Why Do I Need My Document Notarized?
Many legal documents require a notarized signature. When a signature is notarized, the person signing the document has their identity confirmed to ensure that he or she is proper individual signing. Notaries are individuals who are authorized to confirm someone’s identity and affix their seal to the document to signify that the document was signed by the person intended.
In this distressing time of COVID-19 terrorizing the nation, it can be very difficult to locate a notary to provide this service. Thankfully, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed Executive Order 202.7, authorizing remote notarization of signatures under-certain circumstances. Regarding notarization, Executive Order 202.7 reads as follows :
IN ADDITION, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to issue any directive during a disaster emergency necessary to cope with the disaster, I hereby issue the following directives for the period from the date of Executive Order through Jun 6, 2020:
- Any notarial act that is required under New York State law is authorized to be performed utilizing audio-video technology provided that the following conditions are met:
- The person seeking the Notary’s services, if not personally known to the Notary, must present valid photo ID to the Notary during the video conference, not merely transmit it prior to or after;
- The video conference must allow for direct interaction between the person and the Notary (e.g. no pre-recorded videos of the person signing);
- The person must affirmatively represent that he or she is physically situated in the State of New York;
- The person must transmit by fax or electronic means a legible copy of the signed document directly to the Notary on the same date it was signed;
- The Notary may notarize the transmitted copy of the document and transmit the same back to the person; and
- The Notary may repeat the notarization of the original signed document as of the date of execution provided the Notary receives such original signed document together with the electronically notarized copy within thirty days after the date of execution.
With the recent health pandemic, many people are concerned for the wellbeing of themselves and their loved ones. Please read more about important steps you can take to Prepare Yourself Legally for the COVID-19 crisis.
If you need a document notarized, including a Will or Healthcare Proxy, please CONTACT US today! We can prepare these documents and notarize other important documents according to the guidelines listed above so that you can stay safe and do not risk your health.
By: Gulotta & Gulotta, PLLC, Law Firm located in Ronkonkoma, NY. Gulotta & Gulotta primarily focus on personal injury cases, as well as real estate law, matrimonial law, wills, and will occasionally take on cases that involves New York traffic laws.