It is probably not an exaggeration to say that no-one likes change for change sake but in the case of the Wills Act 1837 (“the Act”) the Government is coming under considerable pressure to change what has been the recognised process of witnessing wills for the last 183 years! Many other legal documents have made their way into the modern world by being capable of being executed in a digital format but not so wills.
Coronavirus update: Video-witnessed Wills - what do I need to know?
On 25 July it hit the headlines that video-witnessed Wills will be legalised. The government is set to introduce secondary legislation, amending Wills Act 1837 so that, while Wills must continue to be signed ‘in the presence’ of two witnesses, their presence can be either physical or virtual.