Video-witnessed wills

Source: Ministry of Justice | | 17/09/2020

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed that video witnessed wills in England and Wales will be made legal during the coronavirus pandemic. The change in law to introduce this measure is due to come into force later this month - the reforms will be backdated to 31 January 2020 - the date of the first confirmed coronavirus case in the UK.

This means that any will witnessed by video technology from that date onwards will be legally accepted. The change will remain in place until 31 January 2022, or as long as deemed necessary, after which wills must return to being made with witnesses who are physically present.

Currently, the law states that a will must be made ‘in the presence of’ at least two witnesses. The changes will amend the law to include video-witnessing.

The MoJ has stated that the use of video technology should remain a last resort, and people must continue to arrange physical witnessing of wills where it is safe to do so. Wills witnessed through windows are already considered legitimate in case law as long as they have clear sight of the person signing it.

Even with video witnessing, the wills still need to be signed by two witnesses who are not its beneficiaries and electronic signatures will not be permitted.



Contact Us

8-10 Queen Street
Seaton
Devon
EX12 2NY
Tel: 01297 624188

Also in Exeter

21 Heavitree Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 2LD
Tel: 01392 823999

 

Cookie Policy

Latest News

Unravelling the jargon: what is a support bubble?
27/10/2020 - More...
The following notes are copied from the GOV.UK website. At first glance, it would appear that the definition of a

Handling food? Wash, those hands
27/10/2020 - More...
If you are considering any change to your business activities that will involve handling any packaged food or raw

New cashback scheme proposed
22/10/2020 - More...
The government has announced plans to allow customers to get cashback from shops without needing to make a purchase. At

News Search


Newsletter

With our newsletter, you automatically receive our latest news per e-mail and get access to the archive including advanced search options!

» Sign up for the newsletter
» Login