By Executive Order 202.55 issued August 5, 2020, New York’s remote notarization and document execution procedures are extended through September 4, 2020.  This came as the previous Executive Order was set to expire, and is welcome news for New Yorkers still dealing with the practical effects of the public health emergency.  Governor Cuomo’s initial Executive Orders 202.7 (audio-video notarization) and 202.14 (audio-video witnessing of estate planning documents) have now been extended several times, and may be further extended beyond September 4, 2020. 

Throughout the pandemic, we have been supervising the execution of our clients’ Wills and related estate planning documents via audio-video technology, allowing for the completion of planning projects while maintaining appropriate social distancing.  As discussed in a previous alert, we think it would be beneficial for the current procedures regarding audio-video witnessing and notarization to remain in effect going forward.  Doing so would allow for documents to be executed as efficiently as possible – whether that means a traditional in-person execution conference, or a remote document signing via technological means. 

If you have questions about the current state of remote document execution, or about other estate planning issues, please contact Barbara Shiers, Linda Wank, Adam Osterweil or any other member of the Frankfurt Kurnit Estate Planning & Administration Group.