Welcome to Law Consultancy Services NEW schedule for 2024! Support Services for Notaries Public Experts in the Business Management of SME Law Firms
Welcome to Law Consultancy Services NEW schedule for 2024! Support Services for Notaries Public Experts in the Business Management of SME Law Firms
Law Consultancy Services
Electronic Execution of Documents.

When the FCDO announced it would receive documents digitally and would issue electronic ‘e-Apostille’ certificates, I started thinking about what the ‘Electronic Execution of Documents’ actually means - or could mean.

Remote in-person Notarisation

Will notaries take the established principle of e-legalisation further? Remote Electronic Notarisation - quite a jump from adding a digital signature! Guidance on the process of remote in-person notarisation using Zoom.

Electronic signatures &
E-legalisation

Not all electronic signatures are equal. But using them Is quicker, cheaper, and more efficient. We tell you how to get and use an electronic signature, and how to prepare and submit documents to be electronically legalised.

The Electronic Execution of Documents.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) have accepted digitally signed documents and issued electronic ‘e-Apostille’ certificates since 22nd September 2022. They claim this new system would enable a quicker, cheaper, and more efficient service for thousands of people around the globe. And it seems that a vast number of people agree: many notaries are finding clients requesting this form of legalisation.

Of course, not all documents can be legalised this way. And not all jurisdictions accept them –yet, BUT if you are not embracing this increasingly popular method of getting documents apostilled you may find customers going elsewhere!

Is there a demand for the electronic execution of documents? 

The Electronic Execution of Documents Industry Working Group Final Report states: –

“In today’s world, individuals, consumers, and businesses demand modern, convenient methods for entering into binding transactions. Technological developments have changed the ways in which these transactions are made.”

Remote Notarisation
There has long been a demand for speed – client documents are always urgent; now, it seems, technology can provide the means to speed up the notarisation process.  But will notaries take the established principle of e-legalisation further and embrace remote electronic notarisation (REN)? Quite a jump from adding a digital signature! During our in-person and small-group Zoom seminars we consider and discuss:-
  • Remote Notarisation, Client-facing and Notary-facing Guidance
  • The Process and how ‘in-person’ notarisations can take place remotely.
ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES & E-LEGALISATION

E-signatures have a been around for quite some time and are used in very many different ways.  For example to sign: business contracts, real estate documents (lease and rental agreements), employment contracts or client onboarding, to name but a few.  But can such a signature be relied on in law?

 It is important to note that not all electronic signatures are equal. Only the most secure type is good enough for lawyers.

During our in-person and small-group Zoom seminars we consider and discuss:-

  • What notaries need to know about, and how to use, electronic signatures Legalisation service update.
  • Information and practical guidance for notaries who have not yet acquired or used an electronic signature or submitted documents to be electronically legalised.
  • How prepare a document for Electronic legalisation.

 

Current Courses

If you are you struggling with conflicts of interest, trying to balance your time, or consider that notarial work should be better integrated with solicitor’s work – you will find this CPE Zoom programme useful.

The best of both Notarial CPE worlds | No need to leave the building | Interactive small group conversations with the opportunity to ask questions |  Order and pay online and immediately download the comprehensive course notes

Self-study distance learning is designed for notaries that wish to study at their own pace. Programmes can be ordered, paid for and downloaded in one simple online transaction. Hassle free and convenient to you!

Our small-group seminars provide plenty of interaction and discussion. Many notaries return year-on-year to the useful and enjoyable face-to-face seminars.  Detailed notes are provided to act as an ongoing aide-memoire.