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Podcast of Sonita M. Leak, local Upstate, South Carolina Expert, Certified Notary Public Signing Agent and Wedding & Marriage Officiant.

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Podcast of Sonita M. Leak, local Upstate, South Carolina Expert, Certified Notary Public Signing Agent and Wedding & Marriage Officiant.

    The Marriage Application Process in Greenville, SC

    The Marriage Application Process in Greenville, SC

    Marriage Notary Public & Officiant Sonita M. Leak is the Author of the following information:

    All requests for a Marriage License in Greenville County must be made in person by both parties getting married.  There are additional options for picking up the license once applied for, such as Third-Party Authorization.  Inquire to the Marriage License Division by calling 864) 467-7171.

    For a couple consisting of Greenville County residents, the application fee is $45.00. If both parties live outside of Greenville County, yet one resides in South Carolina, the fee will be $75. For any couple traveling from out of state/country, the cost for a marriage license in Greenville County is $95. If, after review and nuptials, you discover that there is something incorrect on the license, there will be a correction fee of $6.75, so make sure when it is issued you check that it is absolutely, positively, 100% CORRECT!

    There are different items requested by both parties from each Marriage License Division office and since these can vary, I definitely urge you to visit the Greenville County’s Marriage License Division website to seek your answers to what documentation, IDs, originals you need to accomplish applying.  You can visit the site by clicking HERE.

    There is a keepsake folder that, although not necessary, may be something you will consider purchasing for an additional $2.00 (as of July 1, 2019). I do not recommend to any couple to use their copy of the Marriage License and Certificate to transact business. This is your copy to keep, frame, put away, and should only be used in an emergency. Why? Say you travel to the Social Security office to have your name changed and in the commission of the clerk making a copy of your certificate, it is accidentally caught in a paper jam. Say the clerk fouled up the copy and instead of putting the misprinted copy in the shredder, accidentally shreds your original. Case in point, keep it as just that, A KEEPSAKE!

    A certified copy of your certificate will cost you $5.00. At this time, the copy fee is $ .25, however, it may be higher depending on your request.

    Some interesting facts:

    Marriage License requests can go as far back as 1911 in the Greenville County database and requests can be made by either walking in to the office or by mail.

    One of the biggest questions by a couple to our service is, “Do I have to have a ceremony?” Quite simply, “Yes.” In the State of South Carolina, it is a requirement for a ceremony to be performed.

    Probate Court judges, staff, nor personnel marry couples.

    If you do not have a Social Security card and are not eligible to receive one, it is possible to obtain a letter from the Social Security Administration Office stating that you are unable to obtain it.

    The Marriage License Division is located in Suite 5600 of Greenville County Square, 301 University Ridge, Greenville, SC 29601. The number to call for inquiry is 864.467.7571.

    The Marriage and License Administrators Elizabeth Robinson, Janise Chapman and Ruby Moore are at your service to assist you with your application needs.

    For More Information on Application Click HERE.

    • 3 min
    Dealing with Grief When Performing Notary Work

    Dealing with Grief When Performing Notary Work

    One trip to Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina a few years ago did not go smoothly. Upon arrival, I learned that the signer I was about to see had a medical emergency and therein could not sign a simple document that would have set his beneficiary information for insurance straight. It happens quite a bit. We notaries are met with situations that are beyond our control. I learned shortly before midnight that the signer passed away.







    The job of a notary can go from fairly simple to very complex in a matter of seconds. Many trips to hospitals, assisted-living facilities and hospices can be daunting on the psyche of a notary. One day you will see a patient in a facility who is in good spirits; and in a different setting the next day in Intensive Care. It comes with the territory.







    Although most of my posts are ‘happy-go-lucky’, problems arise and things do go wrong in many signing situations, and they are not posted on this website as blogs; hence, why I post what I do post about signers being of sound mind, not incapacitated, held under duress, etc. Sharing information is caring.







    One thing to consider in signing situations is the complexity of what’s really in front of you. If you pare people’s lives down to a piece of paper, there is a major disconnect. Yes, you’re just a notary public, but being a notary in a particular situation does not mean that you don’t have feelings and cannot empathize. People who deal with signing situations can get into the rut of ‘performing the job at hand and leaving’, but I must warn these professionals that in that 30 minutes to an hour of time you are before your signer or signers, unless you are a completely heartless human being, you will have some form of attachment to them and their situation.







    Customer Service is key. I say that with capital letters because those two words are so very important. I’ve contributed to several articles regarding offering top-notch Customer Service. Knowledge is at one end of the Customer Service spectrum. Empathy is at the other end.







    For more information (and this is for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY), you can search through my posts by using the Search Bar in the top right sidebar of this site.







    Comments? Questions? Leave them in the Comments section below.

    • 1 min
    Recap: The 2015 Holiday Grief Seminar featuring Gloria and Heidi Horsley

    Recap: The 2015 Holiday Grief Seminar featuring Gloria and Heidi Horsley

    My initial intention in attending the seminar was to gain some insight into what clients and families of the clients I served dealt with on a daily basis with the grief over the loss of a loved one.  Not once in the days leading up to the seminar did I think, “How would this seminar relate to my personal life?” Today hit home for me.  Gloria and Heidi Horsley, the mother and daughter team who lost their beloved son and brother, Scott, to a tragic car accident made me question the entire grieving process, not only for my customers and clients, but for those who I interact with on a daily basis, my own family, ten years after the violent gun death of my brother, Michael.

    Many situations were covered during the course of the seminar, which involved two workshop group sessions.  The seminar focused on Pregnancy Loss, Spouse Loss, Sibling Loss, Trauma, Treatment and Life Reconstruction.

    The purpose for my attendance, dealing with customers and clients who are experiencing or have experienced a loss, was discussed.  I learned many things within one small group workshop led by Alice MacDonald, MSW, CACII. First, as a person who has experienced the loss of a spouse, she provided the participants of the workshop chance to speak about their experience; what helped them in their process of grieving, what didn’t, and participants offered to each other encouragement in the process.  I learned there are different levels to the grievance process and that not everyone reacts the same way.

    One part of the discussion focused on myths that complicate mourning.  Another, on the different ways a spouse might be traumatized when experiencing the loss of a loved one. One thing Clinician MacDonald taught us is that there CAN be healing through positive efforts, sharing, surrounding yourself with positive people and keeping your life at a balance; sometimes gently re-writing some inter-workings of your life to fill the void.

    I want to sincerely thank Gloria and Heidi Horsley for sharing Scott with all of us in attendance. I want to thank Alice MacDonald for having the courage to address her intimate story of loss and reconstruction. I also thank Speaker WYFF News 4 Anchor Nigel Robertson for closing this wonderful day with his story about his father’s battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  I would like to thank them all for allowing God to use them.

    Sincerely,

    Sonita M. Leak,

    A Mother

    A Sister

    A Notary Public

    The Holiday Grief Seminar was held in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Greenville, 847 Cleveland St., Greenville, SC 29601. Presented by Interim Healthcare Hospice, Mackey Mortuary, Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Dillard Funeral Home, Hillcrest Memorial Park, Greenville Memorial Gardens, Oconee Memorial Park and Palmetto Cremation Service.

    *Photo courtesy of Open to Hope

    • 2 min
    Dealing with Grief When Performing Notary Work

    Dealing with Grief When Performing Notary Work

    One trip to Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina a few years ago did not go smoothly. Upon arrival, I learned that the signer I was about to see had a medical emergency and therein could not sign a simple document that would have set his beneficiary information for insurance straight. It happens quite a bit. We notaries are met with situations that are beyond our control. I learned shortly before midnight that the signer passed away.







    The job of a notary can go from fairly simple to very complex in a matter of seconds. Many trips to hospitals, assisted-living facilities and hospices can be daunting on the psyche of a notary. One day you will see a patient in a facility who is in good spirits; and in a different setting the next day in Intensive Care. It comes with the territory.







    Although most of my posts are ‘happy-go-lucky’, problems arise and things do go wrong in many signing situations, and they are not posted on this website as blogs; hence, why I post what I do post about signers being of sound mind, not incapacitated, held under duress, etc. Sharing information is caring.







    One thing to consider in signing situations is the complexity of what’s really in front of you. If you pare people’s lives down to a piece of paper, there is a major disconnect. Yes, you’re just a notary public, but being a notary in a particular situation does not mean that you don’t have feelings and cannot empathize. People who deal with signing situations can get into the rut of ‘performing the job at hand and leaving’, but I must warn these professionals that in that 30 minutes to an hour of time you are before your signer or signers, unless you are a completely heartless human being, you will have some form of attachment to them and their situation.







    Customer Service is key. I say that with capital letters because those two words are so very important. I’ve contributed to several articles regarding offering top-notch Customer Service. Knowledge is at one end of the Customer Service spectrum. Empathy is at the other end.







    For more information (and this is for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY), you can search through my posts by using the Search Bar in the top right sidebar of this site.







    Comments? Questions? Leave them in the Comments section below.

    • 1 min
    “Treat Yourself” Take Time Out of Your Day to Refresh | Spoken by My Middle-Schooler

    “Treat Yourself” Take Time Out of Your Day to Refresh | Spoken by My Middle-Schooler

    People in my life would say that I’m a work-a-holic. When they see me out and about, I’m doing just that most times – working. But as a human being, I must take time to sit back, smell the roses, sip the coffee, play with the kids and RELAX. Yes, I said it Seemingly from a person who never rests. But, au contrare, mu frere! I do.







    If I spent every waking hour of the day working and not getting the recharge and the rest I needed, I would be a ball of nerves, tired all the time and just plain unhealthy. There’s just no way I could let that happen dealing with multiple children and multiple responsibilities.







    My advice for the day? Take some good quality time out with your family doing something recreational. No, it doesn’t have to go on for hours, it could be as little as 20 minutes worth of something, ANYTHING. Just do it!







    Also, don’t forget to take some time for you. I hear it all the time, and so I repeat it, “If you can’t help yourself or do something for yourself, you definitely cannot do anything for anyone else.” Breathe, pray, meditate, recreate, and most of all APPRECIATE!







    I sincerely hope you all enjoy this beautiful next couple of days, I know I’m looking forward to them.







    Love,







    Your Local Upstate Marriage NotarySonita M. Leak

    • 2 min
    How One Notary Uses SEO Strategies to Grow Her Business | Author and NNA Notary Public Contributor Sonita M. Leak

    How One Notary Uses SEO Strategies to Grow Her Business | Author and NNA Notary Public Contributor Sonita M. Leak

    As a State of South Carolina Notary Public and a Nationwide National Notary Association® Ambassador, I am honored to have contributed to a variety of articles on behalf of the Notary Bulletin and National Notary magazine.  Did you know that your local Greenville, South Carolina Notary Public was the Author of the following article? Click on the link below to read it: HOW ONE NOTARY USES SEO STRATEGIES TO GROW HER BUSINESS (Contributor) – September 2014







    Throughout my career, I’ve been humbled and been so appreciative of all those that I’ve helped, not only in my practice locally as a Notary Public and Signing Agent, but also as a colleague to all those Notaries and Signing Agents nationwide!







    Thank you so much for a wonderful 9 years,







    Sonita M. LeakOwner of GreenvilleNotary.com

    • 2 min

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Sonita is an expert in her own right! I love hearing her notary chronicles!

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