Estate Planning in the Coronavirus Era
June 16, 2020, by Barry Kozak
During these pandemic times, with mandatory stay at home orders and socially distancing requirements here in Illinois, many people realized their existing life planning and estate planning documents needed to be updated, or to be started. However, existing Illinois law has strict rules about the physical location and sight of visibility for witnesses and Notaries Public. Governor Pritzker has provided Illinois residents with temporary relief.
Through Executive Order, the Governor determined that we are currently in a period referred to as the "Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation related to the outbreak of COVID-19," which will end at some point in future. During the period however, attorneys can still counsel clients and assist them in properly executing and notarizing documents that comply with current law, but there might now be a few more hoops to jump through since everyone might not be able to be in one physical place at the same time.
If you are revamping your existing life planning and estate planning documents, or have decided to begin your planning journey, please rest assured that you do not need to worry about this. If you are happy with your current attorney, then please contact him or her. Otherwise, you are invited to contact us at estatelawhelp.com, and we will arrange for all of your documents to be properly executed, witnessed, and notarized.
Therefore, do not let a mask and 6 feet of distance stop you from successfully planning for your retirement, aging, estate and legacy.