Information Centre – Response to COVID-19

Important Updates for Legal Professionals in Response to COVID-19

Provincial governments, law societies, and other legal authorities are adapting and releasing new guidance frequently as the situation around COVID-19 progresses. At DoProcess, we are here to support you and help you adapt to these changes. We will use this information centre to post new important industry updates as they become available along with any related changes DoProcess is making to your applications in support of these new changes.

DP Updates

  • April 9, 2020: Following the changes made by Service Alberta, Land Title branch, we have added forms to Unity and The Conveyancer in Alberta to support video conferencing.

Law Society of Alberta

  • April 6, 2020 Update: Guidance for Video Conference Witnessing and Commissioning of Documents Submitted to Land Titles for Registration
  • April 6, 2020 Update: Land Title document changes to support virtual signing
  • COVID-19 FAQs: Includes business practices, virtual client identification, virtual commissioning
  • March 17, 2020 Update: Anti-Money Laundering Client Identification and Verification Guidance was released

DP Updates

  • April 2, 2020: Following the April 1, 2020 LTSA update which allows for remote witnessing of affidavits in land title applications, ProSuite and Brief Convey have been updated with new Affidavits of Execution.

Law Society of British Columbia

  • COVID-19 Information: Updates and FAQs on topics including remote witnessing of affidavits, business practices, and virtual commissioning
  • March 17, 2020 Update: Guidance on client identification and verification during COVID-19

LTSA

  • April 17, 2020 Update: Following inquiries for clarification on the practice of remote witnessing of affidavits in support of land title applications, the LTSA has released a set of FAQs on the topic.
  • April 17, 2020 Update: The LTSA has updated the list of supporting documents for which a true copy may be used in place of the original document.
  • Announcements through the LTSA website
  • April 1, 2020 Update: UPDATE: LTSA Temporarily Allows Remote Witnessing of Affidavits in Support of Land Title Applications During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • March 24, 2020 Update: LTSA Guidance for Witnessing Requirements under the Land Title Act During the COVID-19 Situation

DP Updates

  • April 2, 2020: Following the April 1, 2020 update which allows for the video witnessing of transfers and other instruments as a temporary accommodation, Declarations and Letters are now in Unity and The Conveyancer’s Master lists in Manitoba.

Law Society of Manitoba

  • COVID-19 Updates: Includes business practices, virtual client identification, virtual commissioning
  • May 22, 2020 Update: New Orders under The Emergency Measures Act, Manitoba for video conferencing or in person procedures for the commissioning and witnessing of Statutory Declarations, land titles documents and other actions
  • May 13, 2020 Update: New checklists for carrying out specific actions in person
  • April 1, 2020 Update: Video Witnessing of Land Titles Documents
  • March 19, 2020 Update: Anti-Money Laundering Requirements (Client Identification and Verfication)
  • March 18, 2020 Update: Execution of Affidavits and Declarations

Law Society of New Brunswick

  • COVID-19 Updates: Includes business practices and FAQs
  • Update: Commissioning and witnessing documents via video conference

Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

Law Society of Ontario

Federation of Ontario Law Associations

  • April 17, 2020: MCAP and RMG refinances may once again be closed through FCT, FNF, or individuals solicitors given that virtual closings are now an option
  • April 15, 2020: Scotiabank and Royal Bank of Canada now accept documents signed remotely
  • COVID-19 & the Practice of Law: COVID-19 updates for lawyers in Ontario
  • Update: Basic approach for remote signing including information on virtual commissioning and video conferencing checklist

DP Updates

  • March 31, 2020: Forms required to witness the signing of authorizations by title owners and interest holders remotely added to Unity and The Conveyancer’s Masters lists in Saskatchewan.
  • March 31, 2020: The Declaration of Lawyer Who has Witnessed Documents via Electronic Means Form PD1 has been added to Unity and The Conveyancer’s Masters lists in Saskatchewan.

Law Society of Saskatchewan

  • COVID-19 Updates: Includes business practices, remote execution of certain documents and cybersecurity risks
  • March 26, 2020 Update: Video conferencing checklist in response to Government of Saskatchewan enacting new emergency regulations