With a worldwide pandemic, it’s only natural to think about the need for a will and other estate planning documents. School, work, shopping, and many other activities have gone virtual, so why not download a form and make a will? Many online templates do not comply with state laws, and the will may not be valid. At Springer & Lyle, we can manage your estate planning needs virtually and can ensure that your hard-earned estate will pass according to your wishes.
What About Witnesses?
According to Texas law, unless written entirely in the Testator’s handwriting, a will must be signed by two witnesses over the age of 14. There are several ways to accomplish this even with COVID-19 precautions. If there are two individuals who reside in your home over the age of fourteen, they can witness your will and it will simply not be self-proved. You can always reprint and sign the document in front of witnesses and a notary after the shut-in orders are lifted. You can also come into our office where we can provide witnesses and a notary. At Springer & Lyle, we are able to practice social distancing and keep everyone at least six feet apart during the signing ceremony.
POAs and Other Documents
A will is not the only document you need to consider. Who will make medical decisions for you if you are unable to communicate? Who will manage your affairs? If you have children living at home, who will care for them? Springer & Lyle provides full estate planning services to address all of these issues. Our estate planning packet includes both a statutory durable power of attorney and a medical power of attorney, as well as a DNR order, HIPAA authorizations, and other important documents that can make life easier on loved ones in times of debilitating illness or death.
Getting Your Affairs In Order
Springer & Lyle’s experienced attorneys can help you make sure all your affairs are in order during these unprecedented times. We can help you review your assets and your individual needs to make sure your estate is handled well whenever that time comes.
Attorney Aubry Dameron at Springer & Lyle can answer questions concerning your estate planning needs and guide you through the process. Contact her at 940-387-0404 to schedule your appointment for a consultation.
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