When considering the emergency law that Governor Cooper just signed Monday, most North Carolinians are excited about the $1.6 billion relief package that will go to heath, education, and small businesses.
However, attorneys (and their clients) are the most excited about video witnessing and notarization! To deal with COVID-19 and social distancing concerns, documents can now be notarized and witnessed through video conferencing software like “Zoom” and “GoToMeeting.”
Unfortunately, the emergency law did not do away with the requirement that some documents be an “original” (with a “wet” signature), so the procedure for will signings is a little clunky, requiring multiple originals to be mailed back and forth. Here’s a breakdown of the new law as it pertains to video notary and witnessing:
The witnesses’ and notary’s acknowledgements must contain special language in light of the emergency law, so do not try this yourself at home! If you need assistance, give Jesson & Rains a call.
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