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Estate Planning State Laws: Remote Execution of Estate Planning Documents

This chart highlights the state laws related to remote execution of estate planning documents, such as e-wills, remote notarization.

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StateState Allows for Remote Execution of Estate Planning DocumentsNotes
ALABAMAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/news/law-updates/al-senate-bill-275
ALASKAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/news/law-updates/ak-house-bill-124
ARIZONAAdopted E-wills and Remote Notatizationhttps://www.americanbar.org/groups/gpsolo/publications/gpsolo_ereport/2021/october-2021/electronic-wills-state-legislation/
ARKANSASAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/Acts/FTPDocument?path=%2FACTS%2F2021R%2FPublic%2F&file=1047.pdf&ddBienniumSession=2021%2F2021R
CALIFORNIARemote notarization still under discussion (Bill still in negotiation)https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1093
COLORADOAdopted E-wills and Remote Notatizationhttps://www.americanbar.org/groups/gpsolo/publications/gpsolo_ereport/2021/october-2021/electronic-wills-state-legislation/
CONNECTICUTRemote notarization still under discussionhttps://www.cga.ct.gov/2022/BA/PDF/2022SB-00099-R01-BA.PDF
DELAWAREAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://legis.delaware.gov/json/BillDetail/GenerateHtmlDocumentEngrossment?engrossmentId=25156&docTypeId=6Remote notarization will be effective on August 01, 2023.
*DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAPending Legislationhttps://lims.dccouncil.gov/Legislation/B24-0450Considering adoption of e-wills and remote notatization
FLORIDAAdopted E-wills and Remote Notatizationhttp://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0700-0799/0732/Sections/0732.524.html
GEORGIAEmergency Action ended. Remote notarization is still under discussion.
HAWAIIAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://ag.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/SB2275_HD2_.pdf
IDAHOAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/news/law-updates/id-administrative-rules-2022Allowing electronic wills is under discussion.https://legislature.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/sessioninfo/2021/legislation/S1077.pdf
ILLINOISAdopted E-wills and Remote Notatizationhttps://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=075500060HArt%2E+5&ActID=4176&ChapterID=60&SeqStart=700000&SeqEnd=1100000#:~:text=Signing%20electronic%20wills.,2%20or%20more%20credible%20witnesses.
INDIANAAdopted E-wills and Remote Notatizationhttps://iga.in.gov/legislative/laws/2022/ic/titles/029#29-1-21-4
IOWAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ico/chapter/9B.pdf
KANSASAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://sos.ks.gov/publications/Register/Volume-41/Issues/Issue-41/10-13-22-50591.html
KENTUCKYAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/news/law-updates/ky-administrative-regulations-2020
LOUISIANAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/news/law-updates/la-administrative-rules-2022
MAINEAdopted Remote Notarization effective 7/1/23http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP1503&item=6&snum=130
MARYLANDAdopted E-wills and Remote Notatizationhttps://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2022RS/bills/hb/hb0576T.pdf
MASSACHUSETTSTemporary remote notarization extended to March 31, 2023.https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-law-about-notaries-public
MICHIGANEmergency remote notarization and witnessing ended in July, 2021. Allowing electronic wills is under discussion.http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(xek3jxfgjabktbmyaadnkvq2))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=2020-HB-5795
MINNESOTAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.sos.state.mn.us/notary-apostille/notary-help/remote-online-notarization-authorization-faq
MISSISSIPPIAdopted Remote Notarizationhttp://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2020/pdf/HB/1100-1199/HB1156SG.pdf
MISSOURIAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/news/law-updates/mo-rules-remote-online-notarization-2021
MONTANAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://leg.mt.gov/bills/2019/billhtml/HB0370.htm
NEBRASKAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://sos.nebraska.gov/business-services/electronic-notary-statutes
NEVADAAdopted E-wills and Remote Notatizationhttps://www.leg.state.nv.us/nrs/nrs-133.html#NRS133Sec085
NEW HAMPSHIREAdopted remote notarization but estate planning documents cannot be remotely notarized.https://legiscan.com/NH/text/SB134/2021
NEW JERSEYAdopted remote notarization but estate planning documents cannot be remotely notarized.https://pub.njleg.state.nj.us/Bills/2020/S3000/2508_R2.PDF
NEW MEXICOAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/news/law-updates/nm-administrative-rules-2021; https://www.srca.nm.gov/nmac/nmregister/xxxii/12.9.4.htmlhttps://pub.njleg.state.nj.us/Bills/2020/S3000/2508_R2.PDF
NEW YORKAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/S1780
NORTH CAROLINARemote notarization will be effective from July 01, 2023, but estate planning documents cannot be remotely notarized.https://www.ncleg.gov/Sessions/2021/Bills/House/PDF/H776v6.pdf
NORTH DAKOTAAdopted E-wills and Remote Notatizationhttps://www.ndlegis.gov/cencode/t30-1c37.pdf
OHIOAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-147.64Remote notary is allowed, remote witnessing is not
OKLAHOMAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttp://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2019-20%20ENR/SB/SB915%20ENR.PDFRemote notary is allowed, remote witnessing is not
OREGONAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors194.html
PENNSYLVANIAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/li/uconsCheck.cfm?yr=2020&sessInd=0&act=97
*PUERTO RICO
RHODE ISLANDAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/news/law-updates/ri-house-bill-7363-senate-bill-2705
SOUTH CAROLINAAdopted remote notarization but doesn't apply to wills and trustshttps://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess124_2021-2022/bills/631.htm
SOUTH DAKOTAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.nationalnotary.org/knowledge-center/news/law-updates/sd-house-bill-1272Remote notary is allowed, remote witnessing is not
TENNESSEEAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2021/title-8/chapter-16/part-3/
TEXASAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.406.htm#406.101Remote notary is allowed, remote witnessing is not
UTAHAdopted E-wills and Remote Notatizationhttps://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title75/Chapter2/75-2-S1401.html
VERMONTAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0512/H-0512%20As%20Passed%20by%20Both%20House%20and%20Senate%20Official.pdfRemote notary is allowed, remote witnessing is not
VIRGINIAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title19.2/chapter1/section19.2-3.1/Remote notary is allowed, remote witnessing is not
WASHINGTONAdopted E-wills and Remote Notatizationhttps://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=11.12
WEST VIRGINIAAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=SB469%20SUB1%20ENR.htm&yr=2021&sesstype=RS&i=469Remote notary is allowed, remote witnessing is not
WISCONSINAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2019/related/acts/125
WYOMINGAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://www.wyoleg.gov/2021/Engross/SF0029.pdf
GUAMAdopted Remote Notarizationhttps://law.justia.com/codes/guam/2021/title-5/division-3/chapter-33/5 Guam Code §§ 33801-811