The answer is: Well, it all depends . . . Clearly delineate and confirm expectations and the services to be provided.
Regarding additional folks present at the signing table, during the current pandemic restriction timeline, there are only signers at the signing table. A few years ago, there might be an instance or two wherein the realtor wanted to sit-in on the signing. I’d let them know that it was very important for the signers to focus on the task at-hand to ensure the documents were properly executed. Also, phones needed to be in silent mode & that conversations were to be kept to a minimum and only if needed to clarify something within the documents. The realtor would honor the request and simply observe.
My personal experience => When I’ve provided certified notary signing agent services directly to title companies for in-office work (for a few hours, for a full day, and for multiple contiguous days) it mirrored the mobile certified notary signing agent process I regularly perform.
Truly, it is an honor to be chosen to perform these services with each and every member of the title company team at each local title company for whom I perform these services.
The services I provide are identical in form and substance (excluding printing 2 sets of documents, no travel between signing engagements, and no waiting in line at the shipper location to handoff the doc package & obtain the receipt).
- A dedicated conference room was provided for me to utilize while working with the signers
- Title company printed 2 sets of documents.
- For the first in-office signing I would perform for them, they’d sit in for a few minutes, but then leave once they confirmed everything was on track & progressing.
- Besides the title company printing 2 sets of documents, they provided the pens, made copies of the signers’ IDs for the doc package, and they’d very often provide lunch (if working for several hours).
- Paid in full within a few days.