Portland Mobile Notary, LLC


Three career Professionals Provide Legal Signature Service.

A new small business is about to take off in the Portland metro area. Portland Mobile Notary, LLC, caters to the needs of title companies, small business and senior citizens, three groups in need of notary publics willing to travel.

Portland Mobile Notary has been operating full time since September 2015. Principal Ellen Finley is pleasantly surprised at how things have gone.

"One thing people say to us is they appreciate how responsive we are," says Finley. "Because our business model is to be mobile and go to people where they need us, we're ready to roll when the call comes." She notes with three full-time notaries, they can quickly fill most requests. Besides Finley, the principals include Carl Ronnander and Heather Kesten. All three are career professionals with varied business experiences that involve sales and service, and all three are trained and certified notaries.

Title companies are regular customers for Portland Mobile Notary.  Though many document signings take place in title offices, there are times when it makes more sense to have the signing done on-site, where the signers live or work.  One recent call involved an updated lease that required the signatures of some 30 commercial tenants.  It was a situation where the task was expedited by Portland Mobile Notary going right to the commercial buildings, and gathering and approving the needed signatures in a matter of hours.

Another primary source of business is families who need end of life documents-wills, power of attorney, advance directives-notarized.  The signings often take place in assisted living centers, nursing homes and private residences.  Because it can be difficult for the key individuals to travel, a notary service willing to visit any site is welcome.

"The three of us have dealt with issues in our own families, so we're sensitive to what people are going through when something like a will needs to be notarized." Finley points out. "We make it a point to put people at ease when we're called to help with a document signing for an elderly person."

Finley conceived of the business six years ago but admitted she never invested the time and energy needed to make it more than a part-time endeavor.  Last summer, she, Kesten and Ronnander met when the three of them were working for the same sales program.  The three hit it off and began brainstorming on ways to make income that better fit their lifestyles.  All three are notaries. When Finley mentioned her part-time business, they realized their solution was right in front of them.

Finley expects 2016 to be a year of continued growth for the young business.  The phones seems to ring a bit more each week.  She takes that as a sign Portland Mobile Notary is doing something right.