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COVID Times – Lockdown Legacies

Making a will during the coronavirus pandemic is simple and rewarding.  In some respects, it is less stuffy as it can be done from your home while you are sitting in your favourite armchair enjoying a cup of tea.

It involves a Zoom meeting where I will take notes based on your circumstances and your estate (allow one hour).  I will then craft a document to suit and email it to you for your approval. 

There are 3 alternate methods of signing:

  1. Home.  When you are happy I will ask you to print on good quality paper.  You may then sign the will before 2 independent witnesses (not beneficiaries or related to beneficiaries) who must be present at the same time.  I will then ask you to post the original document back here where we will hold it in safekeeping.  You may keep a photocopy for your records.
  2. Office.  You will drive to Adelaide Street where I will meet you while you remain in your car.  I will pass the documents through the window and you sign on the dashboard.  I will witness by signing on the bonnet and a 2nd witness will do the same while we keep our distance.  We then copy the will for you.
  3. Garden.  I can call to you with a witness (a member of my family)

Fee payment will be by EFT or cheque.

Let me know if you want to proceed and we can book a meeting online.  Contact by email jmk@pals.ie

I will be happy to take your instructions.  If you are married and your spouse also wishes to make a will the cost is the same — € 390 incl vat.

JUSTIN MCKENNA

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Moot Court Competition

(under picture) Conor Keegan (Arthur Cox), Alice Jago (Partners at Law) and Clíodhna Ni Ghadhra (Arthur Cox) at round one of the International Environmental Mooting competition.

Alice Jago, a trainee solicitor at Partners at Law, competed as part of the Irish team at the 2019 International Environmental Mooting Competition. In September 2018 Alice entered her training at the Law Society of Ireland for part one of the Professional Practice Course. Having always had a passion for the law and the environment, the environmental competition was the only moot competition she tried out for. After being picked for the team, together with Clíodhna and Conor, the work started immediately as they had to submit a memorial paper by the end of October. The memorial tested each team on their legal research skills, International Court of Justice submission standard and the strength of their legal arguments. The team’s memorial was successful at getting them through to the final rounds in Florida.

Knowing that they were through to the final rounds, the oral practice every week became very important. The team presented to panels of previous teams and respected lawyers in Ireland. The question paper presented to them dealt with international jurisdictional and state responsibility questions and the merits of these matters on the basis of the rules and principles of general international law, as well as any applicable international treaties.

After months of practice the team travelled to America, Florida in April 2019. The competition was held on the beautiful campus of Stetson University. 28 international teams had prepared to argue on issues such as international transboundary harm, environmental impact assessments and the effects of climate change. The applicant’s argument was that another state cannot utilize a shared resource if it is likely to cause harm to an endangered species and a unique ecosystem. The respondent’s argument was that the catastrophic effects of climate change warranted the extraction of seaweed and without a causal link, the respondent had not breached its international legal obligations. The team argued on both sides for two days, enjoying the nuances of each argument.

The team competed against the University of China, National Law School of India, Beijing Institute of China, the Philippines Manila University, and The University of Philippines. The Irish team got to the quarter finals with four straight wins finally bowing out to the defending champions, the University of Philippines.

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