FYI: To all Notary Cafe Members regarding obtaining a receipt at the time of package handoff to the Shipper; i.e., FedEx, UPS, etc. =>
Obtaining a RECEIPT at the time of handoff is certainly NOT in any way for the benefit of the client . . .
The client usually NEVER mentions obtaining a receipt, except in rare instances with lowball Signing Services [SSs].
Of course, if it’s not for the benefit of your client, one might ask: “Why take the time, gas, effort, etc. to obtain a receipt at handoff?”
= = = = = = > For one very SIMPLE reason: It’s your PROOF that you definitively handed off the package to an employee at the appropriate shipper!
It’s to protect you & your professional reputation. It also gives you peace of mind that it’ll be on the plane & the client can immediately track it’s location. That’s a small price to pay for knowing that you’ve managed the entire Signing Engagement from Start-to-Finish in a professional & efficient manner.
Next question: “Why would one need PROOF that they definitively handed off a package to an employee at the appropriate shipper?”
Because if it “goes missing,” then the backstop tracks directly to the SHIPPER (not you)! Thus, the following doesn’t come into play:
- Blaming you for not handing the package off.
- You providing your professional services for FREE to replace the package that “went missing.”
- Charging you the shipment fee for the REPLACEMENT package you’ll send to your client, which will be DEDUCTED from your fee.
- Probable erasure from the client’s Preferred List of Professional Signing Agents [PSAs].
IMPORTANT TANGENTIAL NOTE: There are some handoff locations that are identified as “Authorized Shipper.” Please DON’T be fooled by those signs . . .
- They aren’t able to SCAN in the tracking data.
- They won’t provide you with a receipt.
- They won’t guarantee the safety & security of your package.