The Queensland Government has responded to the complexities surrounding Wills and Enduring documents resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic with passing the Justice Legislation (COVID-Emergency Response-Wills and Enduring Documents) Regulation 2020. Being welcomed by Queensland legal practitioners who have been navigating imposed social distancing and isolation measures, Solicitors will now be able to provide additional services to those vulnerable clients who may be limited in obtaining advice and services relating to Wills and Enduring documents (i.e. Enduring Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Directives).
This freshly passed legislation now permits Wills and Enduring documents to be executed by way of audio visual links – something that was not considered as part of the formal requirements for Wills under s 10 of the Succession Act (Qld) 1981. It is important to note however, that this legislation is due to expire on 31 December 2020 and is a temporary measure during the current climate.
At Robbins Watson Solicitors, we pride ourselves in utilising the advancement of technology and the adoption of progressive laws for the benefit of our clients – being a paperless firm with technical capabilities to continue to provide seamless services to our clients, we are pleased to now offer the ability to arrange for the making of, execution and witnessing of Wills and or Enduring documents by way of audio visual link. This will be particularly helpful for those clients with health concerns who cannot attend the Firm, residents in aged care facilities, and those required to practice social distancing and isolation.
If you would like to find out more on how this legislation may relate to yours or a family member’s circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact our office, and speak with one of our staff who will be happy to assist.