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Signing Wills and Powers of Attorney in the Time of COVID-19

For centuries, the law in Illinois has required that Wills and other estate planning documents be signed in the presence of two witnesses. This has been the law even during times of depression and war.  Social distancing in the time of COVID-19 has made it necessary to temporarily change the rules concerning the signing and witnessing of these types of documents. Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order makes it lawful to sign such documents via two-way audio-visual video conferences during which the testator is deemed to be “in the presence” of the witnesses (and a Notary, if necessary) via remote video teleconferencing.


Because COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease, patients in the hospital are not allowed to have visitors and do not have the ability to sign a new Will, change an existing Will, or execute Powers of Attorney for Health Care or for Property. Our firm’s virtual signing capabilities can be invaluable in such situations.


Even as we strive to stay safe and healthy by practicing social distancing, we are utilizing the Governor’s Executive Order to assist our clients with the signing of their Powers of Attorney, new Wills or changes to their existing Wills.  We have carefully studied the Governor’s Executive Order, and we have mastered the technique for the remote signing of these important documents.  It would be our honor to assist you or your loved ones with the preparation and virtual signing of any or all of these important documents.  Please do not hesitate to call upon us if we can be of help.