This insurance is not required for an individual to hold office as a notary public in the State of Florida. A notary public can be sued however, even if careful in performing his/her duties as a notary public. The following are examples of actual law suits against notaries:
Fortunately, the notaries in the above cases are covered by RLI Insurance Company Notary Public Errors & Omissions Insurance. Since a RLI Insurance Company Policy contains no deductibles, each and every dollar of damages and legal costs are paid.
Any loss up to $7500 will be paid to the victim of a claim by the notary's bonding company. The bonding company can sue the notary, however, for reimbursement of this bond payment, plus any legal expenses. In addition, the victim can sue the notary for any legal expenses and other losses not covered by the $7500 bond.
The notary's legal expenses in defending claims (valid or not) plus judgments for notary claims will be paid by errors and omissions insurance to the limits of the policy.
Notaries are vulnerable because they handle many important documents such as deeds, mortgages, titles, and contracts. Claims arise involving notary acknowledgment of signatures which are forged, incomplete or otherwise defective in real estate transactions, motor vehicle transfers, and cases where the validity or date of a document may be an issue. Even if the suit is not valid, the notary could still be faced with a legal bill for defense. Unless the notary is insured, the defense costs would be paid by the notary - win or lose.
The Individual Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy covers the named notary with no coverage provided for the notary's employer. The policy is issued to cover the four-year term of the notary appointment. The Employer's Group Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy covers all employees of an employer who hold a notary commission. The employee is the "insured" and the employer is an "additional insured" under the policy. The employee is covered for notarial services on or off his employment activities. The one year policy premium for the group policy is determined by the number of notaries employed by the employer at the inception of the policy. New employees who are notaries are automatically covered by the policy until renewal when the "number of notaries employed" needs to be updated on the policy. Terminated employees who are notaries are no longer protected by the policy.
The chart below details the available policy limits and corresponding premiums, depending on whether you chose an individual or group policy. Once you have selected the type of policy that best suits your needs, simply indicate your policy type and limit on our package page. Should you have any questions concerning the computation of your policy premium, please telephone our office at (800) 432-4254 and we will be happy to assist you. Your policy will be sent to you in your notary appointment package in approximately 10 business days.
|Policy Limits||Individual Policy||Group Policy|
|Policy Term||Term Premium||Term||1-3 Employees|
|$10,000||4 Years||$29.00||1 Year||$30.00|
|$25,000||4 Years||$67.00||1 Year||$45.00|
For Example, listed below please find a Group Errors and Omissions additional employee purchase:
|Policy Limits||Number of Employees||Calculated Policy Premium|