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    New Law Allows for Notary to Assist in Executing Legal Documents Remotely.

    notaryOn April 14, 2020, Governor Murphy signed into law (Bill A3903) that allows remote notarial acts during Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency declared by Governor in Executive Order 103 of 2020. This should be of assistance when it comes to, among other things, executing wills and closing on real estate transactions.

    This allows notaries public and officers authorized to take oaths, affirmations, and affidavits to take acknowledgements from an individual remotely through the use of communication technology. For example, in using communication technology which allows for audio and visual interaction and recording, a notary may affix a notary stamp to documents if certain criteria are met. This will allow for individuals to have documents notarized without needing to physically meet with other persons during this critical time of social distancing. The new law is temporary and will last as long as the Governor’s Executive Order 103 (dealing with the COVID crisis) is in effect.

    More than ever, many people are realizing just how important it is to make sure they have, a Durable Power of Attorney, and an Advanced Directive, If you become hospitalized or incapacitated in some way a Durable Power of Attorney will allow a person you assign (usually a spouse or other trusted family member) to be your Power of Attorney. That person would then be allowed to make bank transactions, sign Social Security checks, apply for disability, or write checks to pay bills on your behalf.

    An Advanced Directive, sometimes called a “living will,” similarly appoints a loved one to act on your behalf if you are unable to do so. The document sets out your specific desires, so the hospital and/or healthcare providers are aware of your wishes. Any decisions which have to be made will be authorized by the loved one you assign.

    If you do not already have these important documents, we are willing to prepare them for you at a reduced rate in light of these extraordinary times. We can also provide the notary and witnesses required. Please contact Attorneys Hartman, Chartered at 856-209-6087 if you would like our assistance.

    At Attorneys Hartman, Chartered we have the ability to perform electronic meetings that will allow you to have important documents notarized.

    The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.


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