The South Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily amended the state’s Rules of Professional Conduct to allow attorneys to participate in and supervise the closing of a real estate transaction by way of a video conference.
Chief Justice Donald Beatty signed an order May 1 stating that the public health emergency created by COVID-19 requires changes to the normal functioning of real estate transactions.
Pursuant to the order, any necessary persons to a real estate transaction may similarly participate in the closing under the supervising attorney’s direction by way of a video conference if they consent to.
The order is effective immediately and remains in effect until Aug. 1 unless modified by the court. If social distancing guidelines remain in effect beyond Aug. 1, the court may consider extending this order for an additional period of time.