As a follow up to our recent article on this topic, the industry is waiting with bated breath for an announcement which is expected this week, on whether a will can be witnessed via video link such as Skype or Zoom.
If this is passed by the Ministry of Justice, then it will herald a new age in this area of law, amending the age-old Wills Act 1837, which requires a 'physical presence' in order to witness a will. With the announcement, this could well be changed to 'virtual presence'.
The thinking is that the amendment will be retrospective, and will apply from 31 January 2020.
This has been a very hot topic recently, with the headline also making it to The Telegraph earlier this week. It is very much 'watch this space'...
Anticipation Grows As Sector Awaits MoJ Announcement. It is anticipated that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will make an announcement legalizing Wills that have been witnessed via video calls. It is thought people will be able to use video platforms like Zoom or Skype to sign their wills in the ‘virtual’ presence of two witnesses.