Notarizing Legal Documents in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

One of the most important steps in drafting a critical legal document is having that document notarized. Various documents require notarization, including powers of attorney. However, amid the new coronavirus, where we are all being asked to stay inside and all non-essential court proceedings are postponed/being conducted remotely, the question of having a document notarized in front of a notary becomes more complicated. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to have these critical documents notarized. For more information regarding notarization in New Jersey during the pandemic, please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable New Jersey estate planning attorney.

Generally, if the pandemic was not currently ongoing, you would be required to appear in front of the notary public in person. However, since you can no longer walk into a notary and sign these documents, many states have enacted executive orders permitting remote online notarization, otherwise known as RON. New Jersey is, as of now, a state in session with an active RON bill.

However, if you do not have the technology or the means to have your document notarized remotely, there are certain things you can do to have these documents notarized, however, you will have to get a bit creative. For example, in some cases, people have found notaries that are willing to meet them in locations where they can still practice social distancing and have their documents notarized. For example, you may be able to find a notary that will meet you in a parking lot and watch you sign the document through a closed window of your car. There are various other solutions to this situation, and you may be able to speak with a notary and see if they have any suggestions as well. If you have any other questions regarding estate planning in the state of New Jersey, you know where to turn. The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly is here to help.

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