Agreement contract

COVID-19 - Video Witnessing Now Legal

Andrew Aitken

The NSW government has introduced a new temporary regulation to reduce face to face contact during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

Now video conferencing technology such as Skype, Zoom etc. can be used to witness certain legal documents including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Forms of Enduring Guardian, Statutory Declarations, Deeds and the like.

There is still a visual requirement for the signing which must be in real time so that the signature that is applied can be confirmed as real.

There are options as to how the witness signs, whether it be on a copy of the document or a scanned hardcopy such as in a counterpart.

It is important to understand that this regulation will only be in place for an unspecified time during the pandemic and the long standing methods of signing and witnessing remain valid.  

Please let us know if we can assist you with any signing required under this regulation, which is naturally there to keep our clients, lawyers and staff all safe and well. Feel free to contact Andrew Aitken for further advice.

If you would like to keep up to date with Alerts, Insights and upcoming events, you can subscribe to our mailing list here.

View related insights

Wills-and-estates-360-x-240

Important Wills and Estate considerations with changing COVID-19 restrictions

4 Aug 2020

The Victorian Government has this week announced that Metropolitan Melbourne will enter into stage 4 lockdown and rural Victoria will enter into stage 3 lockdown.

View
AJ-Divorce cover

Family Law Video Alert: Divorce

8 May 2020

Amy Jenkins, Principal from Russell Kennedy's Dispute Resolution team, outlines the divorce process and considerations for applying for divorce.

View
Female signing documents - 360x240

Asset Allocation and Rebalancing

8 May 2020

Often you would hear from financial planners and read articles about how asset allocation and rebalancing is one of the key disciplines for financial planning.

View