Governor Hogan’s Authorization of the Remote Notarization of Documents

By:  Stephen R. Elville, Principal and Lead Attorney of Elville and Associates, P.C.


steve at elville and associates“The issue of how important legal documents can be notarized during the COVID-19 emergency has been resolved.  Yesterday Governor Hogan waived the requirement of in-person notarization of documents and authorized the remote notarization of documents.  This important pronouncement means that the execution of important estate planning and other legal documents can now proceed uninterrupted despite the need for social distancing and the stay-at-home requirement.  Thanks to the leadership, foresight, and proactivity of our Governor, critical personal estate planning documents such as financial powers of attorney can continue to be implemented during the national/world health crisis.  If you or any family member are in the process of implementing or updating estate-related, elder law-related, or special needs planning-related documents, traditional notarization requirements are no longer a barrier.  Elville and Associates has responded immediately to the Governor’s Executive Order by effectuating processes and procedures for the remote notarization of documents in accordance with the Order.

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Stephen R. Elville is the principal and lead attorney of Elville & Associates, P.C., a leading estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning law firm in Maryland. Elville and Associates engages clients in a multi-step educational process to ensure that estate, elder law, and special needs planning works from inception, throughout lifetime, and at death. Clients are encouraged to take advantage of the Planning Team Concept for leading-edge, customized planning. The education of clients and their families through counseling and superior legal-technical knowledge is the practical mission of Elville and Associates. If you would like to set an appointment with Mr. Elville to discuss estate or elder law planning issues, you may contact him at 443-393-7696, or via email at    #elvilleeducation

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