Professor Lesley King puts her spotlight on the new video will witnessing process and the Law Society’s guidance. She explains the background, impact and risks to consider related to the video execution of wills plus suggested solutions.

On 7 September 2020, a statutory instrument was laid before Parliament, to permit the video-witnessing of wills during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Wills Act 1837 (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 confirms that requirements for the presence of witnesses can be satisfied by either physical presence, or by virtual means (video-conferencing). These changes have the potential to make a significant impact on the execution of wills.

In this 17 min podcast Professor Lesley King covers:

  • what the changes mean to the practice of will writing
  • the complications and real life practical challenges required
  • the risk for firms with video witnessing
  • recommended solutions
  • the exceptions 

This podcast aims to assist the newley qualified practitioner as well as those established in practice.

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