Effective 4:51 p.m., Thursday (4/9/2020), Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order permitting remote witnessing and notarization (via real-time audio-visual conferencing) of numerous types of important documents, including last wills and testaments, durable powers of attorney and other critical estate planning instruments. The order sets out specific requirements that must be met for such remote witnessing and notarization to be valid during the Public Health State of Emergency, so compliance with the details of the order is key.
This is wonderful news, providing significant relief and added flexibility for those seeking to create or update an estate plan during this difficult and uncertain time.
At Etheriedge & Associates, PC, we will continue to conduct in-person signings, while practicing reasonable and appropriate preventative measures. Thanks to the Governor’s new executive order, we will now be offering remote video signings, as well.