Juan C. Antunez, on his blog, Florida Probate & Trust Litigation Blog, has reported that Florida Governor Rick Scott has vetoed the Florida Electronic Wills Act. Mr. Antunez’s post, along with links to policy arguments for and against the proposed legislation and the Governor’s letter explaining his reasons for vetoing the legislation, begins as follows:
I previously reported here on the “Florida Electronic Wills Act”. The legislature passed this bill back in May over strong opposition from the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. For the public policy arguments for and against the bill, see here and here.
Proving once again that in politics, as in baseball, “it ain’t over till it’s over,” Gov. Rick Scott just vetoed the Electronic Wills Act, even though it was passed by the Florida senate on a 34-0 vote.
What’s interesting about this process is that the governor doesn’t just issue a veto and leave it at that; he publishes a letter explaining the reasons for his veto. If you’re a trusts and estates lawyer, no matter what your views may have been on the wisdom of this legislation, you’ll find the governor’s veto letter interesting reading.
Posted by Lewis J. Saret, Co-General Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal.