Rockdale County Clerk of Courts Ruth Wilson welcomed about 100 people interested in learning what it takes to become or maintain being a notary.
“As far as I know, this is the first time services like this have been provided for free in Rockdale. The courts depend on accurate notaries and I wanted to host training like this because I feel there is a need for it in our county,” said Wilson, who offered to two free training sessions on April 17. “Notaries deal with a range of sensitive things from property deeds and wills to powers of attorney, so we wanted to make sure they are up to date on all the laws and proper procedures.”
Wilson hosted the training but invited Mike Smith and Rachel Rice of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA) to lead the workshops on notary requirements and services. The training included information on the nature and purpose of notary duties and how to perform them in accordance with Georgia law.
“The training is designed to help avoid errors that could result in costly lawsuits and penalties,” said Mike Smith, who serves as the communications director for GSCCA.
The workshops also covered how to prevent fraud, showing participants in the session what they can and cannot do through true and false exercises.
Patricia Bullock, who works as a regional hearing clerk for the Environmental Protection Agency, said she wanted to take advantage of the free course so she could remain up-to-date on being a notary.
“I handle a lot of legal documents for the EPA. I also do notaries for fellow employees as well. There are other free training courses online but you won’t get this one-on-one interaction with these important officials,” said Bullock.