"Estate planning during a pandemic," South Carolina Lawyers Weekly
Posted On May 15, 2020
In an article published in South Carolina Lawyers Weekly on May 14, 2020, Melody Breeden
explains the number of challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has created for estate planning attorneys.
“Estate planning is normally very client-centered, with in-person office conferences to go over the client’s objectives and assets and make an initial assessment about the individual’s capacity to execute estate planning documents,” explains Breeden.
Aside from the few exceptions that currently exist for remote notarization as set forth in the South Carolina Supreme Court Order regarding Operation of Trial Courts During the Coronavirus Emergency, notarization in South Carolina requires physical presence of the notary, the individual signing and the witnesses.
“As we move forward, we will continue to utilize technology and see a push from many to have it replace in-person
meetings,” said Breeden.
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