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Review of Reviews: “COVID-19 and Formal Wills,” 73 Stan. L. Rev. 18 (2020)

David Horton, professor of law and chancellor’s fellow, University of California, Davis, School of Law in Davis, Calif. and Reid Kress Weisbord, professor of law and Judge Norma L. Shapiro Scholar, Rutgers Law School in Newark, N.J.

Most will signings are formal, solemn events with the client in counsel’s office, identifying the written document as the client’s will and responding to counsel’s queries before signing the document in the presence of witnesses and a notary. While the traditional formalistic will signing might have emphasized the importance of the act, those formalities, according to Professors Horton and Weisbord, may actually serve to inhibit many testators from being able to sign a will. Traditional will


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