**UPDATED MAY 19, 2020 - Ministerial Orders under the Emergency Program Act now provide that wills may be witnessed while the will-maker and witnesses are in each-others "electronic presence". This is discussed further below) **
(originally posted April 16, 2020)
In the last month or so, our firm has noticed a sudden uptick in the number of people inquiring about making a will. Being optimists, we hope this is merely a matter of folks finally having the time to think about estate planning as they are stuck at home. At the same time though, this is also a particularly difficult time to make a will, as most law offices, including ours, have instituted social distancing measures reducing meetings with clients. Worse yet, some of the people most in need of making a will are also the people who should be avoiding outside contact at all costs.
While it has been easy for us to handle estate planning consultations and to take wills instructions via telephone and videoconferencing appointments, the bigger challenge has come with ensuring the proper execution of wills.