Introduction of virtual wills could lead to rise in litigation

Sinead O'Callaghan, partner, Cooke, Young and Keidan, 27/10/2020

Since the onset of the pandemic there has been a significant increase in testators looking to put in place wills for the first time or revisiting existing wills.  

Due to the difficulties of reconciling the archaic and stringent legal rules in respect of will execution requirements with social distancing rules (especially for those self isolating or shielding or in hospital, care homes or in intensive care), the UK government recently announced that virtual execution of wills would finally be permitted.  These rules will apply (retrospectively) to wills made from 31 January 2020 and remain in place until 31 January 2022...

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