Thurlow & Thurlow, P.A.
is one of Stuart's oldest and most respected law firms, established
in 1955 by Thomas H. Thurlow, Sr. Conveniently located in historic downtown Stuart,
Thurlow & Thurlow, P.A. provides prompt, thorough and
personal attention to our clients in the areas of:
Important COVID-19 update and notes
regarding remote signing:
Client service, safety
and security are our priorities during these times of uncertainty.
At Thurlow & Thurlow, P.A., we pride
ourselves on being a technology-driven firm enhanced by personal
attention while ensuring document security. During this COVID-19
crisis, we have leveraged our technology in order to continue
uninterrupted service to our clients.
have received numerous calls requesting copies of existing
estate planning documents. If you are a current or past client
who authorized the client portal, your documents are available
securely online and can be shared securely with others.
You can reset your password yourself if you have forgotten
it. If your documents are not in our portal, we can usually
make them available within an hour. An
Android app is also available for download.
before COVID-19, we were using our
client portal to
securely transmit draft estate plans and other paperless
documents to our clients.
of meeting clients in person, we continue to use Zoom
and telephone conferences. To ensure everyone's safety, final
review meetings are conducted via Zoom or telephone conference
with the documents in the client portal or mailed at the request
of the client.
documents are ready for signature, clients can quickly and
conveniently stop by our office, while still practicing proper
COVID-19 distancing and protective measures. Signings occur in
person but at a distance in our large conference room.
All client files are 100% digital.
Our staff has always been able to work remotely with secure VPN
access to every document in our files and software applications
that are available at their office desks. Any older paper files
are always backscanned before reopening.
many firms are playing catch up, we have always been on the
cutting edge when it comes to "paperless" document management.
Every document, note and envelope entering the office is scanned
and managed electronically with our sophisticated document
management and workflow system.
We use our client portal for legal
electronic signing of certain
non-witnessed, non-notarized documents such as real estate
contracts, probate pleadings and agreements.
continue to implement
e-filing with the Florida courts,
e-recording with the Florida clerks. Many transactions are
100% paperless from us, to client, to the court and back.
In Florida, remote online notarization (RON) of wills and
revocable trusts is
not allowed by law until July 1, 2020. Even when
available, systems such as Zoom or Facetime cannot
be used. Other Florida documents, such as deeds and powers of
attorney, may be signed with a RON, effective January 1, 2020.
However, only specific licensed RON providers can be used, with
specific requirements for audio-video communication, electronic
journals, credential analysis and knowledge-based identify
proofing. These providers include,
DocVerify. RON is not
available for a “vulnerable adult” as defined in
Section 415.102(28) of the Florida Statutes. Additionally,
certain powers cannot be given in a RON-executed power of
attorney unless the witnesses are in the physical presence of
the principal (assuming the notary is remote). A RON signing typically costs $25 per document. RON will undoubtedly create
more opportunities for estate plans to be challenged. For these
reasons, we do not recommend RON for estate planning
documents unless absolutely necessary and not at all for wills
and trusts until after July 1, 2020. During the COVID-19 crisis
we have referred clients to RON providers for the execution of
documents that are allowed by law. However, we find that our
quick, distanced, in-person signings are much more practical,
less expensive and much less prone to subsequent challenge.
Todd Thurlow has taken the required courses and contacted our
bond provider to become a RON. However, the RON providers are
simply not ready for estate planning documents with external
notaries and are currently overwhelmed by the demand for RON
real estate closings during the COVID-19 crisis. If you have
any additional questions regarding remote signings, please give
us a call.
do not use cloud storage for operations like other firms. Only
the few documents transmitted or stored in our client portal are
“in the cloud”. All digital client information is stored
securely on site, with shadow copies, mirroring, multiple
redundancy and nightly offsite vpn non-cloud backup, in addition
to offline offsite backup. Clients can rest assured that their
privacy is of utmost priority. We ask that you use the
client portal or
our secure upload page
to send us confidential documents. Do not send confidential
information within emails or attachments.
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