Well said Ashton, you raise some valid issues. Speaking for myself, I would like to see the day when we can notarize remotely AND securely with acceptance throughout the all jurisdictions. This is certainly the future but it will be a long hard grind akin to the game changing company Uber, one obstacle at a time.
Of course when this does come to fruition it will have an impact on American notaries similar to what globalization did for the world markets. Any notary in any state will be able to notarize most, if not all, documents. There will not be a demand or need to engage a notary from any particular state.
In either case I can only hope that NSA's will become organized and led by an assertive organization that will address fee structures and enforce them. To those who do not think this is likely or possible I defer to the real estate industry...try and sell your home with a full service realtor for less than 6%! Realtor's have established this fee and protected it like their first born for many decades. Further, it is ironic that the realtor's fee is dependent on the notary. Without a notary, either in-house or an NSA, the closing cannot take place. No closing, no realtor fee. Somehow the notary industry is blind to it's own importance in the real estate transaction and we continue to plod along.
New world commerce norms dictate new business models. Our current model of a very loosely affiliated group without structure and the ability to negotiate through the strength of numbers is failing the NSA industry. We are prey to the fees
and whims of the signing companies. While I respect the NNA, I feel they are conservative and not moving us to a position of a united front. Perhaps we should be in contact with leaders of real estate industry? Can they do for us what they have done for the real estate agent?