As you have probably heard by now, there is some push back occurring against the Governor's stay at home order. Personally, I look forward to getting back to meeting my clients, and prospective clients, in person. Nonetheless, the stay at home order remains in place for now. This impedes people in completing many transactions, including their estate planning, but only if we do not take advantage of the technology that is available to us.
Formerly, most states required that important legal documents must be signed in person in the presence of witnesses. During the course of this epidemic, I have been doing what I can to follow that law, to get my clients documents signed in person while still protecting their health.
Recently, however, an increasing number of governors have issued emergency orders to alter the signing requirement laws, including in Michigan. This means Will, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney can be witnessed and notarized remotely, i.e., you can sign at home and the witnesses and notary can view your signing using web based video conferencing platforms. This means I can offer you the entire estate-planning process, start to finish, all completed while you stay safe at home and connected with us by telephone and the internet instead.
Please consider that especially under these circumstances, it would be most wise to get your plan done. You will have made sure that trusted people can step in for you, to take care of bills and health-care decisions if you become unable. At the same time, you will have taken care of your heirs, to protect your family's legacy as smoothly as possible when the time comes.
How quickly things change. It may be that now we can do it all by internet, to get you to the peace of mind that does not change. You will know that a trusted person of your choice can pick up the reins for you, so you or your loved ones get the care you need, and you will know that your estate legacy will be preserved and protected.
Feel free to call me or use the contact form on the right to find out how we can help you complete your estate plan without taking a single step outside your safe home.