Is Estate Planning Remotely With Your NY Attorney Better Than Using Legal Software?

Please note that since this blog article was published the emergency authorization allowing remote will signing has expired.

Many people are considering using legal software to prepare their wills and other legal documents under the mistaken belief that law offices are closed due to the Governor Cuomo’s recent “stay at home” order. In fact, many attorneys are now practicing from home offices and are still able to assist you.

As I explained in my earlier blog post,

by using “do it yourself” software you may be inadvertently causing future problems for your loved ones when they need to probate your will. Fortunately this need not be the case. Modern technology allows you to remotely confer with your attorney. Using your smart phone or a webcam attached to your laptop or PC, your attorney can remotely supervise your will signing before witnesses and can even record the proceedings for future use if the need arises.

Your attorney can also notarize your power of attorney pursuant to the Governor’s recent emergency order permitting remote notarization.

Despite our need to maintain social distancing you can still avail yourself of the services of an experienced attorney in the preparation and supervision of your signing these important estate planning documents.

Please feel free to call us at (718) 229-1505 for a free telephone consultation.

About George H. Dippel, Attorney at Law

George H. Dippel has been practicing law for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School and a former partner at the law firm of Rivkin Radler in their real estate/banking department. Mr. Dippel opened his own law offices in 1993 in Bayside, Queens, New York. Mr. Dippel has assisted thousands of clients throughout Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island and Westchester with their wills, probate, trusts, real estate and business matters. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Dippel has taught real estate courses in Long Island University’s paralegal program. He is also a licensed real estate instructor and has taught real estate licensing courses in the New York Metropolitan area. Mr. Dippel is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts and the Federal Eastern and Southern District Courts.
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