July 30, 2020 6 minutes to read ∙ 1400 words

Pandemic Accelerates Adoption of Laws on Remote Notarization and Electronic Wills

By Benjamin Orzeske

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Reprinted with permission from Probate & Property, Volume 34, Number 4, July/August 2020, at 6-8. ©2020 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting shutdown of non-essential economic activity greatly affected the practice of law in the United States, as courts adjusted their calendars and attorneys transitioned to working remotely from home. Before the pandemic, some attorneys regularly used videoconferencing and electronic signatures, but this year even reluctant adopters of the technology were forced to adapt and incorporate it into their practices.

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