The Benefits of Remote Notarization in Michigan
Updated: Apr 3
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many people had never even heard of remote notarization. But now, this process has become more mainstream as people attempt to limit their exposure to the virus. So, what is remote notarization? And how can it benefit you? Keep reading to find out!
What is Remote Notarization?
There are numerous benefits to this process, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps most importantly, it allows you to complete your notarizations without having to leave your home, which reduces your risk of exposure to the virus.
Additionally, it can save you time and money since you won't have to take off work or make a special trip to meet with a notary.
Finally, remote notarization is more convenient than in-person notarization since you can schedule a session at a time that works for you instead of having to work around the notary's availability.
How Does Remote Notarization Work in Michigan?
In order for a document to be legally binding in Michigan, it must be signed in front of a qualified witness—i.e., a notary public. The signer and witness must also exchange identification so that the notary can confirm that the signer is who they say they are.
During a remote notarization, these requirements are met by exchanging ID via audio-video conference call and then having the signer hold up their ID to the camera so that the notary can confirm their identity. The signer must also verbally attest to their identity during the call. Once these steps have been completed, the document can be legally binding.
Are There Any Drawbacks to Remote Notarization?
While remote notarization certainly has its advantages, there are some potential drawbacks to be aware of as well. First and foremost, there is always a slight risk when completing any legal transaction online as opposed to in person since it's difficult to know for sure who you're dealing with on the other end of the connection.
However, this risk can be minimized by only working with reputable companies or individuals who have been recommended by someone you trust. Shannon Coffey of Notary Babe Shann LLC, is background screened, bonded, insured and in good standing with the Michigan Secretary of State. Please check me out here: Notary Public Search, Michigan Department of State
Additionally, while most documents can be legally binding when completed via remote notarization, there are some exceptions—most notably real estate documents.
If you need to have documents legally binding but don't want to leave your home or take time off work to do so, remote notarization may be right for you. This process allows you to complete your transaction online without sacrificing convenience or safety.
Just be sure to check whether or not your specific type of document qualifies for remote notarization before getting started!
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