Like many other attorneys I know, I became a notary public purely as a convenience to my clients (and myself) to aid in the execution of such documents as wills, copyright assignments, Marital Dissolution Agreements, etc. I was never very formal in my notary recordkeeping for the specific reason that I have never notarized a document where I did not know the person executing that document personally. That has all changed. The Tennessee Legislature recently passed an amendment to the notary public statute which reads:
Notaries public are entitled to demand and receive reasonable fees and compensation for the notary public's services. The notaries public shall keep a record in a well-bound book of each of the notaries public's acts, attestations, protestations, and other instruments of publications.