I double check at the table 100% of the time. Even in doing the same packages there are times when someone jumps up from the table to answer the phone or check on a baby, etc. In that instance a signature goes missing. Initials can be pesky and even in working with the same Escrow company, some Lenders require them and some do not.
I only close out a signing from the driveway and don’t enjoy that either because I feel my signers want to think everything is taken care of and they can relax. Delaying in the driveway might cause them to worry and with some neighborhoods, not the safest thing to do.
I was recently at a signing where another notary was signing with a relative of my signer. She checked the documents and then cheerfully slid the docs into the UPS envelop and sealed it shut in front of the signer and ran off to her next signing. Some distrustful signers will ask you to let them ship the documents. I only allowed this once and was called on the carpet by the middleman scheduling company. I figured in a seller’s package my signer was either gung-ho to get the money or perhaps wanting to make absolutely sure that package got sent. She actually ran up to the car while I was closing out the assignment and asked me for the documents. Very awkward. Next time I will say that I am not allowed to surrender a signed set of documents to anyone without the Lender’s permission.
I think in the case of our notary, he was new and made the signers nervous. The borrower jumped in the car to make sure that packet went to FedEx and when it didn’t, grew alarmed.
It’s rare to have someone this nervous but sometimes you have so see the other person’s concern. We are no longer signing in Title offices, so there is some anxiety over the whole thing for some signers.