Barry Kozyra and Michael Rankin report that New Jersey has now legalized Virtual Notarization of certain legal documents during the public health emergency under the Governor’s Executive Order 103.
The law allows for remote signatures to be applied and notarized as to Wills, Codicils, Deeds, Mortgages and other legal instruments. There are strict legal requirements to be followed as to preserving a record of the signing of the document and preparation of the documents.
Mr. Kozyra said, “This is welcome relief for our many clients who need to proceed with important legal affairs during this unprecedented crisis and cannot travel to or meet with counsel or others. It does so with safeguards to prevent fraud or other mischief in the execution of personal and business documents.”
Mr. Rankin said, “During this public health crisis, I’ve received a number of telephone calls from clients seeking the preparation of estate documents with a request and/or inquiry as to whether the documents can be completed remotely. This new law assists our clients who are dealing with emergent health issues and need for example the preparation of a Will or Living Will.”
If you have a need to have documents covered by the law prepared and executed during or after the public health emergency under the Governor’s Executive Order 103, please contact Barry Kozyra or Michael Rankin.