Estate Planning & Vault Manager – Virtual Witnessing

Mississauga, ON - April 17, 2020 - On March 25th, Emergent notified the Ontario legal community that it was making it's Legal Intake for Wills, a customer facing online wills questionnaire, free for use by all subscribers of Estate Planning & Vault Manager to help combat Covid-19. In the same notice, Emergent also encouraged individuals to sign a petition to update legislation to allow for the virtual witnessing of Wills in Ontario through online video platforms.  We are pleased to report our efforts with the movement were successful!
On April 7th, the Ontario Cabinet passed an emergency order to allow virtual witnessing of Wills and POA's.  The emergency order can be found here while LSO's statement can be found here.
Emergent would like to thank the legal community for banding together to encourage this legislation be updated.  While the Emergency Order only allows for the virtual witnessing of Wills and POA's for the duration of the Covid-10 pandemic, we remain hopeful legislation will be updated to allow technology to play an alternative role to physical witnessing of documents for all practice areas going forward.
We are preparing the inclusion of two additional Affidavits of Execution for our Estate Planning & Vault Manager software; one where two witnesses are in the same location and the other where the witnesses are in different locations.  As always, such additional content will be fully merge-able with information from within Estate Planning & Vault Manager.
For more information on Estate Planning & Vault Manager, click here.  If you are a subscriber to the software, Emergent's Customer Care team will notify you directly when the Affidavits are ready for use.
About Emergent
Emergent is based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and provides the marketplace with document creation, file management and client-facing portal software (including Canada's first and most popular Virtual Minute Book) specifically in the areas of Corporate, Wills, Estate Administration and Estate Accounting.  Emergent software is available on a fee-per-file basis which also includes unlimited training, updates, upgrades, help desk and automation of each firm's own precedents, all for free for customers with an Annual Subscription.
Darren Cooper
President & CEO, Emergent