Currently, you cannot virtually notarize a document, but what do you do if you need to get your estate plan signed during the current coronavirus pandemic?
You probably do not want someone coming inside your home to notarize your documents right now. During this time, you may feel especially compelled to finalize your estate plan with so much uncertainty. Mendes Weed, LLP is open and willing to help you with your estate plan. However, this still does not solve the issue of how to get these documents formally signed.
In CA, your will must be signed in the presence of two witnesses who also sign and attest to the document. Many of your documents, including your trust must be notarized. According to this article, many estate planning attorneys across the country are running into issues with getting their clients’ estate plans fully executed during this time. One attorney even described all parties involved in the estate planning signing having to stand in the driveway far away from each other while the client signed documents, and everyone wore masks.
Could it be that notaries will finally be able to notarize documents virtually? We will be keeping an eye on this issue over the next few weeks.
If you have any questions about your estate plan, including your will, trust, durable power of attorney, or advance healthcare directive, please feel free to reach out to us at (925) 390-3222. We are here to help you during this difficult time.