My term as a Justice of the Peace began officially on February 1. (I’m one of twelve JPs for the town of Richmond, Vermont.) As I’ve detailed before, in Vermont the office of Justice of the Peace means:
- you serve on the town elections staff
- you can preside at weddings
- you serve on the board of abatement (if a taxpayer requests a tax abatement hearing)
- you can serve as a magistrate if the Vermont courts request you to (which I doubt ever happens these days)
- you can be a notary public without having to pay the registration fee
Well, I filed the paperwork to be a notary public, got approved, and ordered my notary supplies (which I had to pay for — those aren’t free). So now I’ve got a stamp, an embosser, and a nice little logbook to record all the notarizations I carry out. Woo-hoo!
No, it’s not that exciting. I have no doubt that any number of you readers are also notaries, especially if you work in banking, real estate, legal services, and so on. But it’s still kind of cool.
Anyone need anything notarized? Let me know!