On October 12, 2021, Estates, Trusts, and Probate Litigation Group Co-Chair, Adam Fried, testified to the Ohio House Civil Justice Committee in opposition of HB 339, a proposed legislation involving electronic wills. Adam was asked to join a task force that included members of the Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section Counsel and the Ohio Probate Judges Association to study and comment on this proposed legislation involving electronic wills. The task force met weekly for several months and came out with firm objections to components of HB 339, including the Remote Witnessing of Wills which could be problematic for our vulnerable adult population given the rise of financial abuse and exploitation.
Click here to view Adam's testimony on The Ohio Channel. His remarks begin at the 1 hour, 9 minute mark.