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Planning an estate can be challenging regardless of the time of the year. However, if you decide that you need a will during a global pandemic, it can be even more difficult if your probate lawyers may want to engage in social distancing. Fortunately, there are ways you can handle your estate planning process remotely.
The Initial Consultation
The first thing you can do is contact a probate lawyer by phone. There is no reason why you can't have an initial consultation by phone, and there may be ways you can save time. If there are any documents that your lawyer needs, they can be faxed or transferred electronically.
Notarizing a Will
One of the obstacles you may encounter is when you must have your will signed and notarized by one or more witnesses. In the past, a notarization was only valid if carried out in the physical presence of the required witnesses. However, some states, such as Nevada, have made it legal to notarize a document virtually.
The will must be created and maintained as an electronic record. It must have a date and a signature. Also, an electronic notarization will often require other methods of proof that can show that you are who you say you are.
You may need a fingerprint, a video recording or voice or facial recognition. You may need to use an electronic signature and seal. The notary certificate is attached to the document that you sign. A probate lawyer is often required when having documents notarized in this fashion because they oversee the process. In most states, to notarize the document, the notaries must be in the state where the document is notarized for the will to be valid.
Creating a Will Without a Notary
Some states allow for the testator to write out the will in his or her handwriting and then send it to a probate lawyer electronically. Then, the probate lawyer can handle the rest of the process.
The other rules of signing a will still apply. For example, you will need to be of sound mind and will need to be at least 18 years old. Even if you live in a state where you must be notarized in person, many notaries are agreeing to meet on appointment only. However, even when you need to remain distant in the meantime, you may still be able to finish your will.
To learn more, contact a probate lawyer.Share