On March 31st, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order that makes it easier for real estate documents to be executed safely during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Many real estate documents to be recorded in Georgia, including deeds of conveyance and deeds to secure debt, are required to be executed in the physical presence of a notary public and a witness, who must also execute the instrument. Now, pursuant to the Executive Order, those instruments can be signed in the presence of a notary public and a witness remotely via a mechanism that provides both real-time audio and video communication. As a result, real estate closings and loans secured by real estate can take place completely virtually and socially distanced.
The Executive Order will continue for as long as Georgia remains in a Public Health State of Emergency. On April 13th, Brian Kemp extended Georgia’s Public Health State of Emergency until at least May 13th, 2020.
The full text of the Executive Order can be found here.
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