COVID-19 has made many people think about their mortality. Making a Will has become a priority for a lot of people in an effort to protect loved ones and as a means by which we can create some certainty as to our last wishes in an otherwise increasingly uncertain world.
Usually, a valid formal Will must be signed by the Willmaker in the presence of two witnesses. This requirement can present an obstacle when you take in account the current social distancing and isolation directives issued by the Government. These directives really do not make the task of signing a Will in the presence of two witnesses who are not family members an easy one.
If you die without leaving a Will, the intestacy laws of each State and Territory will apply to determine how your assets will get distributed on your death according to a prescribed legal formula. Importantly this formula may not reflect your true wishes.
Taking into account the above dilemma, the NSW State Government has introduced temporary new laws that will allow the witnessing of Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Appointment of Enduring Guardianship documents as well as other important legal documents by videoconference.
“These changes will make it easier for people to stay home and reduce physical interactions, while still completing important transactions”.
Everingham Solomons is continuing to assist our clients during COVID-19 and this includes conducting meetings via videoconference.
If you are concerned about your estate planning, it is important to know that we can assist you to put in place a Will that reflects your wishes and will bring peace of mind to you and reduce the burden on your family and loved ones when you die. At Everingham Solomons we have the expertise and experience to assist you with all of your estate planning needs, because Helping You is Our Business.
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