Typically, if you wanted these documents you’d sit down with your lawyer, and discuss what these documents do, who you want in the key roles and then stop in the office to sign them. Stay-at-home orders and social distancing prevent doing things the way we used to. But there is an alternative.
Governor Lamont has issued an executive order temporarily permitting on-line remote notarization which allows notaries (and lawyers) to perform their functions remotely. That order also eliminates the need for witnesses on all legal documents, except wills. But the order allows the witnesses to be remote as well, so you can actually execute (sign) your entire estate plan from your kitchen table, even if you live alone.
If you have any need to create or update your estate plan, we can meet via Zoom or other video platform to go over your needs and who you want in the key roles, all from the comfort and safety of your home. We will then email (and mail) a draft for your review. Once your documents are ready to sign, we’ll set up a “virtual appointment” to have you sign the documents remotely.
The bottom line: COVID-19 shouldn’t stop you from getting these critical documents in place. And if you have other legal needs, our lawyers are ready to help. In person, or virtually.