Many people are worrying about their estate planning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reassuring news is that it is still possible to make an estate plan and sign a valid will in these extraordinary times.

Earlier this week, the NSW government released the Electronic Transactions Amendment (COVID-19 Witnessing of Documents) Regulation 2020 which allows witnessing of important estate planning documents to occur by audio-visual link. This means that if you are unwell, or required to self-isolate for any reason, the entire process can happen remotely.

If you are well, it is safe to conduct your estate planning in the usual way, with in-person meetings that comply with social distancing guidelines. Hornsby Wills and Probate offers home visits in the Hornsby area and, provided that you have a suitable area in which to meet, you will not need to leave your home to provide face to face instructions.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your estate planning, contact Althea Willis at Hornsby Wills and Probate on02 8406 1094 or by email to