How Does Online Mediation Work? Jim Spink Is Here To Help

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Sheehey and its attorneys have adapted to serving their clients remotely while offices and gathering places remain closed.  Jim Spink specializes in alternative dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration.  Since the transition to remote work began, Jim has conducted many mediations via remote platforms like Zoom.  He has offered many tutorials to individuals and groups wanting to learn more about how remote mediation works, including several large private law firms, the Vermont Association for Justice, the Vermont Bar Association, and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office.

Curious about online mediation?  Contact Jim today to set up a brief tutorial at no charge.  To learn more about remote mediation, read our Remote Mediation page with basic information and Frequently Asked Questions.  If you’re ready to schedule a remote mediation, check Jim’s mediation calendar and get in touch.

Executing Wills in Vermont Amid COVID-19

Note that all Sheehey guidance regarding COVID-19 is subject to change, as the legal landscape is evolving rapidly. Please note the date of publication for this bulletin, and be aware that things may have changed since then. Please check our COVID-19 landing page for the most up-to-date posts and contact us with any questions.

Under most circumstances, in order to execute a will under Vermont law, the following requirements must be met:

  • The will must be in writing;
  • The will must be signed by the testator (the person making the will) or another person in the presence of the testator and at the testator’s express direction; and
  • The will must be attested and subscribed to by at least two credible witnesses in the presence of the testator and of each other.

Stated more simply, a Vermont will signing ceremony requires at least three persons to be present together at the same time, in the same room, all in view of one another, and with all placing a wet ink signature to the same paper document.  This poses significant challenges in the time of COVID-19.

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Vermont Suspends Civil Statutes of Limitations During COVID-19 Emergency

Note that all Sheehey guidance regarding COVID-19 is subject to change, as the legal landscape is evolving rapidly. Please note the date of publication for this bulletin, and be aware that things may have changed since then. Please check our COVID-19 landing page for the most up-to-date posts and contact us with any questions.

On April 28, 2020, Governor Phil Scott signed into law S.114, an act relating to the Vermont judiciary’s emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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