Naomi Becker Collier Quoted in Law360 Pulse Regarding the 3 Biggest Moments for the New Jersey Legal Industry in 2021
Naomi Becker Collier, partner and co-chair of the Trusts & Estates and Elder Law & Special Needs Planning practices at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was quoted in the Law360 Pulse article, “3 Big Moments for NJ Legal Industry In 2021.” Among the three biggest legal moments discussed is the new law allowing notarization of certain documents remotely, but not wills, codicils, and testamentary trusts.
While some attorneys practicing in these excluded areas were disappointed that remote notarizations did not apply to their practice, Naomi Becker Collier, co-chair of Hackensack-based Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC's trusts and estates and elder law and special needs planning practices, noted that it may not be a negative thing.
Becker Collier said she believes remote notarizations could be useful for trusts and estates attorneys "as an option available under the right circumstances, but not necessarily as the standard tool."
"What we do is very personal, and implications of executing estate planning documents can be significant, especially if challenged in the future after a person is either no longer competent or living," she told Law360 Pulse. "If all documents are executed remotely limiting ability to observe surrounding circumstances, I fear that it will negatively impact an attorney's ability to support clients' wishes if challenged."
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