Covid changes the way in which Wills are witnessed.
For over 100 years The Wills Act 1837 has dictated how Wills are made valid. Section 9 of that Act states that a Will should be witnessed by two people in the presence of the testator after he has signed. This has caused tremendous problems during Covid and it has taken until a few days ago for the Ministry of Justice to announce that video witnessing of wills will be made legal during the Corona virus pandemic. The planned changes will be back dated to the 31st of January 2020 and there is no end date however it is thought that this new law will remain in until the Corona virus pandemic has passed. Although the Ministry of Justice would prefer future Wills to be witnessed in accordance with section 9 of the Wills Act guidelines will be produced in the next few weeks which will explain how Wills can be witnessed via video means such as zoom. This will therefore avoid the problems that many clients have experienced over the last few months and will also assist should we go into lockdown in the winter months.
To discuss how this may affect you please call Debra on 01753 299466 where we will be happy to advise you. Please remember that we offer a fixed fee will service which will ensure that you remain in control of your assets and leave them to who you chose to leave them to. We also offer price reductions if you chose to have your LPAs drafted at the same time.