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COVID-19 Update: Remote Notary for Estate Planning Now Available During Emergency

access_time Posted on: April 7th, 2020

In-person notary requirement suspended

Written by Attorney Timothy J. Bupp, CELA; CGA Estate Practice Chairman

The COVID-19 emergency has created unwanted stress for those of us in quarantine.  The risk of illness, particularly for older persons, has caused concern regarding whether we can get the legal help we need.  

Review estate planning documents

Many have taken this time to rethink their estate planning documents, including wills, health care directives, and powers of attorney.  Unfortunately, during this uncertain time when having these documents in place has never been more important, the shelter-in-place order makes it more difficult than ever to arrange the necessary meetings with professionals to prepare, sign, witness and notarize essential documents. 

Commonwealth allows remote notary

Fortunately,  on April 3rd our Commonwealth provided relief during this emergency by suspending the requirement of physical presence for the notarization of estate planning documents.  Documents like powers of attorney, wills, and health care directives can now be notarized remotely, using audio-visual technology instead of personal meetings.  

CGA team is prepared with remote technology

Utilizing this technology, our attorneys, paralegals, and notaries can now assist you to prepare needed documents without you ever leaving the safety of your home.  CGA’s estate planning attorneys and paralegals are currently working remotely, and are available to consult with you via telephone and two-way visual communication.  Your documents can be prepared, reviewed, revised, and finalized via remote communication, and provided to you by regular or email.  Our notary-paralegals are trained in the use of remote communication technology.  With the new order now in place, we can now finalize and notarize your documents without risk of contact and in full compliance with our Governor’s orders on safety and sheltering in place.

Reach out to CGA Law Firm, and we will be ready to assist you, in these emergency times as always. 


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