Estate Planning during COVID

May 19, 2020

Remote Witnessing of Estate Planning Documents Amid COVID-19 Crisis

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, New York State is temporarily permitting remote notarization and witnessing of estate planning and other documents. 

To address the issues imposed by strict social distancing guidelines and the closure of non-essential businesses, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Orders 202.7 and 202.14 (the “Executive Orders”), which, among other things, allow for remote notarization and remote witnessing via live audio-video conference. More specifically, Executive Order 202.14 permits the remote execution of wills, lifetime trusts, health care proxies, powers of attorney, instruments to direct the disposition of remains, and real property instruments. 

Now more than ever, people are realizing the importance of completing their estate plan to protect their loved ones and assets. Although we cannot meet in person, technology allows you to sign new or updated estate planning documents without compromising safety. If Governor Cuomo does not extend their expiration date, the Executive Orders are set to expire in June 2020.  

We encourage individuals and families to contact our office to discuss your estate planning needs.

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