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Electronic Documents and Remote Signings

The Electronic Wills and Remote Witnesses Act (the “Wills Act”) was signed into law on July 26, 2021. Illinois law now permits both remote witnessing of Wills and electronic Wills. Learn what this means for your clients and discuss best practices and procedures to apply the Wills Act.
Credits: 0.5 General, 0 Diversity/Inclusion PR, 0 MH/SA PR, 3 Other PR
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Expires: July 1, 2023

Program Moderator: Heather Voorn, DDV Law, Ltd.

New Requirements under the Illinois Notary Public Act
Ray Prather, Prather Ebner LLP, Chicago
Amy Williams, Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, Springfield

Signings and Storage under the Electronic Wills and Remote Witnesses Act
(1 professional responsibility credit)
Discuss procedures for signing a will under the Act including assembling a signed paper will with remote witnesses and creating certified paper copies of an electronic will. Storage and maintenance will also be discussed.
Ray Prather, Prather Ebner LLP, Chicago
Elise McGee, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP, Chicago

Admitting Electronic Wills and Wills with Remote Witnesses to Probate
(1 professional responsibility credit)

  • Admission Requirements/Procedures
  • Issues/Procedures when the electronic will or certified paper copy cannot be found
  • Special issues for admitting a copy of an electronic will
  • Jurisdictional issues when you have an out-of-state electronic will
  • Special issues in will contests (lack of capacity, undue influence, and forgery)
  • Ethical considerations

Daniel Ebner, Prather Ebner LLP, Chicago
Hon. Daniel Malone, Presiding Judge of the Probate Division, Cook County, Chicago
Sarah LeRose, Law Office of Leonard J. LeRose, Jr. Ltd., Chicago

Let’s Practice: Sample Signings under the Act
(1 professional responsibility credit)
Two sample signings: an electronic will being signed and witnessed remotely and a paper will being signed, witnessed, and notarized remotely. Review sample documents for self-proving attestations, certified paper copies, and assembling wills.
Neil Goltermann, Momkus LLP, Lisle
Renee Hunter,
Notarize, Detriot
Oana Militaru,
Di Monte & Lizak, LLC, Park Ridge
Ray Prather,
Prather Ebner LLP, Chicago
Heather Voorn, DDV Law, Ltd., Orland Park, Oak Brook, Chicago

Adjourn


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Expires: July 1, 2023

Program Moderator: Heather Voorn, DDV Law, Ltd.

New Requirements under the Illinois Notary Public Act
Ray Prather, Prather Ebner LLP, Chicago
Amy Williams, Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, Springfield

Signings and Storage under the Electronic Wills and Remote Witnesses Act
(1 professional responsibility credit)
Discuss procedures for signing a will under the Act including assembling a signed paper will with remote witnesses and creating certified paper copies of an electronic will. Storage and maintenance will also be discussed.
Ray Prather, Prather Ebner LLP, Chicago
Elise McGee, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP, Chicago

Admitting Electronic Wills and Wills with Remote Witnesses to Probate
(1 professional responsibility credit)

  • Admission Requirements/Procedures
  • Issues/Procedures when the electronic will or certified paper copy cannot be found
  • Special issues for admitting a copy of an electronic will
  • Jurisdictional issues when you have an out-of-state electronic will
  • Special issues in will contests (lack of capacity, undue influence, and forgery)
  • Ethical considerations

Daniel Ebner, Prather Ebner LLP, Chicago
Hon. Daniel Malone, Presiding Judge of the Probate Division, Cook County, Chicago
Sarah LeRose, Law Office of Leonard J. LeRose, Jr. Ltd., Chicago

Let’s Practice: Sample Signings under the Act
(1 professional responsibility credit)
Two sample signings: an electronic will being signed and witnessed remotely and a paper will being signed, witnessed, and notarized remotely. Review sample documents for self-proving attestations, certified paper copies, and assembling wills.
Neil Goltermann, Momkus LLP, Lisle
Renee Hunter,
Notarize, Detriot
Oana Militaru,
Di Monte & Lizak, LLC, Park Ridge
Ray Prather,
Prather Ebner LLP, Chicago
Heather Voorn, DDV Law, Ltd., Orland Park, Oak Brook, Chicago

Adjourn


= IICLE® Publications Author

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Program Date8/18/2021
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