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Estate Planning and Administration News

Posted on: Apr 8, 2021

By Jeff Dible, Frost Brown Todd LLC

According to this web page on the Indiana Supreme Court's website, the order in Case 20S-MS-237 that permitted remote witnessing of Wills has been extended to July 1, 2021.
The ISBA's bill on remote witnessing and signing in counterparts, House Bill 1255, was passed by the Senate with amendments on March 23. The changes in HB 1255 will be effective upon enactment. As of April 7, the last action on HB 1255 that shows up on the General Assembly website is the April 1 roll call vote (84 to 1) by which the House concurred in the amendments made to the Bill on the Senate side. We won't know the date of enactment until after Gov. Holcomb can sign the Bill, and that will be the enactment date.  Thus, if things go swimmingly, the House Enrolled Act should have an effective date well before July 1, 2021, and in the meantime, we can continue to rely in the procedures authorized by the Supreme Court in MS-237.

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