I am doing consultations via phone only. Call for an appointment. 972-836-9091. The Probate Section of the Texas State Bar is waiting and hoping for an emergency ruling that may lift notary restrictions on wills and POAs. Read more below.
Due to travel restrictions and "shelter-in-place" rules my office is not currently drafting Wills. Even if you are able to provide two disinterested witnesses for a will, it cannot be notarized remotely under current law (as of March 26, 2020.)
You can write a holographic will (in your own hand) without witnesses or notarization, however, two disinterested witnesses will need to appear in Probate Court to testify as to your handwriting. If you are in an emergency situation call me and I will provide appropriate language to use in your holographic will.
Statutory Durable POA
A Statutory Durable POA requires a "wet" signature so a digital signature is not valid. Under Texas law, a Remote Notary is only allowed to notarize a digital signature.
The Probate Section of the Texas State Bar is waiting and hoping for an emergency ruling that may lift notary restrictions on wills and POAs. Stay tuned.
Medical Directives and Medical POAs
I can still draft Medical Directives and Medical POAs, however you must pay an extra fee of $31+ to a Remote Notary for each Notary Stamp. A Remote Notary can only notarize the signature of a US Citizen who has a SSN, has a credit history of at least 7 years, and who has a valid (unexpired) driver's license. Information from this is used to vet each person before their signature can be notarized. You must also have a webcam as the audio and video of the execution of the documents are stored electronically.
I am still accepting Probate work because the Collin County Probate Court is allowing telephonic testimony at uncontested hearings. Call me for an online consultation to discuss your case.
When you receive the death certificate, mail it along with the original Will, the completed Probate Intake Form and Engagement Letter (on the Forms page) along with the appropriate retainer fee. Only use USPS Priority Mail with tracking. You can print the shipping label at home using Click-N-Ship. Telephonic hearings are being scheduled for uncontested matters.
I am not currently accepting guardianship work.