There’s a licensed Notary Public at Ideal Choice Insurance in Imperial Beach who will notarize Declaration of Domestic Partnership forms – also known as a ‘Domestic Partnership Agreement or DPA’ – in his office – free of charge!
As this article from Diversity, Inc. points out, “The inability of domestic partners to marry in many states also means there is often no prescribed blueprint for handling disputes or dissolution of a relationship. A legally recognized DPA can save time, energy and resources in the event of a partnership’s dissolution. It may also provide a guide to a judge who may not be sympathetic to either partner.”
The notary, whose also an activist for social equality, believes that; “While the local LGBTQ community is forced to settle for a Domestic Partnership Agreement – rather than a marriage license – the document should be provided free of charge. It’s an issue of human rights – and love – and to that end I have the ability to directly effect change.”
In his third article of a continuing series, David Helverson, Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor and Vice President – Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors writes; “A DPA is a legal contract and not a do-it-yourself project. Appropriate legal counsel should be employed to draft the document. For a DPA to be considered fair and durable, both parties must enter into the agreement voluntarily, both parties must disclose all pertinent information, and both parties must have the opportunity to have the document examined and explained to them by independent counsel. There can be numerous instances where one partner can have a significant conflict of interest due to differences in wealth, income or legal claims to children. As with other legal documents like wills and trusts, the partners’ legal counsel should verify the number of attestations by witnesses and if the document needs to be notarized to promote enforceability. It is important to discuss with your attorney the enforceability of the agreement in your state or a state where you might relocate, as your location may affect its recognition.” – more
Of course, the notary will notarize other documents too, however those will be changed at $10 per signature. “An activist has to make money too!” the Notary was heard to have said… on his way to another loan closing, refinance signing or some other required notarization.
Mobile Notary Service also available – rates subject to time and distance – contact us for more information.