No. Virtual closings are not ethically permissible. Closings must be conducted, and all the documents signed, in a Georgia attorney’s physical presence. Anything else is considered unethical by Georgia’s Supreme Court and State Bar. As the Chair of the Real Property Section of the State Bar said recently: “[o]ur Formal Advisory Opinions also do not currently sanction remote closings.”

If you can’t come to closing it may be possible for everything to be signed by an attorney-in-fact. For sellers and cash buyers, that’s a super easy solution. For borrowers, signing though an attorney-in-fact will require your lender’s approval.

The best option, though is to plan to come to closing.

Harlan Florence is an Atlanta-based boutique law firm that believes there's a better way to handle your real estate closing. We'd love to work with you. Contact us today, and let's see what we can do together.
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