Will Electronic Wills Soon Be The Norm?

19 July 2017

Last week, the Law Commission launched its consultation on the law of wills which is thought by many to be archaic and in need of reform. 

The consultation proposes, among other things, a review of the law on the formation of wills and testamentary capacity, and the relaxation of the strict formality rules which must be followed to make a valid will.  It also presents the notion that it should be possible for electronic wills to have legal effect - a change which is hoped to make the process simpler and encourage more people to make wills. The consultation paper cites that governmental data suggest that "almost 40% of the adult population die without a will".

The consultation will close on 10 November 2017.

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