Ordinarily, wills must be signed in the physical presence of at least two witnesses in order to be valid. The same requirement applies, ordinarily, to powers of attorney.
These, however, are extraordinary times! Globally, COVID19 has changed the way we interact and do business. Consequently, on April 7, 2020 the Government of Ontario released an emergency order allowing the execution of wills and powers of attorney through “audio-visual communication technology.” In other words; this temporary order makes it possible to sign your will or power of attorney virtually, while your witnesses watch via Zoom, GoToMeeting, Facetime, Skype or a similar video conferencing service. One of the two witnesses must, however, be a licensed Ontario lawyer or paralegal.
We, at LNL Lawyers have adapted quickly to meet the changes necessitated by COVID19. We are well prepared to guide you through the will and estate planning process, while avoiding the potential risks and pitfalls associated with the remote execution of these documents.