In case of an emergency, who would you want us to contact? Your answer to that question is the key to providing the very best human intelligence about the veracity of your name. Truthfully, your most important person is the best attestation of your identity, and that is why we provide your witness the same Self-sovereign Identity (SSI) in the initial process. That’s our Unique Security Proposition (USP).
Lions Gate Club is by invitation only so that everyone knows someone to attest for the member, and each member begins the process by creating SSI for their own witness. We will have a waiting list and system to connect all un-invited member applicants by word of mouth, through a human network that connects the web to boots on the ground, everywhere and anywhere. This is achieved by using existing public notary networks and also by starting new chains of witness wherever needed by having existing members reach-out.
Lions Gate Club will provide free courses and webinars, as well as forums and social channels, especially designed to grow a grass roots organization for the purpose of teaching, training and promoting SSI and Blockchain storage vaults, with mobile phone apps and QR codes. It’s a short but steep learning curve which is best propagated around the globe through affiliate marketing but opens the door to millions and millions of new careers at SSI certification.
Due to the complexity of Cryptocurrency Wallet passwords, it’s essential that your witness knows the clues to your keyword phrase, not the entire keyword phrase, just sections of it and that becomes the basis for our verification process. From there the steps are to a Notary Public and some will require an Apostillate.
The best benefit of SSI and Blockchain is the ease at which you can add new records and new notarized documents, so that eventually you will have immutable Digital ID that works perfectly for authentication to execute every possible type of legal contract, registration, application or subscription, anywhere on earth.
What is the difference between a notarization and an apostille?
Requiring that a document be notarized (signed before a notary public who has been certified by the secretary of State’s office) is often enough to prove a document’s legitimacy for use in the US.
In order for the same document to be used in foreign contexts (including foreign consulates within in US), a secondary level of certification called an apostille is often required. The document must be apostilled in the same state where it was notarized and information on how to go about that can be found on the secretary of state’s website for most states. Here you’ll find the information for California.
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty, is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. A certification under the terms of the convention is called an apostille or Hague Apostille. It is an international certification comparable to a notarisation in domestic law, and normally supplements a local notarisation of the document. If the convention applies between two countries, such an apostille is sufficient to certify a document’s validity, and removes the need for double-certification, by the originating country and then by the receiving country.
A notary is a person authorised to perform acts in legal affairs, in particular witnessing signatures on documents. The form that the notarial profession takes varies with local legal systems
Most common law systems have what is called in the United States a notary public, a public official who notarizes legal documents and who can also administer and take oaths and affirmations, among other tasks. In the United States, a signing agent, also known as a loan signing agent, is a notary public who specializes in notarizing mortgage and real estate documents. Although notary publics are public officials, they are not paid by the government; they may obtain income by charging fees, provide free services in connection with other employment (for example, bank employees), or provide free services for the public good. Documents are notarized to deter fraud and to ensure they are properly executed. An impartial witness (the notary) identifies signers to screen out impostors and to make sure they have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly. Loan documents including deeds, affidavits, contracts, powers of attorney are very common documents needing notarization. In the US (except Puerto Rico), any person – lawyer or otherwise – may be commissioned as a notary.
Most civil law-based systems have the civil law notary, a legal professional working in civil law performing many more functions. The Worshipful Company of Scriveners use an old English term for a notary, and are an association of notaries practising in central London since 1373.
To “notarize” a document or event is not a term of art, and its definition varies from place to place; but it generally means the performance by a notary of a series of possible steps, which may include the following (not an exhaustive list):
- Identifying the person appearing before the notary through personal acquaintance or by reference to significant proofs of identity including passport, driving license, etc.
- Where land titles are involved or significant rights may accrue by reference to the identity, signatures may also be verified, recorded and compared.
- Recording the proof of identity in the notarial register or protocol.
- Satisfying the notary that the person appearing is of full age and capacity to do whatever is intended.
- Taking an affidavit or declaration and recording that fact.
- Taking detailed instructions for a protest of a bill of exchange or a ship’s protest and preparing it.
- Recording the signature of the person in the register or protocol.
- Taking an acknowledgment (in the United States) of execution of a document and preparing a certificate of acknowledgement.
- Preparing a notarial certificate (in most other jurisdictions) as to the execution or other step.
- Sealing or stamping and signing the document.
- Recording all steps in the register or protocol.
- Delivering the completed original to the person appearing.
- In some cases, retaining a copy of the document in the register or protocol.
- Charging the person appearing a fee for the service.
Often, in the case of lawyer notaries, the certificate to be provided will not require the person appearing to sign. Examples are: certificates authenticating copies (which are mostly not within the permissible functions of U.S. notaries) and certificates as to law, such as certificates as to the capacity of a company to perform certain acts, or explaining probate law in the place.
However, in civil-law jurisdictions (including Puerto Rico and Quebec), notaries are qualified lawyers who provide many of the same services as common-law attorneys/solicitors (negotiation and drafting of contracts, legal advice, settlement of estates, creation of a company and its status, writing of wills and power of attorney, interpretation of the law, mediation, etc…) except any involvement in disputes to be presented before a court. Notaries are specialized in all matters relating to real estate, for example, completing title exams in order to confirm the ownership of the property, the existence of any encumbrances such as easements or mortgages and hypothecs. .
In the United States, the states of Virginia, Texas, and Nevada have all passed laws allowing for online witness by notaries, using screen sharing or webcam as well as identity verification processes. Virginia was the first state to pass legislation allowing online notarization in 2012. Texas and Nevada passed similar laws in 2017 that went into effect in July, 2018. Some sites and apps include Notarize, DocVerify, NotaryCam, Safedocs, and SIGNiX. Notarize is also the first company to offer fully online mortgage closings, executing the first in August 2017 with United Wholesale Mortgage and Stewart Title. In the United States as of 2017 there are estimated to be over 4 million notaries employed.