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In order for a Will to be valid in Tennessee, the testator and two witnesses must sign in the presence of each other. For convenience, the witnesses also may sign an affidavit in the presence of a notary stating the facts required to prove the will in court. The onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing has made these “in person” requirements difficult for many.
However, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed a series of Executive Orders that temporarily waive these requirements (through December 29) and allow for remote witnessing and notarization of documents through real-time audio and visual communications such as by Skype,
FaceTime or Zoom, so long as all participants are in Tennessee and other requirements are met. The signing of a Will (as well as powers of attorney, health care directives, deeds and other legal documents) can now be done without an in person face to face meeting.
What does this mean for you? If you are interested in having your estate plan updated or created, at Hooper, Zinn & McNamee, PLLC, we have systems in place to make this process as convenient and streamlined as possible. So, whether you prefer to come meet with us in the office where we adhere to the CDC guidelines, or meet with us from home over Zoom, we would love to meet with you, discuss and address your needs and concerns, and help you create and maintain a Safe Estate.
We look forward to hearing from you and scheduling a time to meet.