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Reopening of the Court – Priorities in Family Cases – Court Alternatives

“When will the court hear my divorce?  I filed it months ago, then the courts closed due to COVID-19.” On June 1, 2020, the Vermont Superior Courts began to slowly reopen.  There is a backlog of cases from the time the courts stopped operation.  Juvenile cases and criminal cases where a person is jailed and Read More

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Wills Can Be Witnessed Remotely During COVID19

Do I have to go to my lawyer’s office to sign my Will?  Can I sign it remotely from home? Yes!  There is good news since our last blog post.  Governor Scott signed a new law on April 28th that allows Vermont residents to sign their wills remotely using video conference technology.  This law expires Read More

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Update on Legislation to Allow Remote Witnessing

If I can’t leave my house to go to my lawyer’s office to sign my Will, how can I plan for my future? Laws are already in effect allowing notaries to remotely notarize documents through secure video conference technology.  However, the law does not currently allow remote witnessing of wills, trusts, powers of attorney and Read More

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Child Custody and COVID-19

Do I have to allow my child to see his or her mother or father? Governor Scott’s Stay-At-Home order, and order that anyone entering Vermont for a non-essential purpose must quarantine for 14 days, have created a lot of confusion for families whose children are subject to visitation orders from the court. Early guidance informed Read More

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Update on Real Estate and COVID-19 Restrictions

After Governor Scott’s April 24th amendment to his Executive Order, the Vermont Agency of Commerce released industry specific guidance permitting real estate agents and landlords to show properties to one person at a time.  If  all individuals are people living in the same household, the one person at a time restriction does not apply. This Read More

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Vermont Real Estate Industry Adapts to COVID-19 Restrictions

Despite urging from brokers and industry groups, at the start of the outbreak Governor Scott did not give Vermont’s real estate agencies an exemption from the state’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order. However, on April 17, as part of Governor Phil Scott’s Phase I of Restart Vermont, real estate agents and real estate attorneys have Read More

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