During the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 we have had many questions from clients about signing real estate documents remotely. Usually clients are required to sign Land Title documents in the presence of a lawyer or notary public. Due to the risk surrounding clients having to physically appear before a lawyer or notary during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Law Society of British Columbia and Land Title Office have temporarily allowed the use of videoconferencing in real estate transactions through the use of Affidavits of Execution and the ability to swear such Affidavits remotely. This means that if you have a real estate transaction which is closing and cannot come into our office to sign your documents due to COVID-19, you will be able to do so remotely.
Other provinces have made it easier to conduct virtual signing so there will be extra costs involved, but if you are in self-isolation, have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with somebody with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact our office as soon as possible so that we can make alternative arrangements for you to sign your real estate documents.
If you are coming to our office to sign your real estate documents please note that we are taking precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Clients will be required to wear disposable gloves which will be provided upon arrival at our office. We also have a limited supply of face masks, which clients will be given the option of wearing. If you have your own face covering, please wear this to your appointment. Clients will also be provided with disposable pens and asked to maintain safe social distance while at the office.
We understand that these are unprecedented times and hope that you will feel confident in completing your real estate transaction with Porrelli Law.