McGuire Woods: N.C. Adopts Remote Online Notarizing, Extends Emergency Video Notarizing and Witnessing (September 7, 2022)

Andrea C. Chomakos, Jean Gordon Carter, Derek A. Farrugia, and Danielle M. Burness of McGuire Woods, have made available for download their article, ” N.C. Adopts Remote Online Notarizing, Extends Emergency Video Notarizing and Witnessing”, published on McGuire Woods. The article begins as follows:

Many tasks that were relatively easy to accomplish became nearly impossible during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and while much of everyday life has returned to “normal,” some modifications to accommodate social distancing protocols have become more permanent. One such accommodation is the growing acceptance of electronically executed documents and, for those that require notarization, electronic remote notarization.

Prior to 2020, only 21 states had adopted and enacted statutes authorizing electronic remote online notarization (RON). As McGuire Woods reported in an April 6, 2020, alert, in direct response to COVID-19, an additional 19 states implemented executive orders or legislation to permit RON. Additionally, as some documents are not eligible for electronic execution and because of the stringent technological requirements to implement RON, a significant number of states enacted temporary laws allowing the video notarization of documents (see McGuire Woods’ April 15, 2020, alert). Most temporary statutes authorizing video notarization have lapsed, so the convenience of having documents notarized without having to meet with a notary in person is no longer available.

Click here to see the full article: “N.C. Adopts Remote Online Notarizing, Extends Emergency Video Notarizing and Witnessing“.

Posted by Will Frankenberry, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.

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