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Please be aware that – although with the emergency declaration by the Governor of Louisiana which allows for certain Notarial acts to be done electronically under specific guidelines – the declaration by the Governor DOES NOT APPLY to Wills and Trusts and other legal documents which require witnesses and the Notary to all be in the physical presence of the signor. So, if a lawyer sends you a copy of your Will and/or Power of Attorney and says to sign it and email or mail it back to him/her, IT IS NOT LEGALLY VALID, as it was not signed in the presence of the Notary and witnesses. As you know, Louisiana has very specific rules regarding notarial Wills and authentic acts which requirements still need to be met even while in the midst of a pandemic.

Chip LoCoco
New Orleans Estate Planning Attorney