TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 16, 2020

One of the many issues that Gov. Bill Lee has addressed in his executive orders during COVID-19 is temporarily suspending all statutes requiring a physical presence requirement for a notary public and witness(es), and instead allowing real-time audio and visual communication in its place. Gov. Lee  extended this provision until Sept. 30 in Executive Order 61. The order also includes language encouraging users of these tools to make preparations to implement best practices for a safe return to in-person transactions beginning Oct. 1. The TBA would like to hear from Tennessee lawyers about this important issue so we can provide feedback to the governor, the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts. Lawyers who have thoughts about the use of remote technology or the plan to return to in-person transactions are asked to fill out our short survey.