Federal and state governments work quickly to enable remote online notarization to meet global crisis

As more businesses are forced to work remotely due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, several federal and state governments are moving quickly to enable fully electronic processes to keep businesses operating. On March 18, 2020, Senate Bill 3533, the…

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The changing laws on remote online notarization

On July 25, 2000, the first paperless real estate transaction took place in Broward County in Florida. That transaction involved a home purchase and financing and took less than five minutes to record. Immediately, recorded documents were returned to the…

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State Laws Authorizing Remote e-Notarization

Emergency orders and guidance issued by states on RON do not necessarily conform with the ALTA-MBA model or RULONA standards for consumer protections and anti-fraud safeguards. 48 states and the District of Columbia have either passed a RON law or…

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Electronic Notarization vs. Remote Notarization

It’s important to distinguish between eNotarization and remote notarization. While they sound similar, there’s a key difference. The first allows documents to be signed and notarized digitally BUT requires the signer to be present in the same room as the…

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Why Can’t I Just Slap an E-signature on a PDF Note?

With the industry ramping up their use of remote online notarization, emergency video notarization and remote ink-signed notarization for security instruments, the natural question is when will we see new legal authority to make it easier to electronically sign mortgage notes? The…

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