requested it with whatever other required paperwork (background checks, signed contract/agreements) before the signing like a professional company would do. I've been an employee for Title Companies that did the same thing when they can't find an available notary on their prefer lists. They'll hire off list and will only require a copy of their invoice for as they'll have the buyer/seller paid the notary directly. That's how they spare themselves the extra paperwork. So I ask you again, what made you chuckle? Was it BNN's brown on your nose? Because I know that's what's making me chuckle right now. - Tyler Soares - Notary Public & Loan Signing Agent   TGS1985
What made me chuckle is the fact that you blame a signing agency for not putting your interests first. It is your responsibility to learn what needs to be done to consider each signing to complete successfully, up and beyond the point of getting paid. It is your business, your responsibility.
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Originally posted by ohionotarialI did get a chuckle out of comment about no one telling the Notary that he needed to submit a w-9.
I fail to see what's so funny. So I ask you again, what made you chuckle? Was it BNN's brown on your nose? Because I know that's what's making me chuckle right now. - Tyler Soares - Notary Public & Loan Signing Agent
Jay Schankman www.ohionotarial.com 740 804 1643  ohionotarial
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02/15/2017  04:44:22 AM by: KanDoNotary Jump to Last Post

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Tips for your signing agent listing Since you are paying a fixed cost for your listing, it makes sense to make the most out of it. http://www.123notary.com/signing-agents-listing-tips.htm has many very helpful tips on how you can get the most out of your listing. Most of the methods are free and easy to implement. Happy reading. 
Jeremy I agree with most of what you have said. The part I don't agree with is your stating that you have a 17% better chance of being hired if you use a "company name" instead of your own personal name. When I started in 2002 most loan signers used a company name and they are the names at the top of listing(s) and were bright enough to renew their top listing every year as I do in Riverside CA. I think the best way to have companies remember a loan signer is using our own name plus the city we are located in. I can't change my name to Joan Bergstrom Mobile Notary Riverside CA in your directory; what am I doing wrong? Please email or answer on this board. Thanks Joan Joan Bergstrom 24/7 To Riverside & San Bernardino Counties. State Notary exam teacher for www.notaryclasses.com www.joanbergstromnotarypublic.com joan.bergstrom@yahoo.com Cell: 951-522-4919   joanbergst
When I researched who was getting more visits, those with company names were getting more. I think that for name recognition, my guess is that a company name with a hyphen and then a personal name makes the most sense. ABC notary - Fred Seems to be a good idea. It has not been tried on any large scale so I am guessing here. You get the professional image of a company name, and the name recognition of having your personal name which people have gotten to know over the years if you are a seasoned notary. I am the only one who can change company names for security reasons. I had a problem in 2006 with notaries putting astericks and all capital letters, such as "***call FRED***", so I had to stop this nonsense and control what was written. Anyone can request that I put a company name on their profile and I'll do it generally within 24 hours.   jbelmont
I think you get hired more often if you do the job right the first time every time. I think your reputation follows you and you will be a sought after notary.   claudia
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I think you get hired more often if you do the job right the first time every time. I think your reputation follows you and you will be a sought after notary.
Absolutely! Let me add a timeliness component to this. If you always do the job as you told them, at the price quoted them, properly, pleasantly, and promptly you will always get repeat business. Reliability is very important to repeat customers. Melissa Melissa [url="http://www.melissasmobilenotary.com"]San Diego Mobile Notary[/url]  mgadler
IMHO, the best way to secure clients is to keep your word, be professional, dress well and give your best the first time (and every time thereafter). However, first impressions mean everything. This means from the first call of a particular job to the finish of that job you need to give it 100%. Believe me they remember these things. Advertising is a must. I think you need to have a well written profile with great notes and it is a necessity to have a website!. It looks professional. Also Certification is key. The whole idea is to stand out from the crowd. This is VERY competitive business. So if you are really serious about this profession you have to do whatever you have to to stand out from the crowd. I dont think it is not necessary for you to have a business name. This is a very personable 'one on one' type business we are in. They make a better connection with you as a individual not as a company in my opinion. I am not saying that you should not have one but I feel the connection is stronger by keeping with a personal name. Carmen  crtowles
Completely agree with Carmen. I now have three "company names" due to circumstances of having acquired some of these businesses from others. Each company name has its own identity but my clients know ME as the face of the business. While I absolutely see that company names are not important to your one-on-one clients, the time when they become relevant is in generating that first call. I know that surnames can be avoided when selecting a notary. I run into a lot of issues when people are looking for a female notary and find out "Shannon" is a man. For whatever reason they find me, it's my job to do the things Carmen mentions in order to keep them. Be professional. Be on-time. Be prepared. A+ Mobile Notary "A Quick Note" www.aquicknote.net "Like" us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Quick-Note-Mobile-Notary-and-Document-Delivery-Service/103492949715483?v=wall  Shannon
I totally agree with you Shannon. If you want to become a successful person in life then it is very important to have a professional attitude with your employees.  johnysam
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IMHO, the best way to secure clients is to keep your word, be professional, dress well and give your best the first time (and every time thereafter). However, first impressions mean everything. This means from the first call of a particular job to the finish of that job you need to give it 100%. Believe me they remember these things.
Even though the comment was made in 2012, five years later nothing has changed with the need to be professional. Have Seal, Kan Travel! When you need a document notarized, I cover all of NE Oklahoma from I-35 to I-40 to the state borders. Call: 918-798-8908.  KanDoNotary
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Apex Closings Great company to work for paid me in 12 days after closing met my full fee. Eric was great, man if his word did what he said and that's rare in this industry. I will take all the work they can throw my way for sure. Edward Fadden Orlando Notary Covering all of Central Florida, Orange-Lake-Seminole-Osceola and Volusia Counties. 407-619-7777 orlandonotary@hotmail.com 
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--- ATTENTION TEXAS NOTARIES --- In case you haven't heard, there is a movement "afoot" to raise authorized fees from $6 per notarization to $10. Please visit the link below, and please help us get our voice heard!! https://rowens9.wixsite.com/texasnotarieshelp Robert Owens 

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