How to Notarize Legal Documents in the Wake of the New Coronavirus

If you have recently drafted certain legal documents in the wake of the new coronavirus, such as a power of attorney, the next step, naturally, is to have that document notarized in front of a notary. However, because of the recent spread of COVID-19 and the ensuing statewide stay-at-home orders, this process may seem all the more complex. However, there are several things you can do to have these critical documents notarized and deemed valid and legally enforceable, even in spite of these uncertain times. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Bergen County estate planning attorneys to learn more about how to get these crucial documents notarized while keeping in-step with the stay-at-home orders.

Under normal circumstances, if you need a document notarized, you would physically appear in front of the notary public. However, in the wake of the virus, in many cases, you cannot simply walk into a notary and sign these documents. Because of this, various states have now signed executive orders that allow remote online notarization, or RON. By doing so, this enables many notaries to perform their services online. Fortunately, New Jersey is currently a state in session with an active RON bill.

That being said, if you cannot conduct this procedure remotely, for whatever reason, you do still have certain options. These are unprecedented times, which means you should be prepared to take unprecedented actions. For instance, you can try to find a notary that will agree to meet you somewhere, such as a parking lot, where they can physically watch you sign the document through the window. This is just one example of how getting creative may accomplish your goal. There are notaries out there that are willing to work with you, as they understand the importance of getting these critical documents signed. If you have any further questions about creating a comprehensive estate plan, please give our knowledgeable New Jersey firm a call today.

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At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.

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