New law allows for electronic signing of wills, trusts, powers of attorney

May 30, 2018 By Olivia Covington
The Indiana Lawyer

Though the law has a reputation for being resistant to change, new legislation that will take effect this summer is designed to give estate planning attorneys the opportunity to embrace technology when advising clients about probate documents while allowing more traditional lawyers to conduct business as usual.

The Indiana General Assembly fell just one vote shy of unanimously passing House Enrolled Act 1303, a bill that gives clients the option of executing electronic wills, trusts and powers of attorney. The crux of the legislation is the ability to electronically sign probate documents, a feature estate planning attorneys say is not yet prevalent nationwide, but will be soon.

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