HISTORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Estes
Founder, 1924 - 2006


Jim Estes

 

IT STARTED WITH A VISION!
In 1999 this organization began as a vision of our founder, Tim Estes, who became a notary in 1995 and soon found that more education was needed to know how the practice worked in the real world. To do this, it was realized that Civil Law Notaries are public officials (not public servants), appointed by the Governor for life, and that the oversight rests with the Secretary of State and the District Judges. 

In the hierarchy of Notaries Tim saw little effort to bring about a higher degree of purity to the notary practice. She, with the help of her husband, Jim Estes, also a notary, pulled together a group of notaries who shared her desire to become better by voluntary continuing education.. THUS PCLNA was born. There were many others who saw the need to educate past the passing of the Notary Exam.

WHERE ARE WE NOW?
We have fought and won good things for the practice of notary in our state as well as our group here in North Louisiana. We have rallied as an organization to support the legislators in Baton Rouge to pass some good laws and to kill some bad legislation which was presented.

WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Because without a vision a people perish, we can never rest thinking our past achievements will carry us through. The goal and purpose of PCLNA is to bring area notaries together with a common bond to strengthen our profession. By engaging speakers and teachers at the local level with information about changes in the law and notary practice, we will enhance knowledge in both form and substance related tour duties.

WE MEET MONTHLY to further this endeavor.   We invite you to join us and encourage you to examine the benefits of membership.

 

HISTORY OF CIVIL LAW NOTARIES
Civil Law Notaries are unique in the trade. We are the only Civil Law Notaries in the United States. Civil Law Notaries are found only in parts of Canada, Europe, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Louisiana. Because of the Napoleonic Law, we go back to the 14th century and there were Civil Law Notaries before there were attorneys.

Read more about Civil Law Notaries at the New Orleans Notarial Archives

 


“NEVER ALLOW YOUR DISAPPOINTMENTS OF YESTERDAY
CLOUD YOUR VISION FOR TOMORROW”.

JIM ESTES




Professional Civil Law Notaries Association
9701 Baird Road
Shreveport, Louisiana  71118
 

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