Prepared by Sviatlana Liashchyna, Legal and Regulatory Compliance Attorney for LOGS Legal Network
The national health emergency order and subsequent state emergency and “stay at home” orders have forced businesses to implement remote work strategies. In response, federal and state governments have implemented laws to allow for various electronic processes, including remote notarizations.
Before the COVID19 pandemic, only 23 states allowed remote notarizations. Since the Pandemic emerged, most states have adopted emergency laws or issued executive orders allowing or expanding existing laws to allow remote notarizations. This article provides an overview of the legal framework related to remote online notarization and highlights several business and risk considerations when using remotely notarized documents.