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Remote witnessing of Wills—pros and cons from a disputes’ perspective

Remote witnessing of Wills—pros and cons from a disputes’ perspective
Published on: 23 September 2020
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Remote witnessing of Wills—pros and cons from a disputes’ perspective
  • What are the new rules and when do they apply?
  • What problems do you foresee with assessing capacity and consequent disputes?
  • What issues could there be with undue influence and fraud/forgery?
  • What happens if the testator dies before the witnesses have signed the document? Are there any dispensing powers in this jurisdiction whereby the court could still uphold the Will?
  • Are there any other problems that you foresee could lead to more disputes?
  • Do you think this process could avoid disputes in some cases?
  • Do you think these coronavirus initiated changes are here to stay?

Article summary

Private Client analysis: Mark Lindley, partner at Boodle Hatfield, discusses the new rules in the Wills Act 1837 (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020, SI 2020/952 (the Order), which have been developed as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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