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Trust & Will and Notarize Partner to Deliver Nation’s First End-to-End Digital Will

Life is full of unforgettable moments, few of which carry more weight than planning an estate. We all want what’s best for our loved ones, and part of that is ensuring the people in our lives are taken care of when we’re gone.

Today, we’ve helped make estate planning easier.

Trust & Will, the easiest way to create, edit, and manage your estate documents, completed the first end-to-end digital Will powered by Notarize. The nation’s first, end-to-end digital Will was completed in Las Vegas, Nevada in minutes -- a process that would have normally taken over an hour.

“Our mission is help everyone leave a lasting legacy. Today we achieved that major milestone by completing the first ever digital Will,” said Cody Barbo, Founder and CEO of Trust & Will. “By digitizing the entire process, people can proactively manage their estate and dynamically update it with major life events such as children, liquidity, inheritance, and more. As more states accept online Wills, Notarize will be the dream partner to deliver this experience to more of the country.”

Despite the significance of Wills and Trusts, the process to create and maintain your estate documents have been historically cumbersome. A survey from Caring.com found that 60% of U.S. adults do not have a will. For those with children under 18, the figure is even greater.

There’s plenty of reasons why people procrastinate estate planning. It’s time-consuming. It’s scary to think about. Maybe you feel like you don’t have any assets to leave behind.

You don’t need to have complex wealth to leave your family peace of mind. What you have means something to somebody, and thanks to the growing acceptance of remote online notarization and recent legislative updates in Nevada, people in states where notaries can be a witness for Wills can create and manage estate documents from anywhere at any time.

The most important moments of your life don’t happen when a bank or a lawyer can fit you in their schedule. They happen outside of business hours, sometimes unexpectedly, and require support that will be there when you need it. At Notarize, we see an opportunity to provide people with access to their estate documents online so they can make updates on their terms.

You can read the full announcement here.

You have notarization questions, we have notarization answers. While we at Notarize pride ourselves on providing helpful resources (like this blog!) to demystify notarization, we’re not lawyers and don’t give legal advice. Pro tip: always check with your own attorneys, advisors, or document recipients if you have further questions about notarization or digitally notarized docs.

Utah Passes Remote Online Notarization Bill

Today, the Utah State Senate passed legislation in support of statewide remote online notarization adoption and regulation. If signed into law, Utah would become the 11th state to empower notaries to notarize documents online from anywhere at any time.

House Bill 52 will now head to the desk of Governor Gary Herbert, where he will have 20 days to sign the bill, veto it, or let it become law without his signature.

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