VATC's Annual "Last Call for CLE"- Mark Your Webinar Calendar!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Capitol Plaza is NOT able to host our popular Last Call for CLE this year.  Accordingly, we will be conducting the program via WEBINAR on June 16, 2020.

NOTE:  Because nobody would possibly sit through an all day webinar, the program will be TWO hours this year. Yes - one hour will be an Ethics credit. The other hour will be Current Developments and other exciting things.  We apologize for the abbreviated program. If you need additional CLE before 6/30/20, please plan accordingly. 

DATE:  June 16, 2020
TIME:   9 am to 11 am
CLE:     2 hours (one hour ethics)
MORE: You do need to register, so please do it now.  After registration, you will be sent webinar details closer to the event.  Click on the register now button.

Monthly Marketable Title Mayhem    

May's quiz will be available (as always) on the first Wednesday of the month (May 7th) on the VATC website.

April winners were:

John Thrasher (Ceglowski & Thrasher); Kyrik Weidman (Law Office Jonathan Weidman); Laura Gorsky (Laura E. Gorsky, PLLC); Patrick Tyler (Patrick Tyler Law Office); Tracy Kelly (Springer & Kelly); Jon Springer (Springer & Kelly).

CATIC Foundation Provides Financial Support to Vermont Food Bank and others

The CATIC Foundation, the charitable arm of the CATIC Financial Family of Companies, has awarded more than a dozen cash grants to various food banks located throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, and Florida.  CATIC's President, Jim Czapiga, acknowledged the extraordinary circumstances that we find ourselves in due to the COVID-19 crisis. The funds will support the great work these food banks do in distributing food to those who are most in need.

Underwriting Guidelines During COVID-19

For the current guidelines please visit the VATC website, news and announcements (lower right hand corner). 
What is (and isn't) RON?  

With current efforts to minimize in-person interactions, there has been a push across the country to implement emergency measures to allow notarizations to be conducted remotely. However, what processes are permissible under these emergency measures and how they stack up to other closing methods, including remote online notarization, can be confusing.
A remote online notarization (RON) is a process of notarizing a document in a digital, online platform while the notary and the signer are in different physical locations. RON involves electronic documents executed by the signer using electronic signatures and notarized electronically using an electronic version of any required stamp or seal. The electronically notarized document should then be sealed in a tamper-evident manner to prevent any unauthorized changes to the document.
In contrast, remote ink notarization (RIN), is permissible under many states' emergency executive orders, rules, legislation, and other guidance (including Vermont). RIN allows a notary to be in a different physical location from a signer and to observe the signer executing the document over a recorded video conference. The signer executes the document with wet-ink signatures and transfers the document by mail or other delivery service to the notary. 

Click HERE for VATC's checklist on how to conduct a RIN.
Click HERE for the required Notary Certification for a RIN. 

Remote Online Notarization (RON)
Remote Ink Notarization (RIN)
* Electronic documents
* Paper documents
* Electronic signatures
* Wet-ink signatures
* Electronic notarization
* Wet-ink notarization
* Signing process done in online platform 
* Signing process done on paper
   and observed over video conference

VATC & CATIC COVID-19 Resource Pages

The past month has been very overwhelming and the weeks ahead will most likely be life-changing for our industry. In addition to the emails being sent out by VATC and CATIC, please be sure to visit both resource pages: VATCCATIC
If there is a helpful resource you are aware of and it is not on either website, please email  Katie

We will continue to work with you to find solutions as issues arise. We will all get through this together. In the meantime, stay healthy and be safe.