St. Paul, MN - August 2, 2023 – Trust & Will, the leading digital estate planning and settlement platform in the U.S., completed the first electronic will (eWill) in Minnesota in collaboration with State Senator Bonnie Westlin to kick off National Make-A-Will Month.
Using the trustandwill.com platform and an electronic signing with a mobile notary and Minnesota resident Mark Fleming, Notary Public at Nationwide Apostille Services LLC (Veteran-Owned), Senator Westlin completed the first eWill on August 1, 2023, creating the state's first end-to-end-digital-estate plan.
To make creating and executing a will more convenient and affordable for all Minnesotans, Senator Westlin ushered the Uniform Electronic Wills Act through the legislature. The bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Tim Walz on March 30, 2023.
"The Uniform Electronic Wills Act will streamline the estate planning process by leveraging technology to make it easier for people to prepare and execute their wills,” said Senator Westlin. “I’m proud to be chief author of this bill and to see it pass with full bipartisan support.”
Minnesota is the 13th jurisdiction to pass eWill legislation, following Nevada, Indiana, Arizona, Florida, Utah, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, North Dakota, Idaho, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Several other states are introducing eWill legislation in the coming months, as less than one-third of Americans have a will.
Trust & Will has long been a committed advocate for making electronic wills legally valid nationwide as a part of their mission to make the generational transfer of wealth more accessible, cost-effective, and efficient to all.
“Electronic wills remove several barriers inherent in traditional estate planning,” said Cody Barbo, Founder and CEO at Trust & Will. “Every family should have access to justice and legal technology to make their lives easier. Estate planning, a vital element of ensuring the next generation's well-being, should be accessible to everyone.”
With the help of a variety of policymakers, Trust & Will has been working to promote the adoption of legislation governing electronic estate plans, including the Uniform Law Commission’s Uniform Electronic Estate Planning Documents Act, as well as educating the public about the benefits of electronic estate planning. To learn more about eWills and receive updates, visit: https://trustandwill.com/resources/electronic-wills.