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: