Recently, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Providing for Virtual Notarization to Address Challenges Related to COVID-19. This Act, referred to as the “Remote Notarization Act,” allows Massachusetts attorneys and paralegals under the direction of an attorney to notarize documents remotely.
The Remote Notarization Act will remain in effect until three business days after the termination of Governor Baker’s March 10, 2020 declaration of a state of emergency in the Commonwealth.
Previously, all notarizations were required to take place in person.
Under the Act, our clients may sign documents in the comfort of their own homes while witnesses and the Notary observe the signature using video conferencing technology. This will allow estate planning to carry on without violating social distancing guidelines.
Egan, Flanagan and Cohen, P.C. is equipped with the necessary technology for remote notarization and this is just one way that we are here for our clients during these unprecedented times. Despite these challenging times, our clients remain our number one priority.
We invite you to contact us any time to learn more about our estate planning practice and planning for incapacity.