Since the Covid shutdown, lawyers have been able to witness real estate closing documents remotely and that includes virtual Real Estate closings in Alberta.
A virtual closing means you can meet with your lawyer through videoconferencing to have your closing documents signed and witnessed instead of having a face-to-face meeting with your lawyer and signing documents with ‘wet ink’. At Deeded Law, we leverage the latest technologies to make virtual signings easy, efficient and client friendly.
The Alberta government recently decided to allow remote witnessing to continue indefinitely.
How Does a Video Conference Signing Work?
At Deeded Law, our lawyers can remotely witness Alberta real estate closing documents regardless of where you are located, either inside or outside of Alberta. All you need is a computer or tablet with a webcam, an internet connection and a mobile phone.
Prior to the meeting, we will obtain your written consent to proceed with a video conference signing and to take screen shots of you and your identification. We will also get a copy of your government issued identification and provide any original documents required to be signed.
To ensure confidentiality, we encourage you not to have anyone else present in the room during the video conference. During the meeting, you will be required to show the same identification previous sent to us. The lawyer will take “screen shots” and compare the photos on the identification with the individual on the video.
After witnessing you sign your documents, you will send us a PDF version or photograph of any originally signed documents. Only originals documents are required to be returned via courier using the provided
return address label.
You will receive an electronic version of all executed and sworn documents as part of the final reporting package, to keep for your records.