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Thursday, February 11, 2021 Remote Witnessing of Wills: A Step in the Right Direction The COVID-19 pandemic has incited some changes in the realms of estate and post-death planning. With the pandemic taking so many lives, many were forced to thinking about planning for their death, and they had nothing but time to do it.  Many are required to self-isolate as to not risk their health or the health of loved ones. This has placed a burden on those that want to have wills executed, given the witness requirements and other things unattainable during the pandemic. S.9 Wills Act 1837…
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Court Held That an Heir Of an Estate Who Released All Claims Against the Estate Via a Settlement Agreement No Longer Had Standing In In the Estate of Maberry, “the alleged common-law wife of an intestate decedent did not have standing to seek to remove the decedent’s daughter as independent administrator because she was not an ‘interested person’ following her voluntary release of all her rights in the estate in a settlement agreement.”  The alleged heir in the agreement agreed to accept $2000 “as consideration for compromise, settlement and release of all claim of [Harper] to any…
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 First Study On Millennial Estate Planning Finds Surge In Wills Due To The Pandemic Trust & Will, the leading online estate planning platform, recently released the findings of “Millennials and Estate Planning in an Unprecedented Year.” The study focused on millennials’ preferences for estate planning.  The results of the study revealed that of the 20,000 millennials who completed estate planning documents, 78% made a will in 2020 and 17% of them stated that “2020/The Pandemic” was the main reason for creating an estate plan.  Nearly half of millennials made an estate plan after the birth of…