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A Notary Public is an official of integrity appointed by state government, typically by the secretary of state, to serve the public relative to a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. These official acts are called notarizations, or notarial acts.

 A Notary's duty is to screen the signers of important documents — such as property deeds, wills and mandates — for their true identity, their willingness to sign without duress or intimidation, and their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction. Some notarizations also require the Notary to put the signer under an oath, declaring under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct.

Located in Houma, LA South Coast Notary & Public Tag Agency is a locally owned and operated full service agency staffed with professionals. Our Notaries Public have with statewide jurisdiction and we offer mobile services by appointment to serve you.

Our services include but are not limited to the following:

Affidavits, Real Estate Sales, Deed of Trust or Mortgage, Divorce in Proper Person Paperwork,  Quitclaim and Warranty Deeds, Acknowledgements, Correction Agreements, Mandates (formerly Power of Attorney), Reverse Mortgages, Successions, Safety Deposit Box Verification, Vehicle VIN Verification and Transfer of Titles, Child Custody Agreements and Adoption Papers, Real Estate Closings/Signing, Title Replacement, Vehicle Registrations and Registration Renewals.

We offer On-site service by appointment only.  


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Using a Notary is convenient cost-effective and easy.  Notaries Public cannot give legal advice on any mattersAll parties to the transaction must be present and have proper identification. Proper identification may include driver's license bearing a photograph of the party as well as identification cards, United States passport or military identification.

 Wait to sign the document before the Notary.  You may need two witnesses to your signature depending on the document being notarized.  A party to a juridical act may not serve as a witness to the act.  The Notary Public before whom the juridical act is executed is may not act as a witness to the act. 


THINKING OF DIVORCE?

Did you know that Louisiana law allows you to file for divorce without the aid of an attorney?  Select the box below to learn more. 

 

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THINKING OF DIVORCE?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Notary Public the Judge nor the Clerk of Court’s office can give you legal advice. If you decide to represent yourself, the court will hold you to the same standard as people who are represented by lawyers.

It is up to you to become familiar with the applicable law and courtroom procedures should you decide to file for a divorce without a lawyer; however, we can help with the proper paperwork and notarizations.

Your spouse cannot stop you from getting a divorce by refusing to sign the documents. Under Louisiana law you can get a divorce if you prove you have grounds for a divorce.

The Louisiana Civil Code provides for two types of divorces for spouses in traditional, non-covenant marriages.

  • Article 102 provides for a no-fault divorce for marriages with or without minor children. No-fault divorces are for spouses who have not yet been living separate and apart for the required waiting period, which is either 180 or 365 days.

  • If there are no minor children, or if there is physical or sexual abuse, then the waiting period is 180 days or less. If there are minor children of the marriage, then the waiting period is 365 days.

  • Article 103 provides for a no-fault divorce for marriages with or without minor children. Article 103 no-fault divorces are for spouses who have already been living separate and apart for the required waiting period, which is either 180 or 365 days.

  • Article 103 also provides for two fault-based divorces for marriages with or without minor children. The two fault-based grounds for divorce under Article 103 are for where the other spouse has committed adultery or sentenced to death or imprisonment at hard labor for committing a felony. There is no waiting period for an Article 103 fault-based divorce.

The petition for divorce has to be filed in with the Clerk of Court's Office.  The Clerk of Court does not notarize documents. There is a fee to file a petition for divorce with the Clerk of Court's Office.

 

NEED ASSISTANCE WITH FILING FEES?

If you cannot afford the filing fee you may file an affidavit with the court to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP). Not only must you swear and prove to the court that you cannot afford to pay the filing fees, but you will also need a witness who knows you to swear to the court that you can’t afford to pay the filing fees.

This affidavit must be notarized.  We can help you with this.

The Louisiana Supreme Court provides an IFP affidavit for use in the district courts. If allowed to proceed IFP, you will not have to pay the filing fees in advance. The fees will be assessed by the judge at the end of the case though, and if you lose your case the court may assess the fees to you.

 

NOTE THAT AN APPROVED IFP APPLICATION DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO PAY THE FEES.

 

An approved IFP application means that your case can move forward before you pay the fees, but that you will still have to pay court fees at a later date.