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Virtual Wills, Will Signing from your Home

Virtual Wills, Will Signing from your Home

Use of video technology now permitted for Will signings


The introduction of new measures in the wake of coronavirus now allows for Wills to be witnessed remotely via video link, allowing a new approach for those who previously were unable to leave their homes or have visitors.

This change to the law will be made in September; however it will be backdated to 31st January (in line with the first UK confirmed case) and is due to remain in place until January 2022. The Ministry of Justice has advised this could be extended or shortened as required.

So how does it work? The same paper Will has to be circulated and physically signed and there could need to be up to three video calls, ideally within 24 hours although the government has said it can be a longer period if really necessary. Each time either the testator or a witness signs, there needs to be a new call. The Will is validly signed when all three calls have been completed.

The video calls using platforms such as Zoom, Facetime and Skype are available for both new Wills and amendments to existing Wills and can give peace of mind to those wanting to get their affairs in order, but  facing obstacles in doing so.

Head of Private Client Department and partner at Bridge McFarland LLP Jacqui Johnson believes this to be “a welcome innovation  where people were facing challenges, with no other options being available to them. However, the safeguards built into the legislation will need to be closely observed. “

The government have advised that video technology be used as a last resort when the physical signing of wills is not an option.

Should you have any questions about this new approach, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.