The role of a paralegal is to guide people through certain legal proceedings (immigration, child custody, divorce...) and prepare the documents. In this sense a paralegal is more qualified than a notary. In fact, in most states a notary cannot create a legal document. Your statements about leaving a simple class action suit to the paralegals comes off as disingenuous and self serving. This smacks of the SC BAR which does not allow a notary to notarize loans. Apparently they have the entire state hoodwinked that you need a law degree to 1) check ID, 2) review forms for empty entries, 3) show a signer where to sign, 4) sign, date and stamp a document. Ludicrous.
How is this different than notarizing a will, POA, Deed of Trust, Deeds, structured settlements, and other documents that need the eye of a notary? We do not create the documents nor do we question any choices the signer makes in a will or POA. We are forbidden from offering any advice or guidance. We simply Identify the signer and witness the signing. I assure you we are quite capable of this and probably for a much lower fee. I did a structured settlement for $11,000,000. I just saw that it was signed and dated in the right places, no brain cycles required.
As already mentioned we have E-O insurance so there is no need to plant fear and doubt in the minds of notaries.
Your 30 years of experience are of no relevance here as the docs are created by attorneys and the notary simply gets them signed. You do your job and we will do ours. I have done and will continue to do class action suits without hesitation. My only criteria is that the fee is commensurate with the task.