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Government dismisses possibility of wills sent by ‘informal routes’

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Government does not think change in wills law will lead to people sending documents by text.

The suggestion that a proposed change in the law around wills could lead to people sending the documents by text has been dismissed by the government.

Whilst it was acknowledged that the Law Society had permitted electronic wills to be valid in law, junior justice minister Philip Lee stressed that this would not mean that a text message could constitute a will.

This formed part of Lee’s response to a question in Parliament where he had been asked about the Law Commission’s proposals, and the governmental assessments put in place to make sure that consumers were safeguarded against fraud.

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