Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, October 22, 2018

CLE on Technology and Estate Planning: The Rise of the Electronic Will

CLEThe American Law Institute is holding a webcast entitled, Technology and Estate Planning: The Rise of the Electronic Will, on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Provided below is a description of the event.

Why You Should Attend

Did you know that:

A will handwritten and witnessed on a tablet was probated in Ohio

An unwitnessed will written on a smartphone was probated in Michigan

Three states now have statutes validating electronic wills, and one of those states allows the testator and the witnesses to be in different locations

  Electronic wills are here, and they're headed your way! In recognition of the proliferation of technology in our lives, more and more states are now allowing for electronic wills. Further, a proposed uniform statute on electronic wills is nearing completion, and several start-up companies are clamoring to offer electronic wills on mobile phone applications.    If you want to stay ahead of the curve in your estate planning practice, join us for this 90 minute audio webcast to understand where we are now and where we are going with electronic wills!  

What You Will Learn

Three fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel – including the chair of the Uniform Law Commission’s Drafting Committee on Electronic Wills – will discuss:  

Which states now validate electronic wills, and which states have draft legislation under consideration?

What is the status of the Uniform Electronic Wills Act?

What will electronic wills do to your practice, and what can you do to get ready for them?

What are the concerns with authentication, security, and storage?

Will other end-of-life planning documents, such as advance medical directives or powers of attorney for health care or finance, follow suit?

Who Should Attend

Any estate planner will benefit from learning the latest developments with electronic wills and how they will impact your practice.


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There's an amazing story about a guy who left a will in his email. The email hasn't been sent and it was saved to his draft on his smartphone.
The court in Australia accepted it as a will.

You can listen to the recording here:


Posted by: Erez | Oct 23, 2018 9:40:28 AM

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