Ms. DeSantis will discuss the specifics of the Ohio Notary Modernization Act and its implications on Ohio notaries. Senate Bill 263: The Ohio Notary Modernization Act overhauled Ohio’s notary laws by centralizing the application process to ensure consistent standards across the state. Under the new law, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office will process and manage the notary application and renewal process in Ohio, as well as investigations and discipline. Additionally, the law places a stronger emphasis on educating notaries throughout their tenure to ensure that all notaries remain aware of their obligations. Finally, recognizing that transactions are moving off paper and to a digital format, the new law creates the ground work for permitting electronic and online notarial acts. As the way we do business has changed in 2020, the need for remote online notarization is even greater. This presentation will cover best practices for electronic and online notarizations during a time of social distancing.
Allison DeSantis, Esq., Office of the Ohio Secretary of State
Allison DeSantis is an accomplished attorney who has spent much of her career in public service focused on business and regulatory law. Since 2008, she has served as the Director of Business Services for the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and became the Assistant Deputy Secretary of State in 2019. In this role, Allison has overseen efforts to improve the quality of services provided to the business community through a number of innovative modernizations. Allison’s knowledge and experience led the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA), a professional association for government administrators of business organization and secured transaction systems, to elect her president in 2015 and again in 2020. As a member and past president of IACA as well as a member of the Notary Public Administrators, Allison has continued to build on her expertise in the areas of business registry law, technology, and notary law. Allison earned both her undergraduate degree in communications and juris doctorate from the University of Dayton.