Facetime Counsel

By Rosemary Liuzzo Mohamed

The Department of Health implemented a mandatory COVID-19 Travel Advisory which states “if you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days.”  

During this time, our firm was acting as bank attorney in connection with the purchase of a condominium in New York City.  A few days prior to closing, we received a phone call from the borrower’s attorney  to advise us that she was unable to attend the closing as scheduled.  She had traveled to one of the designated states with significant community spread and would now have to quarantine the mandatory 14 days before returning to NY.  

Our closing department immediately sprang into action to help make the closing as effortless as possible for both the borrower and the borrower’s attorney. 

We began by sending all documents and closing figures to borrower’s attorney in advance of closing for review and addressed all comments and concerns in the days leading up to closing.  Adjustments were completed and agreed upon prior to the closing date as well.

Through teamwork and great communication, the borrower’s attorney felt comfortable “attending” the closing by Facetime.  The borrower attended the closing in person at our office and our firm’s bank attorney held each document to the iPhone in the same order it was previously emailed for review.  The borrower’s attorney efficiently explained each document to the borrower before they were executed. 

In the end, all parties diligently worked together to make the “Facetime” closing go smoothly.  Although this method was far from traditional, it certainly worked during times of extreme circumstances!  We were not going to let a mandatory travel advisory get in the way of a successful closing.

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