Justin, My mom is currently in the hospital, and I’m ashamed to say we never got around to having her sign power of attorney documents. Thankful she does not have COVID, but COVID restrictions are making it difficult for us to figure out how we’re going to take care of that now. Any suggestions? – Bill
Bill, I hate to hear your mother is in the hospital, and I know exactly what you’re talking about. COVID precautions have made the logistics of executing legal documents, especially at healthcare facilities, very complicated!
The first thing I’d need to confirm to be of help to you is whether your mother has the mental capacity to sign new legal documents. Even if she’s in poor health, and even if she’s hospitalized, that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t be allowed to sign legal documents as long as she can understand what she is signing.
But as for the logistics of the situation, the good news is, we can now notarize legal documents even when our notaries are not physically present at the time of the signing. However, our notaries do have to witness the signing in real time by remote means, like Facetime or Zoom. We still have to find a way to get the documents in front of your mother and get connected remotely, but at least we do not have to find a way to get your mother physically in front of a notary.
Even though I know you wish you would have taken care of this before your mother went into the hospital, there is still hope that we can get it taken care of while she’s there. As long as she has the mental capacity to understand and sign and if we can work out the logistics of getting the documents in front of her, we can take care of this. Give us a call to set up a free strategy session, then check out our website for more on the next steps you should think about when your mother gets back home.