At least 23 states have now enacted laws authorizing notaries in their states to conduct remote online notarizations (RONs).
At least 16 other stcates (including Pennsylvania) have issued COVID-19-related emergency (and typically temporary) orders allowing RONs to be conducted subject to stated conditions. Pennsylvania also has a bill moving through legislature and expected to become law that would permanently allow Pennsylvania notaries to conduct RONs.
Enactment of this bill will bring Pennsylvania attorneys involved in real estate closings, trusts and estates work, commercial and consumer mortgage loans, and other tasks that require notarizations, to the point where they may soon have to deal with demands from their clients, financial institutions, and/or the financial institutions’ customers to have notarizations conducted remotely – with the notary and the signer being at different physical locations.
Bob Jaworski and Len Bernstein from Holland & Knight, LLP will discuss the intersection of e-notarization and e-signature laws along with how these developments are likely to impact Pennsylvania practitioners, while weighing the benefits of RONs against their potential risks.
Recorded on April 23, 2020.