Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a coronavirus (COVID-19) related Executive Order that makes it much easier for individuals to execute estate planning and healthcare planning documents virtually during the coronavirus crisis. The new order allows remote witnesses and remote notarization of documents, so you can now execute a will or other estate planning document virtually using 2-way audio-visual technology.
The result is that residents of Illinois can now make binding estate planning legal documents like wills and trusts, powers of attorneys, guardianships or deed without having to meet face-to-face with an attorney, risk contracting the virus and violate social distancing state and local rules and recommendations. During the current health crisis, it is easier to execute healthcare directives and have protection and peace of mind in the event of a healthcare crisis that result in your incapacity to handle your own affairs.
Previously, at least 4 people were required in a room to make the document legally binding: the person wanting the will, the attorney and 2 witnesses. Video conference software such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Hangouts makes it easy and convenient to use technology to fill the Illinois probate legal requirements.
Please Note: The new remote witnessing and notarizing virtual estate document execution options have specific requirements to qualify as legally binding documents under Illinois probate law. An experienced estate planning attorney can advise you on how to make sure your virtual estate plan is legally enforceable.
Estate planning is preparing for the future. During the COVID pandemic, the Estate and Probate Legal Group will remain open to help you protect your family. Contacting Estate & Probate Legal Group in Lombard Illinois today at 1-630-800-0112.