TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Apr 9, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee today issued Executive Order No. 26 suspending current law to facilitate remote notarization and witnessing of documents. The Executive Order temporarily suspends all statutes requiring a physical presence for a notary public and witness(es), under certain conditions such as real-time audio and visual communication including Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, etc., among others. With COVID-19 impacting more and more people, many have prioritized setting up wills and healthcare directives. Gov. Lee’s executive order will allow the execution of wills and other legal documents without the in-person contact that risks exposure to COVID-19. The TBA had established a Remote Notary/Witness Task Force and has been in touch with the governor’s office and the Tennessee Supreme Court on this issue. "The The TBA sincerely appreciates the governor and the Tennessee Supreme Court allowing our organization to provide input on this very important issue," TBA President Sarah Sheppeard said. "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have benefited from the judicial and executive branches allowing us to weigh in and provide our members’ input on critically important issues, and we sincerely appreciate that courtesy and the consideration that our input has been given.”