NEW Drive-Thru Will Signings at Burton Law LLC

Attorney Thomas B. Burton announces that Burton Law LLC will begin offering Drive-Thru Will Signings at his office for people to execute estate planning documents during the coronavirus pandemic in Wiconsin. Attorney Burton discusses how these signings will work and discusses the legal requirements to legally execute a Will in Wisconsin.


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Transcript of Video: NEW Drive-Thru Will Signings at Burton Law LLC


Okay. Welcome to today's announcement.

I'm excited to announce

a brand new option for clients during

the Coronavirus, Covid-19

pandemic here in Wisconsin, so

you might be wondering what

this is behind me well on the way

to work this morning, I was

attending a live webinar with lawyers

from all over the country

discussing ways to execute various

legal documents with clients

during the Coronavirus pandemic

and so 50 States have 50

state laws and the laws vary, according

to each state. Now in

most states when you need to execute

a will the statutes state

you need to do it in the presence

of two witnesses in general

and some states say the conscious

presence but basically after

this hour long webinar a lot of

this is interpreted by the

courts and we go look at case law

to see what that means well

there's a discussion amongst the

lawyers whether conscious

presence or presence can include

live video conference and

because we don't have any case law

on that yet we don't know so

unless the Legislature amends their

laws and there was one

Legislature I believe it was Iowa

has done a good job to allow

this and they must have done it

pre-crisis but unless the

Legislature amends their laws we

still don't know what that

means so for will signings a lot

of us are thinking we still

need to do what we're calling a

drive thru will signing and the

great news is you may be wondering

what this is behind me.

Well, this is actually my office

building and up near the

Burton Law LLC Let's see here LLC

logo is my office on the top

floor, but what you may not know is

this is used to be a Bank

building and the Bank is still here,

but they built it with a

drive thru and you can see behind

me. There's three

drive-throughs here that are not

being used 1, 2 in the Middle

and then three over here. So what

we're going to do during the

Coronavirus crisis is if you're

in a situation where you need

your will signed or your estate

plan before April 24th

which right now is the Wisconsin

order the stay-at-home order

we're going to offer you the option

to do a drive thru Will

signing where you come to the office.

You pull into the parking

ramp and then you just continue

through and there's these three

drive-throughs here. So if you see

back here, it's there's a

Wall and it's actually protected

from the wind and such too and

the nice thing is under the drive-thru.

You'll have a roof

over you because one thing I always

worry about is if I

schedule this with you and you come

and it's raining that's a bad

thing with paper documents right

so you can pull through and

I'm going to pull into probably lane

two or three here so either

the middle or the far one and then

if you see back here the

first drive through is not being

used that window but through

the back you can see there. They've

got the the Bank the tube

to come out well, we'll just come

out the back door or this

door, which you see right here

up front with the balcony and

we'll just come out and stay six

feet from your car and we

could witness you sign the document

through the car windshield.

now. If you want to arrange this,

it's going to work great. If you

think you're ill with Coronavirus

or something else or, B you

just not feeling not that you're not

feeling well, but we're taking

all the precautions to keep you

and me and our staff at that

social distancing of six feet so

the lawyers after discussing

all this for an hour a lot of them

are saying this drive thru

will option is the best and I thought Aha!

my building

actually has a drive-thru built

in that isn't being used. so

when if you wanna do this, the point

is there isn't Bank

traffic coming and going here in

fact, hardly anyone drives

through here all day. So when you

come, we would just set your

appointment time for let's say 1

'clock 1:30 You pull into

number two or number three stall

and wait for me and I come

down with the documents. We would

be wearing gloves. You have

your own pens. We pass them in you

sign your part. I would have

them marked, then you pass it out and

I would Me and the witness

would sign him there or we might run

in the office quick witness

them make a copy bring them back

to you. So I think it could be

a great option during this Coronavirus pandemic and after

talking with lawyers all over the

country, it's one that will

work and just a key thing here in

Wisconsin. I've done that

video about the remote notarization, but our law says it

doesn't work for most estate planning

documents and that Law

doesn't go into effect till May

first so unless the legislature

changes some of that that emergency

order is working well for

our financial documents and real

estate, but not for the

financial or I should say the estate

planning documents so I can

also use this to notarize a document

for you during this time.

Now. If you want to arrange this,

I ask you contact the Email or

the office by Email ahead of time

we'll have to set it up and then

the other thing it would help me

is if you could bring the

witness along you could have a witness

in the car because I'm

the only lawyer here. But if you

can't find a witness, contact

me and I can try to get someone

in the building. I've talked to

a few people who would agree to

be the witness. we just would

have to schedule it at the right

time, which would probably be

mid to late afternoon. so it's gonna

be a great option You could

pull in you're out of the wind and

the elements and with spring

coming here in Wisconsin, I think

it'll be a very good option

as we go forward with the pandemic.

so again. If you want to take

advantage of this drive-thru signing

option, contact my office

shoot me a message or by Email and

we can get the process

started because the first step would

be to have our consult by

video like this. Get your documents

drafted and then the

second step would be to set up that

signing one other note. My

new group, Wisconsin Probate, Trusts,

Estates, and Asset Protection

Info Group you'll see a link below

this video. That's my new

Facebook group designed to educate

and inform and post videos

like this and also post question and

answer video topics. And I

plan to be using it more throughout the

crisis with updates and

things like that so again, the new

drive thru Will signing is

available at Burton Law LLC and

I wanted to create this quick

video to show you exactly how it

would work. If you have any

questions, contact the office by

a message or send us an Email.

So thanks for watching, stay safe

be well and we'll see you

next time.

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