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Video-witnessed Wills to be made legal during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Published on: 06 August 2020
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Video-witnessed Wills to be made legal during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  • What changes are being made to the current requirements for a valid Will and codicil?
  • What requirements for a valid Will remain the same?
  • The announcement suggests that the use of video technology should be a ‘last resort’. How will this guidance/preference be effected?
  • When will the legislation come into force?
  • Is this change permanent?
  • What practical points should practitioners keep in mind?
  • What guidance is given on electronic signatures and counterpart documents?

Article summary

Private Client analysis: This article considers the changes that are being made to the requirements for a valid Will and codicil amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to enable remote witnessing by video link. Michael Parkinson of Payne Hicks Beach examines the requirements for a valid Will, the use of video technology, the corresponding legislation that will come into force and the key points that practitioners should keep in mind if they wish to take advantage of these new provisions. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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