Legal-Ease column: “Document signatures and social distancing”

Ohio passed new legislation that allowed for certain people to notarize people’s signatures, even when that notary public is not physically present with the signer.  The new “remote notary” law requires expensive classes, extra tests and pricey software.  However, “remote/electronic” notaries have the ability to notarize signatures on documents even when the documents are signed at a location different from where the notary public is situated.

The biggest requirements for the person who is signing a document that will have his or her signature notarized remotely is that the person…

Read more about this in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: “Legal-Ease column: “Document signatures and social distancing”,”

Source:, “Legal-Ease column: “Document signatures and social distancing”,” by Lee R. Schroeder, March 28, 2020.

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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