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WHF/WHFF Partner Series: Remote Online Notarization: Can I Close My Loan Over Zoom?
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
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WHF/WHFF Partner Series: Remote Online Notarization: Can I Close My Loan Over Zoom?

Amid the ongoing public welfare and economic crises, consumers continue to need access to credit - one source of which  is home loans. But social distancing orders make closing mortgage loans complicated.  Whether a notary is permitted to notarize the borrower’s signature remotely using audio-visual technology is subject to a varied patchwork of state laws.  Adding to this complexity is the question of whether the local recording office will accept the remote online notarization.  Ms. Tank will discuss these various laws and ensure that the audience knows the difference between a RON, RIN and an AVON.

The Partner Series is a virtual version of WHF’s signature Brown Bag Lunches (BBLs). Members are asked to give a donation to the WHF Foundation to attend the event (a suggested amount of $5). Nonmembers (who would otherwise not have access to our BBLs) can register for $10. Because our BBLs are typically provided free of charge, the entire amount of the donation should be tax deductible; however we cannot provide you with tax advice and recommend you consult your tax advisor.

Margo Tank, Partner, DLA Piper 
Mark Ladd, VP of Regulatory & Industry Affairs, Simplifile, LC

About the Speaker:

Margo Tank focuses her practice on advising commercial enterprises and technology companies on the full spectrum of regulatory compliance matters related to the use of electronic signatures and records to enable digital transactions in compliance with the federal ESIGN Act, the UETA and UCC Article 9-105 offered online and via mobile devices including utilizing smart contracts, blockchain technology and artificial intelligence. She also advises businesses on laws enabling money transmission and virtual currencies and other emerging payments mechanisms. Ms. Tank also advises clients on laws related to privacy and data security matters, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and on general consumer protection laws, such as the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (ETA) and federal and state unfair and deceptive acts and practices (UDAP/UDAAP) laws.


Mark Ladd is the VP of Regulatory & Industry Affairs for Simplifile, LC, provider of a collaboration platform that connects lenders, settlement agents and counties.  In this role, Ladd monitors federal, state and local initiatives that could have an impact on Simplifile’s current business operations, as well as future business expansion and line extensions.

Prior to joining Simplifile, Ladd was the owner of Addison/One, LLC, a consulting firm focused on improving and automating land records recording and management systems.  In this capacity, Ladd served as the Technology Coordinator for the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) and was instrumental in the development of the PRIA eRecording XML standards.

Ladd served as the Register of Deeds in Racine County, WI from 1994 until 2004.  During his tenure he implemented the first electronic recording system in Wisconsin, which was the tenth such system in the nation.

Active in many national trade associations, Ladd is the immediate past president of the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA), and he has previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Residential Governance Committee for the Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO).

Ladd’s background as a Register of Deeds, his involvement in the national standard setting process and experience in the private sector provides comprehensive insight into the dynamic electronic mortgage collaboration arena.


Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020   
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Location: Webinar, Zoom access information will be provided in your confirmation email 
Cost: Members: $5 suggested donation (no charge registration is available); Nonmembers: $10 donation


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