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'...