The UK government has said that it will amend legislation that will allow individuals to have their wills witnessed via video links.
Law firm Royds Withy King, whose clients have had wills witnessed via WhatsApp welcomed the announcement, with Amanda Noyce, a partner in the firm’s contested wills, trusts and inheritance disputes team, saying the firm was “delighted there could soon be a change in the law to legalise wills witnessed via video - it is a vital solution for families, and one which we have provided during lockdown to our clients where necessary.”
Ms Noyce said that her firm had seen a sharp increase in instructions for wills since the coronavirus crisis, with more people wanting to take steps to put their affairs in order.
As an example, Ms Noyce explained that the as lockdown began the firm had acted for a very ill individual with Covid-19, taking instructions from him via a WhatsApp video call. Using the video facility, the firm was able to check that he was alone in the room to ensure he was not being coerced and then recorded his wishes. A draft will was emailed to him. In a second video call to execute the will, the client instructed the solicitor to sign his will on his behalf, whilst the client wat...