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May 2021

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Page 32 of 43 31 Salvatore (Sam) Amelio, a partner at MLT Aikins LLP in Edmonton. "Obviously, the efficiencies it has allowed have increased because I can meet with clients, wherever they are in the world, to discuss their will or estate. But my job still is not done because I can write the best will ever, but I also have a legal requirement to make sure that it is properly executed." He says his firm came up with some creative solutions early on in the pandemic to in-person witnessings, such as "drive-thru" or in-person signings whereby the signature is witnessed through a car, glass door or window. Lori Duffy, a partner at WeirFoulds LLP in Toronto, says, "challenging is the only word I can use to describe what it's been like over the past year." She adds that many of her clients don't understand why they can't just sign their documents, why two independent witnesses are needed and why there is a requirement, at least until relatively recently, for "wet" signa- "I find the requirement that we determine the person's capacity could be a potential challenge if it is being done online." Lori Duffy, WeirFoulds LLP YOU'RE INVITED TO eSTATE ACADEMY Keep your estate planning practice up-to-date with a free CPD course taught by estate planning experts at Hull & Hull LLP. Free estate planning video course Online, self-paced, one hour CPD credits tures on paper rather than electronic signa- tures. One of Duffy's solutions in the early days was to have her daughter filling in as one of the required independent witnesses since she was close at hand. Ingrid Tsui, a partner at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP in Vancouver,

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