With the devastating effects of the Coronavirus being reported globally, you may be thinking about estate planning and preparing your Will or amending an existing one. Modern technology means that even in the state of “lockdown” the UK and other countries currently find themselves in, you can speak to your advisors over the phone, by email and even face to face using video-conferencing apps, making meetings just as easy as in person.
In the current circumstances it may however be difficult to find independent witnesses and also keep to social distancing rules. And, whilst there have been advancements in relation to e-signatures these have not yet extended to Wills. So, for now at least, all signatures must be “wet” and made in your presence.
The Law Society and Ministry of Justice are looking into ways that the formality of Will signing can be relaxed.
For more information, we invite you to read our Briefing Note entitled: Where there is Will we need to find a way.
We will be following the updates on this closely and provide further information once it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions about making or signing your Will during this time then please contact Toni Recchia or a member of the Wealth Planning Team who will be happy to assist.