Remote Notarization: What You Need to Know

February 19, 2021  |  Carole Clark Isakson

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted more states, including Minnesota, to pass legislation permitting online notarization services for legal documents that require a notary to be present to witness the signing. The practice is popular among notaries and signers alike. However, it raises questions about who offers such services and what technology is involved. Barna, Guzy & Steffen now offers these services to our clients. Read our blog as we discuss what you need to know about remote notarization.

What is remote notarization?

Remote notarization, also known as webcam notarization or virtual notarization, is the process of appearing before a notary at the time of the signing via the Internet instead of making a physical appearance. Remote notarization is not the same thing as electronic notarization or eNotarization. This involves documents that are notarized in electronic form but still require the signer to be physically present before a notary.

What documents can be notarized remotely?

Virtually all documents that transfer an interest in real estate require that the signer’s signature be notarized. Affidavits and court documents generally require this process as well as estate planning documents. This can mean making a special trip to an office to find a notary – and how to safely handle this in current times when in person meetings may not be wise.

BGS now offers remote notarization services

BGS understands that physically visiting a notary may not always be convenient or prudent, which is why we are pleased to offer our clients remote notary services in conjunction with our professional legal services. To use this service, you will need a computer with a camera, an email address, and documents proving your identity. Our staff will work with you on the process, which takes slightly longer than an in-person meeting (and results in a small fee).

Barna, Guzy & Steffen has an outstanding team of legal professionals available to talk to you about your specific notary needs. Contact us today to determine if remote notary services are right for you. We look forward to hearing from you.