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April 28, 2020: Vermont Allows Remote Witnessing for Estate Planning Documents

On April 28, 2020, Governor Scott signed into law amendments to various statutes that allow for the remote witnessing and notarization of wills, powers of attorney and deeds. These amendments dovetail with emergency notarization rules promulgated by the Vermont Secretary of State on March 24, 2020, which will be in effect for 180 days. A similar statutory amendment should soon be enacted to allow remote witnessing of Vermont Advance Directives for Health Care.

We have been working with clients to update or implement estate planning documents but, until now, options for signing documents were limited by the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and related guidance. With the new remote witnessing rules, we can now attend to the remote witnessing of estate planning documents via videoconference.

Depending on Vermont’s re-opening schedule, we may soon be able to attend to signing documents in person, either outdoors or in a controlled indoor setting and following recommended protocols. Nonetheless, we will offer remote witnessing as an option for as long as the remote witnessing rules are in effect.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information, you may contact any member of our estate planning group: Jeanne Blackmore (jblackmore@gravelshea.com), Livia DeMarchis (ldemarchis@gravelshea.com), Kate Murphy (kmurphy@gravelshea.com), or Nancy Mongeon (nmongeon@gravelshea.com).

 

 

 

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