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Win for vulnerable people: Video-witnessed wills extended

Legislation that allows vulnerable people to have their wills witnessed via video calls will continue until January 2024.

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed an extension of the legislation that was brought in during the pandemic.

Now the Law Commission is consdering reforms that may see these changes made permanent.

The news is great for people who have to isolate with Covid or from another vulnerability, who will have peace of mind that their wills will be recognised legally.

Physical witnesses

In normal times, wills have to be witnesses with a physical presence. However to protect vulnerable people, two witnesses are required if the sound and picture quality on an online call such as Zoom, is sufficient to view the proceedings.

But people must continue to arrange physical witnesses of wills where it is safe to do so with video technology a last resort.

How Marsden Rawsthorn can support with your wills

Zoe Fleming, Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts, says: “Although you can write your own will, we would always recommend that you use a solicitor to make sure your will covers your wishes, all necessary formalities are met and that the will is validly executed.

“It always pays to seek the advice of a solicitor who specialises in wills and estate planning who can discuss with you the options and will ensure that your estate is preserved to pass on to your family or chosen beneficiaries in the most tax efficient way.”

If you need help to create a will, contact our teams on 0800 294 4410 or 0800 294 4410.

 

Article prepared by Zoe Fleming, Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts

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