Chartwell Escrow Readies for Remote Online Notary and eClosing Services in California Amid Global Pandemic – PRNewswire

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LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Chartwell Escrow, Inc., a leading independent Southern California-based escrow company, announced today—on the heels of offering free mobile notary services to clients 65 years of age and older in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic—a new partnership with a national online notary platform. This new alliance positions Chartwell Escrow at the forefront of facilitating "virtual" notary services and serves as a complete eClosing solution when these documents are accepted for recording in the State of California.
"Remote online notary has been widely accepted in more than twenty states across the country, and is a service Chartwell Escrow has previously advocated for here in California," said Vince Foley, Chartwell Escrow President. "I believe a virtual signing platform will not only protect the notaries as well as home sellers, buyers and borrowers but will bring a much-needed solution to the real estate industry given recent events around quarantine and ‘safer at home’ requirements," Foley added. "And, with the pace at which we’re seeing change happen in not just our industry, but in all industries, in the wake of COVID-19, I’m hopeful the California county recorders offices will accept these remotely notarized documents soon, and when they do, Chartwell Escrow is prepared to be the first in California to offer it to our clients."
On March 26, 2020, the California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, acknowledged the legitimacy and necessity of remotely notarized documents when he announced the following:
"California Law does not currently provide the authority for California Notaries Public to perform a remote online notarization. The personal appearance of the document signer is required before the notary public. However, California citizens who wish to have their documents notarized remotely can obtain notarial services in another state that currently provides remote online notarization. California Civil Code 1189(b) provides that any certificate of acknowledgment taken in another place shall be sufficient in this state if it is taken in accordance with the law of the place where the acknowledgment is made."
See the entire statement here.
Chartwell Escrow’s partnership will allow for immediate access to certified and trained Remote Online Notary (RON) experts, as well as provide Chartwell Escrow notaries with training and certifications.
As an independent company, Chartwell Escrow prides itself on its ability to achieve the greatest amount of security, efficiency and productivity for every escrow and closing service the company is involved with throughout Southern California. With best-in-class communications and five-star service, Chartwell Escrow continues to be the go-to escrow of choice for buyers, sellers, lenders and real estate professionals.
The company is headquartered at 14140 Ventura Blvd., Suite 110, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 with offices across Los Angeles. For more information, please contact one of their 12 branch offices or visit:
CONTACT: Rachel Johnson, 1-720-220-6594, [email protected]
SOURCE Chartwell Escrow, Inc.

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