Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

Below is information relating to some of the common questions about Notary services. Click on one of the links below to jump to that section. In addition to Mobile Notary Services, we also offer Transcription and Proofreading.

What is Notarization?

Notarization is the process whereby a Notary Public certifies the signature of a document. The requestor presents a non-expired, valid identification, signs the document in the presence of the notary, and the Notary Public will then affix his/her signature on the notarial certificate, which is usually incorporated on the document itself.

Why are documents notarized?

To put it simply, the main purpose of a Notary Public is to acknowledge and certify that the person presenting a document for notarization is who they say they are.  The Notary further inquires as to whether the signers have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly.

What is a Notary Signing Agent?

A Notary Signing Agent is a Notary Public who notarizes loan closing documents.  A title company, escrow service or signing company may hire a Signing Agent to facilitate the borrower’s signatures and the notarization of the documents.  The Signing Agent then timely returns the documents to the title, escrow or signing company.

Do I need an appointment?

Scheduling an appointment assists with quality control, however, we do not always have the luxury of planning!  Emergency situations occur, and when that happens, please contact us to make arrangements for your notarial needs.

Why do I need to bring an unexpired proof of identity and proof of address?

One of a Notary’s fundamental duties is to properly identify his or her client with an unexpired form of identification.  This is a requirement of the State of Texas.

How much will it cost?

This will depend on the document being certified and exactly what the Notary is required to do. Our Notaries will be happy to discuss this with you prior to your appointment (please note it will often be necessary to see the document in advance in order to provide an accurate fee estimate).

Where do you provide your services?

We are able schedule an appointment at a mutually agreed location.  This can be your home or office, a restaurant, or even a nursing home or hospital.  We service Fort Bend County and surrounding areas.

What documents do you notarize?

Refining Your Words offers a full range of Notarial Services. We notarize documents such as deeds, powers of attorney, contracts, agreements and school permission forms.

Do you notarize on weekends?

Yes, by appointment.  If you require service outside of our normal business hours, please let us know and we will be happy to arrange a time to meet that is mutually agreeable for all parties.  Please know that the fees may increase, to be assessed on an individual basis.

Can I come to your location?

At this juncture, we do not have a physical location, as our service is strictly mobile.

What other services do you offer?

In addition to Mobile Notary Services we also offer Transcription and Proofreading services.  Please refer to our Home page for descriptions of each.

How much do you charge for your services?

Our fees vary based upon what service(s) you require, as well as your location and availability of our notaries/service providers in your area.  Please complete an online request, Email us at:, or call: (832) 856-2626 for a free estimate.

How soon can you get here?

In order to better serve you we request that all appointments be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. We will, however, make every attempt to fulfill “same-day,” “last minute” and “emergency” requests.

What area(s) do you cover?

We service Fort Bend County and surrounding areas.

What are your terms and policies?

At least 24 hours advanced notice is required whenever possible.

Advanced payment is required for same-day appointments.

No Cancellations/Refunds for same-day appointments.

Signings in remote areas and under extreme circumstances (rush jobs, long wait times, inclement weather, long distances, etc.) may result in additional fees.

Errors & Omissions caused by our notaries will be corrected free of charge.

Cancellations should be made via email or phone no later than 4 hours prior to the scheduled appointment.  This does not apply to same-day appointments.

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