Remote Notarization Available in Massachusetts
On April 23, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed an Act Providing for Virtual Notarization to Address Challenges Related to Covid-19, allowing for remote notarization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This bill allows for notaries public to remotely perform work central to estate planning, mortgages, among other instruments. The bill gives notaries public the ability to notarize signatures via videoconferencing. Previously, notarizations in Massachusetts could not be done remotely. Attorney Hu utilizes a secure notarization platform while notarizing clients remotely on a case by case basis.
Clients Q&A are Available via Zoom
On April 4, 2020, Hu Law Office PC held its first client Q&A Zoom Meeting on Estate Planning and Real Estate Transaction during COVID-19. Attorney Hu introduced changes to real estate closing practices implemented to cope with COVID-19. Attorney Hu provided quick diagnostic on clients’ current estate plans and advised on next action plans.
Clients are informed of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered by the SBA under the CARE Act
On April 2, 2020, Hu Law Office PC sent out flyers to inform small business client updated development of government emergency funding and grants available to them. Clients are directed to apply for PPP under the CARE act. Attorney Hu advised clients in bank selection, pre-application document preparation, corporate structures, and application preparation. Attorney Hu advised clients the availability of additional funding under the EIDL’s same day funding loan. We are proud that 100% of our Clients who attorney Hu guided through the process are successful in obtaining the much needed cash funding.
Clients can reach our office conveniently through telephone, WeChat, E-mails and other social media platforms
On March 23, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24 at noon until Tuesday, April 7 at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.
Attorney Hu implemented measures for staff to safely work from home while keeping client services uninterrupted.
Clients with pending hearings in Massachusetts courts can be heard via videoconference or telephone to comply with social distancing order
On March 17, 2020, the Supreme Judicial Court ordered that, because of the public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning March 18, 2020 and until at least April 6, 2020 (extended to June 1, 2020), the only matters that will be heard in-person in Massachusetts state courthouses are emergency matters that cannot be held by videoconference or telephone. Each of the seven Trial Court departments, in new standing orders to be issued the same day, will define emergency matters for their departments. Interpreter services are still available for clients requiring interpreter services.