From the Forum – Where to find a notary? and Adding an Egress window and window well

by Prince Of Petworth June 24, 2014 at 2:10 pm 25 Comments

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Where to find a notary?

“My husband and I are trying to be responsible adults and finally got a will drawn up for us. Now we need to find a notary who will notarize the will (and hopefully act as witnesses for us too). No amount of googling turns up anything remotely legitimate-looking, and I have to admit that I don’t know much about notaries in general so I’m sort of at a loss. Any ideas on where we might find a notary?”

Egress window and window well:

“We are looking to add an egress window and window well to a basement room. Does anyone in Popville have experience with the permitting aspect? Has anyone done it DIY or hired a contractor? How long did it take? How much did it cost?”

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  • nate

    Banks usually have someone that is a notary.

  • JS

    I think I got something notarized at a UPS store a few years ago. Might want to try that.

  • Notary

    Regarding notaries: A lot of banks have a notary on staff. Major banks like Wells Fargo will even list whether they have a notary in a specific branch. Not sure if they’ll charge you a nominal fee, but if you have an account at the bank, it’s usually free (or at least it was the last time I needed to get something notarized).

    • Accountering

      Wells Fargo has notaries at all of its branches. Call ahead. Most big banks should be the same.

    • +1 I always just go to whatever bank I’m doing business with, and I’ve never been charged at any of them.

  • Anonymous

    The attorney that helped you draft your will should be able to get you a notary. If an attorney didn’t help draft your will, you should consult one.

    • Anonymous

      +1 – don’t legalzoom something that important

      • Anonymous

        Any recs for a place to go to get a quick will drawn up for a couple of hundred bucks max? I have the easiest possible situation — single, no debts, no house, all assets in mutual funds and retirement accounts, where I can already designate beneficiaries. I see the value of the will in making things easier for my parents or siblings, but can’t bring myself to spend most of their inheritance getting one drafted up.

        • Emilie504

          I just told my sister and my parents they get everything and to fight amongst themselves. Hopefully I out live my parents and it all goes to my sister. If she dies first, her kids can fight over my stuff. They’ll probably toss everything but cash.

          • Anonymous 2:46

            You should still have a will (as I tell myself!). My understanding is that even without disagreements, if there’s no will your assets get tied up in probate and there’s tons more paperwork for the survivors to deal with. Having a will makes it much easier for your sister or parents.
            Or even crazier things can happen. When my cousin died, some half-brother they barely knew about swooped in and get himself appointed executor and took everything, and there was basically nothing his sister (who was very close to him) could do about it.

        • Administrator

          If it is that simple, then do it yourself. You only need two witness signatures. You do not need a notary. http://dccode.org/simple/sections/18-103.html

  • notanotary


    Also, check around – a lot of employers in the District will have a couple people who are notaries on staff.

  • Anonymous

    Q and A about notaries in DC (note the maximum amount they can charge is $2).

    • Anon

      My wife and I were recently in a bind and needed a document notarized on a Sunday night (long story, but was related to a Visa appointment we had the following morning). We found someone online who met us at a Starbucks at 9 pm with about 30 minutes notice.

      They charged us $100 for the service. Are you saying that is illegal?

  • Meg

    I know for a fact that the UPS store around M and 16th has a Notary.

  • Anon

    Wills don’t have to be notarized in DC.

  • Robert Howard Cunningham

    There are a lot of options out there to get something notarized. As many have mentioned, you can go to a bank for a nominal fee. However, if you are in need of a notary at odd hours due to you and your husbands schedules, there is also the option of a Mobile Notary. I have used My DC Notary before (www.mydcnotary.com). They specialize in nights and weekends services. They come to your home and perform the signings at a time that works for you. The cost is higher than a bank, but sometimes you just can’t put a price on quality service and convenience.

  • Anonymous

    The UPS Store in Van Ness, just off of Connecticut Ave has a notary.

  • bloomies

    Almost all law firms have notaries on staff and will give you access for free (at least the big law firms, of which there are plenty in this city).

  • Window well: There’s a lot of info online about window wells. It’s not as easy as it seems, it’s a safety issue, emergency escape, structural, moisture, drainage, etc. and it varies depending on site conditions. I would say you should find a contractor with experience and study the information online regarding minimum dimensions, etc. Also you’ll need a permit for that, and plans.

    • dunning-kruger

      You’ll need to tie an area drain into your storm drain system which can be an expensive pain depending on how deep and how close it is to your excavation (I wouldn’t even consider bringing a 2nd line to the street that is megabucks). There are also limits to how deep it can be without needing a railing (36″ I believe) and if you are in a historic district they will be very involved in the project (assuming this is in the front yard).

      Definitely not a simple job if your contractor blows it you could get major water damage. It isn’t rocket science but the stakes are high if mistakes are made.

  • Linc Park SE

    Mary at Sincerely Yours at 325 PA Ave. SE – second floor – she used to be an operator at the White House way back and her machine was donated to the Smithsonian, she also wrote a children’s book (that was published) about Bob Dole’s dog – she’s a real old timey DC character.

  • David

    I had to get some employment verification form notarized. The guy I used was very dependable and legitimate.


  • cw

    Re: notary services, most FedEx and UPS locations do it. You can even search their websites to find a location nearby.

  • LA in MVS

    TD Bank provides free notary services to anyone who needs it! I just used the notary at the branch in Chinatown a few weeks ago. According to their website: Visit your local TD Bank during normal lobby hours.


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