April 07, 2020

Estate Planning During the COVID-19 Crisis

Through video conferencing technology, we can now offer clients the ability to sign from the comfort and safety of their own homes, free of any in-person contact.

COVID-19: Remote Estate Planning

Legally enforceable, estate planning documents can now be signed entirely from the comfort of your own home.

Why does this matter?

Most estate planning documents require: (1) the signature of the client, (2) signatures of two witnesses, and (3) the certification of a notary—to be legally enforceable. For witnesses, this could be accomplished using video technology. However, there is a statutory requirement for notaries that they must be physically present at the document’s signing. However, this is no longer the case.

On April 6, 2020, Missouri Governor Mike Parsons signed an executive order suspending the requirement for notaries to be physically present for the signing and certification of legal documents.

What does this mean?

Through video conferencing technology, we can now offer clients the ability to sign from the comfort and safety of their own homes, free of any in-person contact.

We provide witnesses and a notary all through video conferencing. Likewise, we continue to offer clients video conferencing for all meetings and consultations.

*We are happy to use the video conferencing provider of your choice: Zoom, FaceTime, Google Chats, etc.


This article represents the opinion of the author and is intended for educational purposes. This article does not constitute legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. One should always consult with an experienced attorney before making estate planning decisions.

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