PA Authorizes Wills to be Executed Remotely During Coronavirus Crisis

During the Coronavirus crisis, the Pennsylvania Department of State has authorized notaries to use audio-visual technology to notarize certain estate documents. This means that Pennsylvania citizens can execute wills and other important estate documents without having to leave their homes. Importantly, this authorization applies to the following estate documents: 

  • powers of attorney, 
  • self-executing wills, 
  • advanced healthcare directives, 
  • healthcare powers of attorney, 
  • living wills, and 
  • temporary guardianships. 

Learn additional information on this remote notarization

Barbara B. Hill brings her ten-plus years of experience in the trusts and estates administration practice to prospective and current clients of the firm. Steve Harvey Law is now proud to offer simple, effective, and affordable estate planning documents. Get started with your planning by contacting us now.

Highlighting the Addition of Barbara B. Hill and Fiduciary Practice at Steve Harvey Law

Six years ago, I started Steve Harvey Law as a firm that focuses on complex and commercial litigation. Since then I have been through several business cycles that have shown me what works and what doesn’t work in our litigation practice. One thing learned is that an important area of demand for legal services is fiduciary litigation, including disputes concerning wills, trusts, boards of directors, and non-profit organizations. 

In February 2019, attorney Barbara B. Hill (Barb) joined Steve Harvey Law to help our clients in this area of practice. Barb has a terrific background that allows her to provide high quality and affordable legal advice across the span of fiduciary matters, from advice all the way through litigation. 

Barb brings to our clients the experience and knowledge she gained during her ten-plus years as a wealth advisor at a leading Philadelphia-based trust company. During those years, Barb counseled clients through the creation of estate plans, family dynamics, wealth education, fiduciary administration, and at times, trusts and estates disputes. In addition to those skills, she brings to Steve Harvey Law a comprehensive understanding of fiduciary investments, distributions, and estate planning tools. 

To date, Barb has helped us deliver on our goal of providing high quality, affordable advice and assistance for clients seeking to navigate disputes and litigation in fiduciary matters, but we have not provided estate planning advice and services more generally. 

The current coronavirus crisis has made us recognize the need for affordable, high -quality estate planning services, including the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other documents. I am pleased to announce that Steve Harvey Law will now provide these services with Barb leading this area of our practice. For more information, please see our website.

Barb has two brothers who are young doctors practicing medicine in hospitals. She reminded me that some doctors not to mention nurses and non-medical staff could be challenged to pay for estate planning services even at the affordable rates we offer. She makes an excellent point. Therefore, out of respect for the many people in the health care field working so hard and putting themselves at risk to keep us all safe, Steve Harvey Law will provide basic estate planning services free of charge upon request, subject to income guidelines, for Pennsylvanians working in hospitals during the crisis. For more information, please see our website.

Estate Planning Advice from Steve Harvey Law

To meet a need caused by the coronavirus crisis, Steve Harvey Law has decided to expand its services for clients to include estate planning advice and documents. Our goal as always is to provide high quality, cost-effective legal services. Attorney Barbara B. Hill joined our firm after more than ten years at a leading trust company. She continues to work in the areas of disputes and litigation for fiduciary matters, and now will supervise our estate and trusts advice and preparation services.

Learn more, including flat fees for estate planning documents such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.