A public consultation by the Law Commission, launched on 13th July, is “a welcome step towards updating our will-making laws to keep them fit for purpose in the 21st century”, the Law Society has said.
Under laws which date back to 1837, a Will needs to be made in writing and signed by the Testator and two witnesses in order to be valid. The Law Commission believes that the current rules are unclear and that the current system is outdated and needs to keep up with the digital age.
In the consultation paper, the Law Commission proposes:
The consultation runs until 10th November and we shall provide an update at the end of the year.
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