Updated 2:01 p.m. CT, March 19, 2020

DSPS Update

Per the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), “All DSPS walk-up counters are closed until further notice. Customers are encouraged to submit forms, applications, and requests online. The Hill Farms Office Building, which houses the DSPS service counter, remains otherwise open to the public as of March 18, 2020.” This information can be found at https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/Home.aspx.
Updated 1:31 p.m. CT, March 19, 2020

Remote Notary Update

While a great many things can be accomplished electronically in a real estate transaction, there are still a few documents under Wisconsin law that require notarization to occur in person. However, with social distancing concerns relating to COVID-19, there has been an increase of questions and concerns from people not wanting to go into an office to sign certain documents.

Recent legislation regarding Remote Online Notarization (RON) was signed by Gov. Tony Evers in early March and was not effective until May 1, 2020. RON allows for remote or e-notarization in Wisconsin, which essentially allows consumers to have certain documents notarized remotely, including deeds and mortgage documents, rather than in person. [Full story]

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