How can I get my Will and Power of Attorney witnessed during COVID-19?Updated July 16
Because of COVID-19, it can be difficult to have witnesses physically present when you sign your will and Power of Attorney.
In March 2021, the law changed so that wills and Powers of Attorney can be and witnessed virtually or remotely.
This means that people can have their will and Power of Attorney commissioned and witnessed in person with everyone in the same room or remotely using audio-visual technology. This includes Skype, Zoom, Webex, and FaceTime.
The law firm Hull & Hull has a checklist for:
These checklists can help you follow the rules about using audio-visual technology, for example:
- You and your 2 witnesses must be able to see, hear, and speak to each other at the same time.
- One of the witnesses must be a lawyer or paralegal, who's licensed by the Law Society of Ontario.
- Everyone must sign an identical copy of the document at the same time.
Your will and Power of Attorney is made up of all these copies.
For more information on making a will, read the question I want to write a will. What do I need to know?
For more information on making a , read the question What’s a Power of Attorney for Property and why do I need one?
For more information on making a , read the question What’s a Power of Attorney for Personal Care and why do I need one?