Digital Wills Act
Registration and cocktails
5:15pm – 5:45pm
5:45pm – 6:30pm
6:30pm – 7:30pm
by Friday, Sept. 7th
You will be sent a return email confirmation.
Once the handout for this program has been made available to us, you will be able to access it here.
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About T.J. Ryan
A Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), T.J. Ryan focuses his practice on virtually all aspects of family estates, from estate and business planning, to probate and trust administration, to litigating contested estates – an area in which he has achieved a strong track record for positive results. He is a past president (2015) of the Maricopa County Bar Association and was named Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” (Trust Litigation) for 2015 by The Best Lawyers in America®.
While many lawyers litigate a wide range of issues, T.J. Ryan focuses his energies on the areas of probate and trust law. He assists his clients with a broad range of disputes involving probate, trust, guardian and fiduciary matters. Matters of controversy include will and trust validity interpretation issues; disputes between beneficiaries and fiduciaries over estate and trust operations; disputes regarding fiduciary fees; exploitation of the elderly and incapacitated or vulnerable individuals, and trust modification and termination. Understanding that litigation can often be avoided between reasonable people, T.J. approaches each circumstance with a range of alternatives. He presents his clients with the options available to them, including alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration.
About the program
Digital signatures have become the standard in credit card and real estate transactions. Further, the use of digital notaries has begun to take off in several states. Thus, it was only a matter of time before the push for “digital” estate planning documents began. On May 16th, the Governor signed into law HB2656 (effective July 1, 2019) which authorizes the use of “electronic wills” so long as they meet stringent criteria, including specific rules regarding their storage and preservation. T.J. Ryan will introduce the fundamental concepts of wills under Arizona law, and discuss how this new “e-wills” statute may be used once the law goes into effect.