Wills in the Cloud – The Pros, Cons, and Inevitability of Electronic Wills

Four states now permit (or will in 2020) some version of an “electronic will,” and the Uniform Electronic Wills Act drafted earlier this year is likely to bring the concept to other states sooner rather than later. It appears inevitable…

Wills in the Cloud – The Pros, Cons, and Inevitability of Electronic Wills

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Four states now permit (or will in 2020) some version of an “electronic will,” and the Uniform Electronic Wills Act drafted earlier this year is likely to bring the concept to other states sooner rather than later. It appears inevitable that we as estate planners will need to address the issue of electronic wills and perhaps incorporate them into our practices, even if we may be reluctant to do so. To embrace this challenge, InterActive Legal has put together a panel of experts on the subject, moderated by our president, Vanessa Kanaga, to debate the pros and cons, and highlight important issues involved with electronic wills and the various electronic will laws.

Panelists will appear by live video to debate predetermined questions. Additionally, if time permits, questions will be taken from the audience. Each panelist has written or spoken on the topic of electronic wills specifically, and will bring their varied opinions to the Roundtable. Topics we’ll cover include:

• A discussion of the background of electronic wills and existing jurisprudence (that is, how we got here!)

• A debate over what the panelists see as the pros (yes, there are some!) and cons of electronic wills

• Technical questions about how to authenticate electronic signatures and prove identity, and how electronic will statutes address these challenges

• Going paperless – electronic storage of the electronic will, and what that means for estate plan updates and the eventual probate

Don’t miss this chance to get ahead of this change that will impact – and ideally benefit – your clients, as state laws continue to catch up with technology.

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