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COVID-19: Estate and Succession Planning

Press, Dozier & Hamelburg’s estate planning services include supervising the execution of documents to make sure that signature, witnessing, and notarization requirements are met. While Maryland’s governor has issued an executive order permitting online execution of estate planning documents, Virginia and Washington, D.C. have not changed their requirements in response to the pandemic. Our lawyers have set up online systems to meet with our clients virtually and, when permitted by law, to carry out the execution of estate planning documents for clients remotely.

Circumstances can change at a moment’s notice. A well drafted Last Will and Testament covers important items like who will have custody of your children upon your death, and who will take title to your assets. A financial power of attorney will appoint someone to manage your financial affairs if you are unable. A medical directive not only appoints a medical proxy to act on your behalf, but also gives your loved ones insight into how you would like end-of-life decisions to be made, including the use of extraordinary measures and organ donation.

If you have a college-aged child, our attorneys can draft forms securing your right to access your child’s health information as well as financial information. And for business owners, we can review your organizational documents to make sure that someone is appointed to carry on the company business in the event of your death or disability.

The lawyers at Press, Dozier & Hamelburg provide experienced and compassionate counsel to individuals and businesses for all their estate planning and business succession needs during the time of COVID-19.  Our attorneys represent clients in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and across the nation.