Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly Spring 2021

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Life Outside the Law



What It’s All About, and How It Works BY TERESA SCHARF

On Sept. 20, 2019, many aspects of notary commissions in Ohio changed. SB 263, the Notary Modernization Act, was passed by the Ohio legislature, making, among other changes, a provision for remote/electronic online notarizing of documents.

It entails new and additional requirements, including completion of a course of instruction approved by the Secretary of State and successfully passing an examination with a minimum score of 80 percent based on that training. The Notary Modernization Act also places new requirements for obtaining and renewing a traditional notary commission.

What It’s All About The Paralegal Association of Central Ohio worked in collaboration with the Columbus Bar Association to prepare its members for these changes. PACO

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