By Bob Katzen
The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a bill that would authorize a notary public to notarize documents via electronic video conferencing in real time as long as both the notary and each principal involved in the transaction are physically located within Massachusetts. Documents include mortgages, wills, trusts, durable power of attorney, health care proxies and caregiver authorizations.
Supporters said that the COVID-19 virus has held up the notarization and validity of thousands of important documents across the state because all the parties are practicing social distancing, are sheltering in place and hesitate to meet in an office with other people.
“Massachusetts should join the over 30 states across the country that allow for remote notarization,” said Sen. John Keenan (D-Quincy) who was instrumental in the bill’s drafting and passage. “We should give our families and friends, faced with difficult decisions, some peace of mind.”