Estate Planning

New Law Allows Temporary Use of Videoconferences to Notarize and Witness Legal Documents

On April 27, 2020, Governor Baker signed a new Massachusetts law legalizing the use of videoconferencing services in signing documents before notaries public and witnesses during the COVID-19 crisis. This will allow real estate closings, the execution of estate plans, and the signing of other documents that require such formalities to take place remotely. The new law expires by its terms three (3) business days after the end of the Governor’s March 10, 2020, Emergency Declaration. The new law has several requirements that must be strictly observed. read more

The Impact on Probate Litigation

What are the Courts doing to stop the spread?
The Supreme Judicial Court, the Probate and Family Courts, and the Superior Courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have taken extraordinary measures to reduce the amount of foot traffic into our courthouses in order to help limit the spread of the virus.  The Courts issued the following unprecedented, relevant Orders governing courthouse practices during this pandemic, effective March 18, 2020:  Order in re: COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic,  Standing Order 2-20: Court operations under the exigent circumstances created by COVID-19andSuperior Court Standing Order 3-20: Protocol governing Superior Court proceedings during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. read more

Estate Planning in a COVID-19 World

The reality of COVID-19 has forced many individuals to address the “what if” scenarios that were previously unthinkable, or at least the situations that no one ever wants to talk about or to deal with.  Many clients are calling to start or update estate plans that they have previously placed on the back burner. Here are five things you should know in order to get that done. read more

Signing Estate Planning Documents in a COVID-19 World

Many clients are reaching out to execute estate plans they have delayed finalizing and signing. There are many options to get this accomplished. Depending on the circumstance, it may be appropriate to sign the documents in one of our offices or at your home, in either instance while practicing social distancing and wearing gloves and masks. However, there are other options to get your estate planning documents signed and in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are five things you should know. read more