Electronic/virtual wills- The wave of the future?: Automatic
Date & Time
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 4:00 PM - 4:40 PM
William Hennessey
Surprisingly, the majority of US citizens do not have any type of will or estate plan and an overwhelming percentage do not hire a lawyer in civil cases. Considering that there are + 320 million people in the US, there is a large need for advancements that make estate planning easier and more convenient. What does that mean for you?
  • Will probate issues rise?
  • What about the impact of undue influence and lack of capacity? Will witnesses being present at a video-conference suffice?
  • How will electronic will services guard against misuse, including forgery? What proof will your clients need to challenge misuse?
  • How do you resolve construction issues?
  • Can it be valid in jurisdictions that don’t have electronic wills?
  • Will e-wills be usable? Will clients actually begin to use them for estate planning? Will your country recognize them?
William T. Hennessey, Gunster, USA
Anthony Partridge, Ogier, Cayman Islands