States, Counties, Online Notarizations and Complications
New complications are as states move to go forward with online signings.
As states move to approve their versions of RON signings, it has come up across the country where specific county or local laws prohibit things like the way recordings are legally performed. This is now leading to a move to get specific counties to jump on board.
But, that is easier said than done, and certain states could have ongoing issues.
There are still limitations to the usefulness of RON, and it remains to be seen if these limitations will recede over time. While all counties in Oregon now accept electronic recording of documents notarized by the traditional in-person method, not all counties accept documents notarized by RON.JD Supra
A Tad Bit Confusing
Maybe more than a tad.
The variety of laws regarding online signings and the variety of hurdles remain significant. While there is no doubt what direction we are headed in, the path to the destination may seem like the Wonderful Wizard of RON.
As we continue to travel the maze, we would recommend you get any training and/or licensing you need. You will need.
How Can You Avoid a Potentially Invalid Signing
To be honest, there is probably no perfect solution.
But, work with your clients, the ones who do business there. They cannot operate if the signing is invalid, so they are quite invested in the situation.
You can try to check by using a search engine, but that may be futile. Even if you find what you are looking for, does not mean you understand it.
But, we would recommend to know your area. Even if that means calling or going personally to ask. It may not be the core of your business, but it sure would seem that you know your business if and when it comes up. And if you are properly networking in the community, it will come up sooner or later.
Imagine being able to step in and rectify a problem before it starts. Now that kind of expertise and customer service will go a long way into making you their go to notary.
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