Temporary Massachusetts Law Passed to Allow Document Signings to be Conducted Virtually

The team at Surprenant & Beneski, PC is ready and available to assist with your Estate Planning needs. With a new law passed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on April 27th, 2020, our entire process can be completed from the comfort of your own home.  It allows notary publics to perform their services via video conferencing until 3 days after the COVID-19 state of emergency is lifted in Massachusetts.

By allowing this, we are able to conduct business as usual, while protecting our clients in the age of social distancing. Now, all legal documents such as Wills, Trusts, Durable Power of Attorneys, HIPAA authorizations and Healthcare proxies can now be signed, witnessed and notarized via video.  This ensures safety while remaining efficient. 

The new law is straightforward: a notary can witness signatures over video-conference after all involved parties provide ID to prove their identity, all involved parties must disclose if there is anyone with them and they must also be physically present in Massachusetts. The documents are then mailed to the notary along with a certificate of virtual notification. On the notary’s part, the video/audio must be recorded and stored for 10 years.

More than ever, COVID -19 has proven that anything can happen, to anyone at any time, so don’t procrastinate! With Surprenant & Beneski it is as easy as these 4 simple steps:

Step 1: Book a consultation

In light of the covid-19 crisis, we are currently offering phone or on-line meetings with the attorneys. On-line meetings are a safe alternative to meeting in-person where you and the attorney can see each other using video. We even have a quick tutorial to show you how easy it is to access.

Step 2: Complete your Consultation Prep Worksheet  

Providing information about you and your circumstances will make your time with the attorney focused and productive.

Step 3:  Meet with the attorney

During your 90-minute meeting you will be able to share your concerns and your goals. Then, our Attorney will provide a recommended plan and the associated pricing. At that point, you can decide what solutions to move forward with.

Step 4:  Review and sign your documents… remotely!

As of April 27, 2020, a Virtual Notarization law was passed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which makes our entire process Safe, Easy and Efficient from start to finish… all from the comfort of your own home!

We’ll make sure your estate plan stays up-to-date with both changes in your life and changes in the law. All of our clients receive a FREE Review of their estate plan every 3 years.

It’s as easy as that! You’ll be able to get back to living life knowing that you have a strategic plan that protects you, your loved ones and your assets.

Watch this quick video to see just how safe, easy and efficient it can be. There will never be a better time to get this important task done!