Many parents with young children are asking what they can do to be prepared if they get sick with COVID-19 and are incapacitated temporarily, or do not recover. Two issues are keeping parents up at night:
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.
This article originally appeared on Citybizlist as part of a series featuring Burns & Levinson attorneys helping businesses and individuals navigate the many challenges that COVID-19 presents.
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-19, andSuperior Court Standing Order 3-20: Protocol governing Superior Court proceedings during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Courts have essentially closed, and “non-essential” law firm personnel have been ordered to work from home as much as possible, but that does not mean your probate litigation case must be held in limbo. Here are our Top 5 strategies for remaining proactive in pending and anticipated probate litigation matters.
Many of our clients are in the midst of settling the estate of a deceased loved one or have just had a loved one pass away and are wondering what comes next. An event such as this has both personal and legal consequences. Below are observations on issues that may immediately present themselves.
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.
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.