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RPTE Advocates for Remote Ink Notarization and Remote Witnessing During the Pandemic

By Jo-Ann Marzullo

Jo-Ann Marzullo is an attorney at Ligris in Boston, Massachusetts, immediate past chair of the Section, advisor to the Section’s Planning Committee, and Section representative to the ABA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced real estate and trust and estate attorneys to work remotely from home and many authorities advised sheltering at home for the elderly and others with health issues, the standard practice of face-to-face meetings and ink signatures before an in-person notary public became at best difficult and in many cases impossible. The protection of clients, attorneys, and staff members from COVID-19 became the focus of the legal industry while it still tried to meet the legal needs of clients to execute enforceable estate and health planning and real estate documents.

Advocated for the issuance of executive orders, emergency proclamations, or similar orders.

Advocated for the issuance of executive orders, emergency proclamations, or similar orders.

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