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Greenberg Traurig’s Ernest Greer Recognized as 100 Most Influential Atlantans by the Atlanta Business Chronicle


Ernest LaMont Greer, co-president of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, was named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2020 Power 100 list. This is the seventh time Greer has been named to the annual list that profiles the 100 most influential Atlantans.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s editors compile the list that includes business leaders who have had significant impact on the community. The publication noted that “as metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, experience social unrest over the killings of African-Americans, and prepare for bitterly fought political elections this coming November, leadership has never been more important.” The individuals highlighted on the list (just 100 in a metro area of six million) “will play a major role guiding the city and state through these events and into the future.”

“Ernest is not only a highly-accomplished business attorney, but an outstanding leader and champion of our Atlanta community,” said Atlanta Managing Shareholder Theodore I. Blum. “He plays a key role in the strategic direction of the firm and is the driving force behind many of our efforts that benefit clients, attorneys, and business professionals. Through professional affiliates and personal commitments, Ernest prioritizes serving the Atlanta community. He is dedicated to helping others and using his global role and voice to not simply create awareness but, most importantly, to drive change.”

Greer plays a key role in the strategic direction of the firm and firmwide day-to-day operations. Prior to his role as co-president, he served as vice president of the firm, co-chair of the U.S. Strategic Committee, and the Atlanta office’s managing shareholder. Greer currently serves on the boards for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta History Center, Achieve Atlanta, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the Atlanta Police Foundation. Greer also currently serves as the Director of Buckhead Coalition and is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Guardsman, Inc.

His leadership, accomplishments, and legal practice have been recognized by many industry publications and organizations, including the National Law Journal, Atlanta magazine, The Atlantan, Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Daily Report, National Bar Association, Best Lawyers in America, Chambers & Partners USA, Georgia Super Lawyers, and Georgia Trend’s “Legal Elite.” In 2018, Greer was inducted into the Gate City Foundation’s Hall of Fame.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2200 attorneys in 41 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.

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STRmix Is Generally Accepted, Scientifically Valid, Arizona Court Rules


Arizona Superior Court for Pima County has denied the defendant’s motion to preclude DNA evidence in the trial for the murder of Robert Belman.

Defense counsel in Arizona v. Martinez (Case No. CR-20181689-001) had challenged the relevancy, admissibility, and reliability of DNA results obtained by the State largely through the use of STRmix™ – sophisticated probabilistic genotyping software used to resolve mixed DNA profiles previously thought to be too complex to interpret.

The court, however, concluded, “…the use of probabilistic genotyping, and specifically the software utilized in this case – STRmix™ – has been generally accepted in the relevant scientific community of forensic DNA.”

The court’s ruling continued, “… even the defense’s motion concedes that most state and federal courts have found that STRmix™ is scientifically valid because of it having been subjected to several peer reviewed studies that produces favorable results.”

John Buckleton, DSc, FRSNZ, one of the developers of STRmix™, notes that forensic labs worldwide increasingly are using STRmix™ “because it greatly improves the usability of DNA to produce evidence in a wide range of criminal cases.”

Buckleton notes that organizations using STRmix™ are reporting a significantly higher rate of interpretable results in sexual assault cases, as well as “an increase of interpretable DNA in gun cases from about 40% to more than 70%.”

Since its introduction in 2012, STRmix™ has been used successfully in numerous U.S. court cases, including 37 successful admissibility hearings. Currently, 56 U.S. forensic labs, including multiple state and local organizations and such federal agencies as the FBI and ATF, use STRmix™ to interpret DNA profiles. The software is also in various stages of installation, validation, and training in more than 60 other U.S. organizations.

Internationally, STRmix™ has also gained widespread acceptance. All nine state and territory forensic labs in Australia and New Zealand, as well as 14 labs in other countries including England, Scotland, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, and Canada, now use STRmix™. To date, it has been used to interpret DNA evidence in more than 120,000 cases worldwide.

A new version of STRmix™, STRmix™ v2.7, was introduced in late 2019. STRmix™ v2.7 includes several new features in response to improvements recommended by forensic labs to better address the on-the-job needs they regularly encounter.

The team that created STRmix™ recently launched two other products. DBLR™, an application used with STRmix™, allows users to undertake superfast database searches, visualize the value of their DNA mixture evidence, and carry out mixture to mixture matches. FaSTR™ DNA, meanwhile, is expert forensic software that rapidly analyzes DNA profiles and assigns a Number of Contributors (NoC) estimate.

Designed by scientists for scientists, FaSTR™ DNA combines an intuitive, user-friendly graphical interface with easily understandable and laboratory-customizable rules to expedite the analysis of raw data generated by genetic analyzers and standard profiling kits. FaSTR™ DNA also implements the use of artificial neural networks for peak classification independent of and in parallel to the forensic analyst.

Alongside STRmix™, FaSTR™ DNA and DBLR™ complete the full workflow from analysis to interpretation and database matching.

For more information about STRmix™ visit http://www.strmix.com.

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QuantaVerse Offers AI-Powered Country Code Derivation to Enable Financial Institutions to Experience the Potential of Automated Entity Resolution


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“With this new offering, we’re providing financial institutions with the opportunity to see how AI can dramatically reduce their jurisdiction risk while increasing investigation efficiency,” said David McLaughlin, CEO and Founder of QuantaVerse.

QuantaVerse, which uses AI and machine learning to automate financial crime investigation processes, is now offering the country code derivation capability of its QuantaVerse Pre-TMS Entity Resolution & Risk Scoring solution for trial. The AI-powered, cloud-based function helps financial institutions struggling to identify potentially risky jurisdictions, or country codes, of transacting parties. With this offering, financial institutions can easily trial AI-enabled automation against a particularly intractable part of the entity resolution process.

Most financial institutions report that jurisdiction/country code information is typically missing or malformed in SWIFT messages and international ACH payment transactions. Determining the jurisdiction of a transaction is challenging for financial institutions because each country’s addressing system has its own set of unique conventions, making it difficult to map to geography fields. When jurisdiction fields in a SWIFT message are blank or contain misspellings, a human analyst is brought in to scour Google and other resources in an attempt to identify the location of the transacting parties based on the address information that is available.

If no jurisdiction or country code is discernible or there is no human resource available to do this work in a given amount of time, the transaction goes into a bank’s TMS with the jurisdiction/country code field blank. Transactions missing these vital details automatically default to the highest risk jurisdiction resulting in TMS alerts, triggering time-consuming and costly AML alert investigations on transactions that are often legitimate. According to industry estimates, approximately 95 percent of all TMS alerts are false positives.

By letting banks try the country code derivation component of the QuantaVerse Pre-TMS Entity Resolution & Risk Scoring solution, they can quickly and easily experience AI at work in their AML/BSA operations. The need to automate these functions has been made more obvious by the recent pandemic which has led to emergency shortages of financial crime investigators at financial institutions.

QuantaVerse recently performed country code analysis for a large U.S.-based bank and found that 80% of its dedicated jurisdiction fields were blank. “Prior to working with QuantaVerse, we conducted country code derivation manually, representing thousands of transactions,” the Chief Compliance Officer explained. “Analysis and quality control usually take three full days to complete in the traditional manner and, due to time constraints, covers only 75% of the wires that are missing the country code. QuantaVerse’s multi-layered approach to country code analysis helped us derive correct country codes for nearly all entities, saving us an incredible amount of time while cutting false positives.”

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This new adaptation of the QuantaVerse Pre-TMS Entity Resolution & Risk Scoring solution is available now. Financial institutions can take full advantage of the offering with limited effort and minimal cost.

“Financial institutions are recognizing that automating with AI is the best way to ferret financial crime out of our banking systems,” said David McLaughlin, CEO and Founder of QuantaVerse. “We want to make it as easy as possible to let them wade in and try AI out to address their entity resolution challenges. With this new offering, we’re providing financial institutions with the opportunity to see how AI can dramatically reduce their jurisdiction risk while increasing investigation efficiency.”

About QuantaVerse

QuantaVerse is the leader of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions purpose-built for identifying financial crimes. QuantaVerse utilizes its AI Financial Crime Platform to reduce financial crime risk by identifying patterns and discerning anomalies that current approaches and systems regularly miss.  The QuantaVerse solutions have helped customers more efficiently comply with AML (Anti-Money Laundering), KYC (Know Your Customer) and FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) regulations. Most importantly, QuantaVerse is helping to rid organizations of money laundering and other financial crimes that support our greatest global ills – the drug trade, human trafficking, terrorism and political corruption. For more information, contact QuantaVerse at (610) 465-7320 or visit http://www.QuantaVerse.net.

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Central Florida Bonding Launches New Website Featuring Online Payment Option and Video Library


Central Florida Bonding, 24-hour Bail Bonds in Orlando, FL.

Our new website is much easier to navigate and has more educational information. Our online video library covers a variety of topics including domestic violence, bail bond premiums, driving under the influence, invalid driver’s license and driving while license is suspended.

Central Florida Bonding located at 2911 39th Street, Suite 300 in Orlando, Florida 32839 is pleased to announce the launch of their new website redesign. Their new website features a blog, a video library, and the ability to pay a bail bond online. To see their newly redesigned website visit: https://cfborlando.com/

Hadi Khouri, owner of Central Florida Bonding, stated “We are excited about our new website. It is much easier to navigate and has more educational information. Our online video library covers a variety of topics including domestic violence, bail bond premiums, driving under the influence, invalid driver’s license and driving while license is suspended. For first-time offenders it can be confusing on how to bond from jail. Our staff walks people through step by step on how we post bond, how long it takes to bond from jail, what paperwork is needed and when court dates are scheduled. For those defendants that are college age, we work with their parents to help their young adult post bond. In the cases of college students whose parents are out of state, we work with them long distance. Over the years we have helped many students from the University of Central Florida, Stetson University, Rollins College, Seminole State College and Valencia College. For those who are arrested for their first time I highly recommend they watch the video on our website entitled “What is a bail bond?” This informative video describes bail bonds in greater detail and how they work. We are here to help. I encourage people to call our office should they have any questions.”

Central Florida Bonding is available to help defendant’s bond from jail for a variety of charges. Some of the charges they bond for include domestic violence, drugs, drug trafficking, traffic violations, assault, battery, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), boating while intoxicated (BWI), driving with a suspended license, robbery, theft, tax evasion and several other charges.

Khouri added “Many people don’t realize that for each charge the bond can vary. If the charge involves anything traffic related the defendant can also have points added to their license in addition to being arrested. Our entire staff can explain more about how the criminal justice system works. We are available 24-hours, 7 days a week. My staff is fluent in Spanish so we can effectively help the Spanish speaking community.”

Central Florida Bonding has been serving Central Florida since 1979. Since opening their doors, they have specialized in providing bail bonds for most criminal cases, aggravated cases, traffic misdemeanors, domestic cases and petty crimes. Their highly trained bail bond agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year including holidays and weekends. Central Florida Bonding will bond defendants from jails throughout Central Florida including the Orange County Jail in Orlando, FL (33rd Street Jail), the Lake County Jail in Tavares, FL, the Volusia County Jail in Daytona Beach, FL, the Seminole County Jail in Sanford, FL and the Osceola County Jail in Kissimmee, FL.

For more information or to learn more about how bail bonds work call Central Florida Bonding at 407-841-3646 or visit online at https://cfborlando.com/.

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Kansas Sheriff’s Office Now Using STRmix


STRmix™, sophisticated forensic software used to resolve mixed DNA profiles previously thought to be too complex to interpret, is now being used by the Johnson County (Kansas) Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Laboratory.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Laboratory aids in criminal investigations through timely, unbiased, high-quality forensic services performed by highly trained experts using state-of the art instrumentation and scientific techniques.

Fifty-six forensic labs nationally are now using STRmix™ to interpret DNA profiles in criminal investigations. That list includes federal agencies such as the FBI and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), as well as numerous state and local organizations.

Four other labs – the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratories, the Jefferson Parish (LA) Sheriff’s Office Regional DNA Laboratory, the Contra Costa County (CA) Office of the Sheriff, and New York’s Suffolk County Crime Laboratory – began using STRmix™ earlier this year.

STRmix™ is also in various stages of installation, validation, and training in more than 60 other U.S. organizations.

Since its introduction eight years ago, STRmix™ has been used to interpret DNA evidence in more than 120,000 cases worldwide. It has also been used successfully in numerous U.S. court cases, including at least 37 successful admissibility hearings.

“STRmix™ has produced a significant increase in usable, interpretable, and admissible DNA results in a wide range of criminal cases,” says John Buckleton DSc, FRSNZ, Forensic Scientist at the New Zealand Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and one of the developers of STRmix™.

According to Buckleton, those results include “evidence from guns, other touch evidence, and sexual assault evidence. STRmix™ has also proved to be effective in helping to solve cold cases in which evidence originally dismissed as inconclusive has been reprocessed.

The latest version of STRmix™, STRmix™ v2.7, was introduced in late 2019. STRmix™ v2.7 includes several new features in response to improvements recommended by forensic labs to better address the on-the-job needs they regularly encounter.

In addition, DBLR™, an application used with STRmix™, was introduced last year. DBLR™ allows users to undertake superfast database searches, visualize the value of their DNA mixture evidence, and carry out mixture to mixture matches.

For more information about STRmix™ visit https://www.strmix.com/

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Westendorf & Khalaf, PLLC Attorneys Make 2020 Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVABIZ Top Lawyers’ List and 2020 Virginia Super Lawyers List


Westendorf & Khalaf, PLLC, attorneys dedicated solely to the practice of criminal defense, are proud to announce that partners Bassel Khalaf and Taite Westendorf have both been named Top Lawyers for 2020 by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVaBIZ. The law firm has represented clients in numerous cases receiving national media attention including winning dismissals of all charges for a former Virginia Beach city employee who was charged after he was told he would have to go back to work in a building where a mass shooting occurred and winning dismissal of all charges for an Uber driver falsely accused of rape.

“While we measure our firm’s success by outstanding results in the courtroom rather than by awards, we are pleased to be named to the 2020 Top Lawyers list,” Mr. Westendorf said. “We both live in Virginia Beach. We were both long time public defenders defending clients every day in the Virginia Beach courts. This is our home and that’s why we’re committed to helping people in our area. We appreciate being recognized by our peers for our work serving those in need.”

In addition, Bassel Khalaf, has been selected as a 2020 Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers. Only 5% of attorneys in Virginia receive the Super Lawyers distinction and only 2.5% are recognized as Rising Stars. “The proudest moments in my career are when I’ve had the privilege of fighting the government and winning my clients’ freedom,” said Mr. Khalaf. “This is a nice recognition, and I look forward to continuing building our practice providing top-notch criminal defense services.”

Westendorf & Khalaf, PLLC represent people charged with criminal offenses in Virginia Beach and throughout Hampton Roads. If you have been charged with a crime, please call us at 757-961-3311 or visit us at http://www.wkdefense.com.

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Greenberg Traurig Contributes to Chambers and Partners Regional Guides


Greenberg Traurig Real Estate Practice attorneys served as contributing authors for several Chambers and Partners Regional Guides, including USA, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. The guides provide legal commentary on key issues in significant jurisdictions for businesses involved in the real estate sector.

Greenberg Traurig authors for the guides include:

Real estate shareholders Robert J. Ivanhoe, Milos Markovic, Susan E.D. Neuberg, Samantha Ahuja, and Corey E. Light, co-authored the “USA Regional Real Estate 2020” introduction section of the guide.

Boston office real estate shareholders Edward S. Hershfield, Christopher H. Milton, James R. Shea, Jr., and of counsel Dina E. Conlin co-authored the “Massachusetts Law and Practice” section of the guide.

New Jersey office real estate shareholders Steven Fleissig, David Freylikhman, David C. Jensen, and Cory Mitchell Gray co-authored the “New Jersey Law and Practice” section of the guide.

The UK-based publisher Chambers and Partners selects attorneys and practice areas for inclusion in The Chambers USA 2020 Guide, based on thousands of interviews with practicing lawyers and clients around the world. More than 50 Greenberg Traurig real estate attorneys were recognized in the 2020 USA Guide.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Real Estate Practice: The Greenberg Traurig Real Estate Practice is a cornerstone of the firm and recognized leader in the industry. The firm’s real estate attorneys deliver diversified and comprehensive counsel for property acquisition and investment, development, management and leasing, financing, restructuring, and disposition of all asset classes of real estate. The team draws upon the knowledge and experience of more than 400 real estate lawyers from around the world, serving clients from key markets in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. The group’s clientele includes a broad range of property developers, lenders, investment managers, private equity funds, REITs, and private owners. The firm’s real estate team advises clients on a variety of matters across a broad spectrum of commercial, recreational, and residential real estate, including structured equity and debt and the hybrids.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2200 attorneys in 41 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.

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Samuel Moultrie Appointed to Delaware Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights


Samuel L. Moultrie, an associate in the Delaware office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been appointed to the Delaware Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, established by the Civil Rights Act of 1957, is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights issues. It is the only federal department, agency or commission with a network of 51 statutorily-mandated federal advisory committees, in each state and the District of Columbia, that study civil rights issues in their states and report the results of their reviews to the Commission. In his role, Moultrie, along with other members of the Advisory Committee, will serve as the Commission’s “eyes and ears” on the ground and advise the Commission about civil rights matters in Delaware.

“The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights plays a vital role on issues of fundamental concern and importance to the federal government and the public.” Moultrie said. “I look forward to working with my fellow Advisory Committee members to advance civil rights matters in Delaware.”

Moultrie focuses his practice on complex litigation involving corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, books and records demands, and securities law in Delaware state and federal courts, including the Court of Chancery. Moultrie also represents companies in cases involving trade secrets, tortious interference, and other related claims.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Delaware Office: Greenberg Traurig opened its Delaware office in 1999 in response to the unique and increasing role Delaware plays in the needs of the firm’s national and international clients. Greenberg Traurig Delaware offers clients a full complement of attorneys who have spent years solving real-world business problems by advising clients on the legal aspects of complex corporate and commercial matters and litigating in all of Delaware’s federal and state courts, including the Court of Chancery, the Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Superior Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2200 attorneys in 41 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: http://www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.

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Barkemeyer Law Firm Now Offering Statewide DWI Defense Services In Louisiana


Barkemeyer Law Firm is pleased to announce their team is now providing statewide DWI defense representation to clients across the state of Louisiana. For over 15 years, the firm has dedicated their efforts to helping those who have been charged with crimes get their lives back on track and protect their future. With this mission in mind, the Louisiana DWI lawyers at the Barkemeyer Law Firm aim is to keep their clients from being convicted and going to jail, help them maintain a clean criminal record, and keep them driving.

“Being charged with a DWI is often a scary and confusing ordeal. Many people who have had this experience find themselves at a loss about what their charges mean and what options they have for fighting them. Fortunately, I have fifteen years of experience with that, and my team stands ready to help those facing DWI charges clear their name and their record.”

Understanding that each client’s DWI case is different, Barkemeyer Law Firm works hard to determine the details that might affect each one, including the facts of the stop and the terms of the field sobriety or breathalyzer tests, and develop a clear winning strategy to fight their charges. Their team also requests administrative hearings on behalf of their clients so that they don’t lose their license and walks with each client through the arraignment, motions, trial, and sentencing process to ensure their rights are upheld and they obtain the best possible outcome.

The Dui attorneys at the Barkemeyer Law Firm stay ahead of the new technology and information so they can create successful defenses for their clients. “We take pride in being the best DWI lawyers that we can be. We do that because we never want to see a client get wrongfully convicted.”

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Newland & Newland, LLP Offers Curbside Estate Plan Signings During the COVID-19 Crisis


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Stephen Newland, a partner, explained, “Many clients want to make sure they have a proper estate plan right now, but they are understandably concerned about needing to go to a lawyer’s office to complete this process, and they do not want anyone outside of their family to come into their homes. ”

Due to the health concerns that are affecting everyone in the United States, it is more important than ever for people to have a proper estate plan in place. This may include a will, living trust, power of attorney for property, and power of attorney for health care.

Stephen Newland, a partner at Newland & Newland, LLP, explained, “Many clients want to make sure they have a proper estate plan right now, but they are understandably concerned about needing to go to a lawyer’s office to complete this process, and they do not want anyone outside of their family to come into their homes. We listened to our clients and came up with a process that they feel very comfortable with.”

Curbside signings may sound like picking up items from a fast-food restaurant, but the services provided by Newland & Newland, LLP are very different. Since setting up a proper estate plan is one of the most important things a person can do, the firm has created a procedure for working with clients remotely. Through virtual meetings with clients, the firm’s attorneys can ensure that the proper estate plan documents are drafted, and these documents can then be executed through curbside signing.

During this process, a series of meetings thru Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime are set up to discuss the client’s needs and concerns. Once drafted, all documents are carefully discussed in detail using screen and document sharing to ensure the client’s needs are addressed satisfactorily.

Once the documents are fully explained to the client, and it is confirmed that all required information has been included, a curbside signing appointment will be set up. The client will park his or her car in a remote area of the parking lot of one of the Newland & Newland, LLP offices. Two members of the firm, who will wear masks and gloves, shall then witness and notarize the execution of the documents while the client remains in his or her car.

“Our clients are relieved that they can get their estate plan documents completed in a professional manner without putting their health at risk. The feedback we have gotten from clients has been tremendous,” commented Katrine Fleishman, a lawyer at Newland & Newland, LLP.

Newland & Newland, LLP is an eight-lawyer law firm with offices throughout the Chicago area, including Libertyville and Arlington Heights. To learn more about our estate planning services and options for curbside signing, contact our office by calling 847-549-0000 or visit our website: https://www.newlandattorneys.com/

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