Estate Planning During The Time Of COVID-19

We are all experiencing many different emotions at this unique time in our lives and each day brings different challenges. It seems as though each day, sometimes each hour, brings something new to which we must adapt. Whether it is becoming the stay-at-home parent, morphing into your children’s teacher, working from home, or even being out of work, we are all trying to adapt to this new, but temporary, way of life. Things will get better, but right now we are all dealing with an enormous change, and with that change comes the stress of uncertainty. We have heard from people concerned that they do not have a Will, any healthcare directives, a Power of Attorney or maybe even a Trust to protect their loved ones if something were to happen. All of these types of documents are what we would refer to as “estate planning”.

Donnellon, Donnellon & Miller: Estate Planning Attorneys

The attorneys at Donnellon, Donnellon & Miller are currently available to help you create any of the above-mentioned documents and build a sound estate plan and properly execute those documents, so that you and your family are protected. We’ve heard many people over the years, not just during this time, say that they have created their “Will” by writing their wishes down on a piece of paper and giving it to their children or family members. While overall this may seem like a good idea, the reality is that it may not be enforceable under Ohio law. According to Ohio law, a Last Will and Testament must be handwritten or typed, signed by the Testator (person creating the Will) and witnessed by two competent and independent witnesses, over the age of eighteen. An independent witness is someone that is not named in the Will. Therefore, a handwritten document that someone creates, signs, and puts in an envelope would not be considered valid.

Estate Planning During COVID-19 Social Distancing Regulations

Our goal is to help you create documents that would establish your estate plan that will accomplish your goal of protecting your family or other beneficiaries. While maintaining the appropriate health and safety protocols, we can help you accomplish that goal. If you would like to create your Will, healthcare directives, or discuss an estate plan, we would like to help you create that plan and put it in place. The attorneys at Donnellon, Donnellon & Miller can meet with you over the phone or through an online platform for a “face to face” meeting. We are able to e-mail our Estate Planning checklist, or you can download it from our website, for you to complete and return to us with necessary information to complete your documents. We can then create those documents for you and then work with you to execute those documents as required by law. We are mobile and can travel to your home so that you can execute the documents in a safe manner. Our priority is the health and safety of our clients, and our attorneys and staff.

We Can Still Help You, Right Now

If you would like to set up an appointment with one of our attorneys to create and implement any of these documents, or discuss an estate plan, visit our Contact Us page, or e-mail Attorney Meghan Donnellon Hyden at and we will schedule the time to meet with you and help you create your documents and a basic, sound, estate plan.