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Meet Laraine Moscoso of Notary Documents 4 U in West Kendall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laraine Moscoso.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began as a Notary Public in 1996. At the time, I graduated from FIU with a Bachelor Degree in Foreign Languages Education. The language I chose was Spanish. Therefore, I began to work as a full-time teacher, but worked as a notary from home. Later on, I also obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from FSU. As the years went by, more people came to me not knowing how to read English, in search of help to fill out forms, or just to translate a letter. Translating documents was very easy for me, so I began to include that as part of my job. Soon, it became a passion for me, and many times I have done it free of charge for people in need like the elderly. As the years went by, translating documents was not as simple as two decades ago. Nowadays most translations have to be certified by a professional translator. Because of this, I took a course on translation and became a certified translator. I obtained my certification from GTI (Global Translation Institute), and I am also a member of ATA (American Translators Association), as well as a member of NNA (National Notary Association). It wasn’t until recently that I decided to give my passion a name; and I came up with Notary Documents 4 U.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For me, no journey is smooth. The road comes as it is, and we have to pave it as we walk.

Some struggles on my way came due to becoming a single mother of two, after my divorce. At the same time, the struggles in my way became the force that drove me to continue educating myself. I can mention time, kids, work, a second marriage, a new baby at 41, going to school, health, getting older, as my “struggles”, but they are really stepping stones to move ahead (if you want to move ahead). Last year my health was affected, I had been experiencing headaches, muscle pains, blur vision, dizziness, and I didn’t know why. After many studies, I was diagnosed with a rare disease called Arnold Chiari Malformation Type 1. I have learned to live with it, after treatments, and therapy.

I continue to do what I do, and be the best I can be at what I do. Today, I am part of a Doctorate program to earn my PhD in Education. Challenges are many times opportunities to grow!

Please tell us about Notary Documents 4 U.
I do all kind of notary work. No job is too small or too difficult for me. I tend to work more on translations in the educational field; diplomas, transcripts, etc. I am proud of working to help people who come to this country or those who move to a foreign country, to be able to use the knowledge they have acquired by certifying and translating their degrees.

What sets me apart from others is that I work mostly via internet, people don’t have to travel to get their documents translated. I have translated documents for people who are in Colombia, Spain, and New Zealand, seating here in the comfort of my home. When it comes to notarizing documents (must be done in person), I function as a mobile company, therefore I travel to meet my customers.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Going to Disney World for the first time at the age of 14, is my favorite memory from childhood. I came from a communist country where fantasy and imagination was tainted by slogans in favor of the regimen. Traveling to Disney World was like entering a fantasy world that was forbidding.

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