Individually, We Are One drop. Together, We Are an Ocean

It is common knowledge that women have an uphill battle when it comes to advancing in their careers. According to the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America, Women in the Work Place 2018 by Lean In Org., for the last four years, companies have reported that they are highly committed to gender diversity. But that commitment has not translated into meaningful progress.

We are proud to be a resident of the beautiful state of California, the first state to require women on corporate boards. The law requires that California-based companies appoint at least one woman to their board of directors by 2019, and at least one to three by 2021, depending on the size of the firm. The bill also allows California’s Secretary of State to fine violators $100,000 for the first offense. But you don’t have to be the state Governor to make a difference, the change starts with us as individuals.

In the pursuit to support and become an ally to other women, Cassandra S. Michel has founded the women owned and operated mobile notary company, Little Miss Notary. After she started the company she became pleasantly surprised and honored when other women got wind of the Little Miss Notary initiative and offered to help bring recognition to the mobile notary business by purchasing one of the Little Miss Notary mugs and posting a “selfie” with it on their Instagram accounts. In return the Ms. Michel shares that image on the Little Miss Notary Instagram account stating their name and their business. This allows the mug purchaser’s connections to find Little Miss Notary and vice versa.

It is in our nature to nurture and nurturing relationships is a two way street, it is the purest form or reciprocity. It is imperative for us as women to support each other in order to achieve equal rights and achieve our optimal level of success.  Beautifully put by Ryunosuke Satoro, “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

Little Miss Notary Gives Back to the Community

In affiliation with the Wills for Heroes Foundation, Del Mar’s women owned and operated mobile notary company, Little Miss Notary,  will be joining the San Diego County Bar Association in an effort to show their appreciation for the daily sacrifices of local fire fighters, police officers and other first responders in the greater San Diego area by facilitating a day of free preparation and notarization of the following documents for first responders and their spouses/partners:

· Wills
· Durable Powers of Attorney for Property Management
· Advance Health Care Directives

Volunteer lawyers and Little Miss Notary’s mobile notaries will be onsite to prepare and notarize these drafted documents in one afternoon. Participants qualify if they have an estate valued at less than $500,000. Net Worth (for Wills for Heroes purposes) consists of cash, personal property, stock and bonds, real estate (equity only), savings, cash value of life insurance policy, and retirement assets like a 401(k) or an IRA.

First responders can register for this event through the San Diego County Bar Association website event page at SDCBA Wills for Heores.

Need a Power of Attorney Notarized?


So what exactly is “Power of Attorney”? In general, a Power of Attorney agreement gives an “agent” the power to assist the “principal” with his or her financial affairs or make health care decisions for them. The agent is the person who is given the power to act on behalf of the principal. You should note that the principal is not giving up their power to act on their own behalf.  The power of attorney only steps in if the principal is no longer mentally or physically capable of running their personal, legal, and financial affairs.

A power of attorney agreement dealing with financial matters must be signed by the principal either before a notary public, or before two witnesses. The law regarding powers of attorney in California is found in the California Probate Code, Section 4000.

It is best to have a Power of Attorney agreement in place before the principal actually needs one.  It will save them a lot of grief and headache in the future, especially if something unexpected and unfortunate were to occur, that impairs the principal’s mental or physical health. By having a power of attorney agreement already in place, the principal wouldn’t have to risk the court appointing a conservator or guardian that may not be in line with their wishes. Also, executing a durable power of attorney is relatively inexpensive and the forms are pretty standard and simple.

If you need a power of attorney notarized, Little Miss Notary mobile notary services are not only available 24/7, but we also come to wherever is convenient for you! So schedule your mobile notary appointment today by calling or texting (619) 609-8697. If you’re phone shy you can also email us at or request an appointment on our website at


These materials have been prepared by Little Miss Notary for informational purposes only and are not legal advice.

Hospital or Assisted Living Facility Mobile Notary Appointments


Documents That You May Need Notarized During Your Hospital or Assisted Living Stay:

  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • California Advance Health Care Directive
  • Health Care Proxy
  • Living Will
  • Certification of Trust
  • HIPAA Waiver or Authorization for Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information
  • Assignment of Personal Property, etc.


So What Exactly is the Purpose of a Notary Public (i.e. Notary)?

By notarizing a document, Little Miss Notary is verifying that an identified person signed the statement, not that it is legal or has any claim to truth. If the contents of a notarized document are ever questioned by a court of law, a Notary Public may be cross-examined on whether she properly identified the signer, but not on the accuracy of the document statement outside the notarial certificate.

Having an acceptable ID is essential.  Hospital ID

People in hospitals frequently do not have their ID with them. If the signer can’t get their ID to the hospital, the signing cannot proceed unless the notary knows the signer personally or can have two credible witnesses meet the notary there, the signer will have to produce ID.

Partial List of California-Approved IDs:

  • California driver’s license      • Other state driver’s license
  • California ID card                    • Other state ID card
  • U.S. Passport                              • Foreign passport

The notary cannot notarize if the signer’s condition raises any questions about his or her ability to conduct business and make decisions.

People in rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes are often there due to strokes or other debilitating conditions that may make communication difficult or impossible. Such people may be unable to speak; they may be unable to write; they may be so heavily medicated or ill that they simply cannot focus well enough to proceed. Those who are in a hospital may be in better shape but still have limited times during the day when they are fully awake and aware. Little Miss Notary cannot notarize if the signer’s condition raises any questions about his or her ability to conduct business and make decisions.


Ready to Book Your Hospital Mobile Notary Appointment?

For your convenience, Little Miss Notary is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Pricing varies from $90 to $200 per transaction depending on time and location. The easiest way to schedule an appointment or get a free quote is by texting or calling (619) 609- 8697.  You can also schedule online at   email us at and a representative will return your email within 24 hours.

Need a Caregiver’s Authorization Notarized?

So what is a Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit?

As an alternative to a legal guardianship, caregivers can sign a Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit. A Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit is an official form based on California’s recognition that adults who have minors living with them are “caregivers” who often want and need to take some responsibility for the minor’s education and other care.

A Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit is a form you fill out and give to a child’s school or health care provider. You can use the form to enroll the child in school or get medical care for the child. California law says what exactly should be in the form. California law also says who can use this form.

Does a Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit affect the custody rights of the parents?

No. A Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit does not affect the rights of the child’s parents. The parents still have custody and control of the child.

TIP: A Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit does not give you legal custody of the child. If you need to get legal custody of a child, consider seeking a guardianship in state probate court.

Do I have to tell the child’s parents about the Caregiver’s Authorization form?

Yes. If you know where they are, you must tell the child’s parents before you fill out the Caregiver’s Authorization form. If they don’t object, then you can complete the form.

Can I use the Caregiver’s Authorization form if the child’s parents object?

No. If the child’s parents object to your getting the Caregiver’s Authorization, then you won’t be able to use the form.

What if I can’t find the parents?

If you can’t find the parents, you can still complete the Caregiver’s Authorization.

What if the parents show up later?

If the parents show up later and don’t want you to have the Caregiver’s Authorization, then they can “revoke” (cancel) the authorization. If they revoke the authorization, then you can’t use it.

What if the parents change their minds? Can they stop me from using the Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit?

Yes. Even if they told you that they didn’t object to the Caregiver Authorization Affidavit, they can always change their mind. Parents can always revoke the Caregiver’s Authorization. If they revoke the authorization, then you can’t use it.

Is the Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit good as long as I take care of the child?


  • The Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit is good for only one year from the date you sign it.
  • If more than one year has passed since you signed the form, you’ll need to fill out another one.

You can use the Caregiver’s Authorization Affidavit to enroll a child in school if:

  • you are over the age of 18, and
  • you take care of a child who lives in your home, but
  • you do not have a court order that gives you custody of the child.

If the Affidavit has to be notarized, how do I do that?

You make an appointment with Little Miss Notary, SoCal’s Mobile notary.

  • Bring the “Jurat Form” with you to your Little Miss Notary appointment.
  • Also, bring your driver’s license with you. We will need it to fill out the Jurat Form.