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Even as vaccines roll out and gathering restrictions ease, it’s important to remember that we’re still very far from what was once business as usual. Even in the age of Covid-19 it’s important to be proactive about the closing process. When the time comes to set up your closing, keep an open dialogue between you and your real estate agent, title company, and your attorney, Frank B. Pallotta Law. The worst that can happen is to be confused and blindsided by a hiccup or complications at the finish line. 

What Remote Closings Look Like

Last year we did an overview for how Covid19 changed real estate law. Our process remains mostly unchanged. The final meetings are done on the AVCT service of choice (“Audio Visual Communication Technology,” such as zoom, Skype, etc.) and paperwork is transferred through overnight FedEx. The documents must be signed and sealed on camera to ensure they are valid and correct. 

How To Set Up Your Computer For Remote Closing

If you’ve been around the internet, you’ve surely seen the dozens of “Cat-Lawyer” memes that have come out during the last year. While these memes can be hilarious in the moment, the impact on the particular situation can be devastating for those involved. 

Be sure that you have a strong, stable, and secure internet connection before proceeding. You don’t want to deal with lags or getting your video cut off in the middle of signing your paperwork. If you’re used to buffering and lags on your wifi it might be worth investing in an ethernet cable for the event. They’re relatively inexpensive and can save a major headache. And be aware, in most internet plans your upload speed is different from your download speeds, so while you might not experience lags on Netflix, you might lag on your Remote Closing call. 

Next, if it’s your first time using the program spend a few moments fiddling on it. Give a test call to a friend or family member and ensure the audio is clear coming in and going out. Most built in webcams and microphones should work without issue, but it’s better to test just to be sure first. The fewer things that can go wrong at the last moment the better.

Also, make sure you know how to turn on and off the green screen and filter options so you don’t end up on the meme list. 

What Do I Do If I Have More Questions?

Especially in the age of Covid19, the closing can be a complicated and nerve wracking process. We are experts in the field of Georgia Real Estate Law. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate and give us a call! At Frank B. Pallotta Law we are licensed Real Estate Lawyers with 20 years of experience helping our clients in Georgia navigate the closing process. Reach out to us with your questions. We’re here to help.