The effect of the coronavirus pandemic continues to change long-standing practises, witnessing for wills is no exception. The Government will allow wills to be witnessed remotely for the next two years.
Previously, wills required two witnesses’ signatures to be made in the physical presence of the testator. This validates wills in England & Wales. During the pandemic our team have had to find innovative ways to get wills signed, whilst adhering to the social distancing measures. This saw us asking neighbours to sign over garden fences & documents between two parked cars.
From the very start of lockdown, many of us have been speaking with the Ministry of Justice about how best to alleviate the difficulties that you have been facing in making wills.
What is important to remember now that wills can be witnessed remotely is that guidance to reduce fraud must be followed. The Government will also need to ensure the legislation is properly drafted to minimise unintended consequences & ensure validity.
We are able to help you understand these new measures in more detail, whilst also helping you to create your will.