03102021CM0220SPRINGFIELD – In response to in-person requirements barring residents from updating their wills or establishing end-of-life plans during the pandemic, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) advanced a measure unanimously through the Senate to modernize court practices for remote and electronic filings.

“More aspects of our daily lives go digital every day, but the procedure for estate planning has lagged behind as technology advances,” Crowe said. “Providing residents the opportunity to have remote will hearings and electronic filings increases safety and efficiency.”

Executive Order 2020-14, filed in March 2020, gave notaries and witnesses the ability to finalize documents remotely during the pandemic. Crowe’s legislation works in collaboration with the executive order to allow wills to be signed electronically and hearings to be conducted virtually.

Senate Bill 72 heads to the House for deliberation.

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