Governor's Order Permits Remote Execution of Wills

The Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic has made a lot of clients realize they should not have put off revising their wills. Even if a person is not currently ill, having an up-to-date will provides some peace of mind against the worst case scenario. Under normal circumstances, will execution requires that the testator and the witnesses must all be present together at the same time and place and the witnesses must see the testator sign the will in person. In this time of social distancing, that could present a problem.

Recognizing the concerns about not being able to execute wills during a time when it may be needed most, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order that permits wills to be signed by means of a video and audio conference during which the testator and the witnesses can all see and hear one another. There are strict requirements for how the procedure must be conducted, but they are simple enough to adhere to. If you have been putting off signing your will, and have become concerned about whether you can do so at this time, rest assured that proper execution of your will can be completed even with social distancing being the norm.

Recent Transactions

Doug recently completed the acquisition of a motel in Downers Grove, Illinois for $4,100,000. This included the purchase transaction and financing and the closing of the purchase for a client that continues to build its hospitality portfolio. January 2020.

I recently completed a $5,000,000+ tax-deferred exchange of an office building in the NW suburbs of Chicago for a Walgreen Co. in Plymouth, Wisconsin on behalf of a client who continues to diversify a portfolio of commercial and industrial properties. June 2019

Doug completed a $7,000,000+ acquisition of a Walgreen Co. location on behalf of a client who was diversifying his portfolio of commercial and industrial properties. The purchase was the acquisition of a replacement property in a tax-deferred exchange. September 2014

On behalf of a New York client, we closed the purchase of a 200,000 square foot office building in Lombard, Illinois for a purchase price in excess of $8,000,000. The client plans to convert the building to a mixed-use data center and high-tech office center. July 2014

On behalf of client from Brazil, we organized an Illinois limited liability company which plans to start up a software company.

LawPact Conferences

As President of LawPact, Doug attends every meeting; he values the opportunity to interact and network with like-minded business lawyers from around the world.

Doug Conover will be attending the Spring 2020 LawPact conference in Miami, Florida March 26-28, 2020. 50+ lawyers from 40 member law firms from around the world will have the opportunity to network and share ideas about practice management. Law firm marketing will be the focus of the presentations for this conference. As President of LawPact, Doug is in a unique position to get to know all the members and to help guide the organization to assist member firms to improve their practices as well as providing a network of quality and trusted law firms to assist client in many jurisdictions. January 2020.

Doug attended the LawPact Fall Conference in Brussels, Belgium. 40 lawyers from 32 member firms were present at the conference. The theme for the conference was Latest Developments in Technology and the Practice of Law. Doug is humbled to be President of LawPact for the past 13 years. As a member of LawPact, Doug's clients have access to law firms around the world when their business requires local representation. November 2019.

Doug attended the LawPact Spring Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Lawyers from 35 member firms from around the world attended the conference. May 2019.

LawPact held its Fall 2018 Conference in Santiago, Chile. This was the first LawPact meeting in South America. Lawyers from 30 member firms from around the world attended the conference. October 2018.