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How to Get Your Estate Documents Notarized During the Stay at Home Order

Posted by Anthony Serra | Apr 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

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The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has swept the world in ways we could not have foreseen. The problems this virus has caused will most likely leave long lasting effects. We have been receiving a lot of calls about Estate Planning and how to go about getting these important documents (Last Will and Testament, Living Will and Power of Attorney) signed while following the social distancing rules put in place by Governor Murphy.

We finally have some guidance. On April 14, 2020 Governor Murphy signed a law that allows remote notarization of these documents (see A-3903/S-2336) . Which means that notaries can now acknowledge the signing of these documents electronically through video conferencing. However, this law is only in effect during the state of emergency.

Notaries can accept a passport, driver's license or government issued non-driver identification card, which is current or expired not more than three years before performance of the notarial act to verify the identities of the signer and witnesses present.

With the enactment of this law, it is now easier than ever for you to get your estate planning in order. At our office we make everything easy with our Smart Law platform. We are already equipped with the software necessary to manage the entire estate planning process on-line without the need to come to our offices. Again, this law is set to expire once the emergency is over so take advantage of this window of time.

Here is a copy of the new law:

About the Author

Anthony Serra

Tony Serra is a passionate advocate, especially for the elderly, disabled and those of modest means who need the services of an experienced and caring attorney. For more than 30 years, Tony has been helping common, everyday folks navigate their way through life's turbulent waters. Through innovation and utilizing modern technology, Tony and his law firm are now able to offer quality legal services that at one time were prohibitively expensive, at a fraction of the cost. If you need basic legal services, such as a Will, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Special Needs Trust, real estate transactions, uncontested guardianship pleadings and much more, please visit our website and our SMART LAW legal services platform. You will be pleasantly surprised by what we offer and glad you did! Tony is also an experienced mediator and founder of the Conflict Resolution Center of NJ. Tony has specific training in family matters as well as elder law and contested guardianship and estate cases.  

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