Red Stick Notaries, LLC and Red Stick Tax Service, LLC


In April, 2014, Mr. John Hewitt, Notary Public/Income Tax Preparer and owner of Red Stick Notaries, LLC and Red Stick Tax Service, LLC, decided that he could best serve his clients as a mobile notary. To facilitate this, he had by May 1 moved his office into his home located just 150 yards from University Lake and one mile from LSU.

Mr. Hewitt is now available to provide both notary and tax services six days a week between the hours of 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM, and on Sundays from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM. To arrange a time and place to meet, please just call the home/office number (225) 663-6639, or if no answer, Mr. Hewitt’s cell phone (225) 288-1769.

You can meet with Mr. Hewitt at his home office to receive notary or tax services, or, if more convenient for you, he will meet with you at your home, your office, or a mutually convenient public location such as a library or restaurant. These mobile notary or tax services will be provided at regular low rates with no additional charge for travel to destinations inside the area south of Florida Blvd, west of Foster Drive, west and north of College, Lee, and Brightside Drives, and east of the Mississippi River. A travel charge of 50¢ a mile will be added elsewhere in Louisiana.

Computer, printer and photo-copier resources will be readily available, of course, in the Red Stick home office. When needed to draft a final document on a mobile notary call at your location, however, Mr. Hewitt will arrive at your location of choice with laptop computer, appropriate software, and laser printer ready to connect and operate.

Mr. Hewitt holds a lifetime appointment as a Notary Public with authority to provide notarial services statewide in Louisiana. He is also listed by the National Association of Notaries as a Certified Notary Signing Agent tested and qualified to facilitate real estate finance closings. In that capacity he has managed more than 150 such closings during the thirteen months ended April 30, 2014.

During 2012, Mr. Hewitt earned the IRS designation Registered Tax Return Preparer by passing a challenging one-time competency test published by the IRS as their proposed requirement for every holder of a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). In a finding that the IRS lacked the legislative jurisdiction to require such standards, a Federal District Court overturned this testing requirement in early 2013. Unfortunately, the situation now is that there are no standards of training, experience, or demonstrated knowledge needed for anyone to become a tax return preparer. Mr. Hewitt is one of a very small percentage of tax return preparers who have demonstrated their tax preparation knowledge and skills by passing this test.

Most notarial acts involve attesting to the validity of signature(s) of principals and witnesses on documents that have already been prepared by others. These can generally be completed almost anywhere, but always require picture identification of signers.

Other acts may require a document or documents which in Louisiana can be drafted by the notary public, then executed and notarized. Unlike in every other state, in Louisiana notaries have undergone extensive training and testing to prepare them to competently draft virtually any written instrument to express the wishes of the signers.

Some examples are:

Vehicle Transfers:
Bill of sale, act of donation, affidavit of heirship, affidavit of lost title. Auto sales also require title transfer and odometer disclosure. License plates and registration are issued not by us, but by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV). Mr. Hewitt asks that both seller (or donor) and buyer be present for a vehicular title transfer. In a typical transaction, when the buyer and seller or donor leave the Red Stick office after a title transfer, each has a notarized bill of sale or act of donation, and the buyer also has the vehicle and title to the vehicle which he or she then takes with the bill of sale or act of donation to the OMV for license, registration, and payment of sales tax.

Family and Personal Matters:
Paternity, matrimonial agreement, emancipation, adult adoption, custody, covenant marriage, conditional procuration (conditional power of attorney), declaration of disability, living will, last will and testament, testamentary trust, living irrevocable trust, affidavit, small succession, mandate (power of attorney), public inventory of succession property (procês verbal), inventory of abandoned safety deposit box contents.

Real Estate:
Cash sale, donation, bond for deed, mortgage, promissory note, partition, servitude (easement), legal description, laborer’s lien, materialman’s lien.

Business Entities:
Formation and registration of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, together with appropriate assumed name certificates, trade names, articles, operating agreements, by-laws and certificates.