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Video-witnessed Wills Extended

The Government announced yesterday that legislation introduced during the pandemic to allow Wills to be witnessed remotely will be extended until January 2024.

The legislation amended the Wills Act 1837. Although Wills still need to be witnessed by two individuals who are not beneficiaries, the legislation allows their presence to be physical or virtual. The legislation does not permit signatures to be electronic.

Lord Chancellor Dominic Raab MP said the extension was a ‘common sense measure’. The extension will continue to give vulnerable people peace of mind that their Wills will be recognised if they are forced to have them witnessed via video due to isolation or ill-health.

When it is safe to do so, Wills should still be witnessed physically. We have developed procedures for signing Wills in ways which respect the Government’s advice on social distancing as well as ensuring compliance with the Wills Act 1837.

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Please note the above is for information purposes only and is intended to be a short summary.  It should not be treated as a comprehensive guide and should not be acted on without qualified legal advice.