The Governor’s office just passed Executive Order 202.14: Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency, which, among other things, has amended the laws in NY to permit the virtual witnessing of certain documents using audio-video technology.
Similar to the authorization granted in Executive Order 202.7 regarding the virtual notarizing of documents, the recent Executive Order now allows us to execute important documents, including, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies using video conferencing technology.
For clients who don’t have audio-video capabilities or are unsure of how to use or access them on their electronic devices, please call us at 585-232-5300 and our attorneys will help you any way they can. If audio-video is not possible, we have developed other creative ways to execute and witness important documents that adhere to NYS laws and the recent social distancing and quarantine recommendations.
Please do not feel like you must wait to seek advice if you have questions, concerns, or think that we may be able to help. For existing clients, you should also not feel like your matter is on hold indefinitely, as the Courts are slowly working towards virtual appearances and reopening their dockets for “non-essential” matters.
Give us a call, send us an email…we are here to help you!