A press release from the Ministry of Justice and The Rt Hon Dominic Raaab MP on the 11th January 2022 has confirmed that :
‘Vulnerable people across England and Wales will continue to be able to have their wills witnessed via video-link up until 2024, under legislation’ on the 11 January 2022 ‘to extend measures brought in during the pandemic.
– anyone isolating can continue to have wills witnessed virtually until January 2024
– research suggests up to 14 percent of legal professionals have already used video witnessing’
For further information and the full press release on this update see:
Guidance on making wills using video conferencing was published on 25 July 2020 by the MOJ and last updated on the 20 August 2020.
Further information on this guidance has been published by the Ministry of Justice https://tinyurl.com/yc4dcdrj
There is still a requirement that Wills should still be signed in front of two witnesses who are not beneficieries under the Will but the presence of the witnesses can be physical or virtual.
To ensure that a Will is valid and that an estate will pass in accordance with one’s wishes it is important to seek independent legal advice about this as soon as possible no matter what the value of the estate is.