Temporary legislative measures for Will writing

Wills, trust & probate - KBL Solicitors

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a large increase in the number of people wanting to update a Will or write one for the first time.  The rules for the execution of Wills are strict and with the current restrictions in place for social distancing it can be almost impossible to comply.

KBL Solicitors are constantly reviewing and adapting our procedures during this difficult time to make the Will writing process easier and the Ministry of Justice is currently looking at a temporary relaxation of the rules.  We are still awaiting further guidance but possible solutions could be reducing the number of witnesses and potentially witnessing the signature by video.

Emily Deane, from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (Step) has said We are hopeful that the Ministry of Justice will implement temporary legislative measures to facilitate Will writing at this time while remaining mindful of the potential scope for abuse in these situations. Now, more than ever, it is important for people to be attentive when putting together or updating their Will to ensure that it will be valid.”

Step qualified Partner at KBL Solicitors, Maria Lonergan says “This is a highly sensitive area of law requiring careful consideration to continue to protect the vulnerable, elderly and certainty surrounding devolution of estates. However, unprecedented measures at an unprecedented time are required to be taken in order to relax the formalities for Wills dating back to 1837 to ensure those faced with making sure their affairs are in order are able to do so whilst keeping themselves and the necessary witnesses safe and compliant with Government directives.”

If you or your family members require advice or assistance with Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, tax planning or asset protection please don’t hesitate to contact Maria at MLonergan@kbl.co.uk or on 01204 527777.