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Woodburn resident bemoans lack of public notary service in northern Marion County

This week I read an interesting article in the Woodburn Independent newspaper. It was titled "a helping hand for businesses" subtitled, as a new "business resource center." 

 

Understanding that our Woodburn community is growing by leaps/bounds, I found that a resource center as described in the article could certainly be an asset to the residents here in Woodburn. 

 

As recent as May of this year, I suffered two heart attacks, back-to-back, died and was revived in the ambulance.  Due to my own writing of a will and testament earlier, I had to make sure that I took my will to my Wells Fargo bank to get it notarized. Low and behold, they said that they no longer provided the service of a notary public and sent my caregiver and I on our way.

 

After returning home and seeking information through the telephone book, cell phone searches and calling friends and family to gather information to where we could find a notary, we came up empty handed. These are only some of the places we searched to gather information: lawyers offices, other banks, Chamber of Commerce, disability/aging services, Woodburn Police Department, disability 

resource office, public library.  The only notary we found was a mobile notary that charged $10 for signing off on the will and $30 for transportation to one's home to sign off.

 

None of these resources could even give us a referral to a notary public here in Woodburn. There was a notary listed in Salem, however it was another mobile notary that charged $60 for travel expenses.

 

I am not able at this time to drive my car to Salem, nor does my caregiver's agency provide her paid mileage for travel expenses outside of Woodburn for such errands. After the many contacts myself, my caregiver, family members and my friends made, to no avail, frustration had certainly took its toll!

 

Again, I think our community could benefit greatly by providing Woodburn with this new business resource agency. I would think that one of the resources listed could, indeed, be information on a local community notary public.

 

I am in a quandary to why a community such as Woodburn, a community which is comprised of a high percentage of elderly persons who may also need to utilize an attorney to draw up a will/testament. Why then wouldn't that attorney's office not be able to provide the same service for those writing up their own will and testament and also needing a notary public?  I understand that one 

can write their own will/testament also being legalized and by the signing off with a notary public.

 

If any of you readers could be of help to me, and I'm sure to others, it would certainly be  appreciated. By the way, I'm recuperating quite well! 

 

D.J. Slack,

Woodburn 


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