In response to the need for social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19, Executive Order 7Q issued by Governor Ned Lamont on March 30, 2020 makes it easier to execute legally binding documents electronically and with fewer people in the room.
The Order further refines the electronic notary standards previously issued in Executive Order 7K. It is still a challenging process requiring that the notarial act be recorded electronically and retained by the person taking the oath for ten years.
Most significantly, the new order suspends the witness requirements for documents. For example, until the new Executive Order, deeds conveying property in Connecticut required two witnesses to be valid and binding. Excluded from the governor’s order are Connecticut wills, which still require two witnesses, but which may now be executed remotely through the use of “Communication Technology” including the witnessing requirement.