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U.S. Insight: Update on Virtual Notarization (Executive Order 202.7) During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic (Updated: January 27, 2021)
Client Alert 30 Dec. 2020
U.S. Insight: Update on Virtual Witnessing (New York Executive Order 202.14) During The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic (Updated: December 30, 2020)
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In response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.14 (the “Order”) on April 7, 2020, authorizing virtual witnessing for certain documents, including wills and trusts. The impacted statutes are Estates Powers and Trusts Law (EPTL) 3‑2.1(a)(2), EPTL 3‑2.1(a)(4) and EPTL 7‑1.17, Public Health Law 2981(2)(a), Public Health Law 4201(3), Article 9 of the Real Property Law, and General Obligations Law 5‑1514(9)(b). The Order is currently in effect until May 7, 2020.
The act of virtual witnessing allows individuals to attest to the validity of a signatory’s identity over audio-visual technology. Pursuant to the guidelines issued in the Order, to complete the act of virtual witnessing over video conferencing technology, the signatory and the witness must fulfill the following conditions:
The standards for completing the act of witnessing over audio-visual technology are similar (but not identical) to the standards for virtual notarization which the Governor authorized in Executive Order 202.7 and further clarified in guidelines issued by the New York Department of State on March 25 and March 31, 2020. Curtis’ published update on those virtual notarization guidelines can be found here.
UPDATE: Executive Orders allowing virtual witnessing have been issued monthly since the initial Executive Order, with the most recent renewal on December 30, 2020, which extends virtual witnessing through January 29, 2021.
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