Friday, February 4, 2022
Article: Cross-Border Attestation and Interjurisdictional Wills
Richard F. Storrow recently published an article entitled, Cross-Border Attestation and Interjurisdictional Wills, Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law ejournal (2021). Provided below is the abstract to the Article:
After nearly two years of difficult effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak, remoteness is firmly embedded in the American psyche. Throughout the country, emergency orders permitting will execution and attestation to be conducted by simultaneous audio-visual transmission have allowed estate planning to proceed. There are currently bills in some state legislatures to make permanent the temporary emergency measures adopted during the pandemic. Remote execution and attestation may be here to stay, even in a world where electronic wills remain rare. This article addresses what is likely to become a more familiar manner of will execution in a post-pandemic world and will test the admissibility of interjurisdictional wills to probate against existing rules of probate jurisdiction, choice-of-law norms, case law, and the new directions in will execution forged during the coronavirus pandemic.