Government COVID-19 regulation changes | Witness a Will via video conference

Posted on Friday 14th August 2020
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It’s undeniable that the Coronavirus outbreak has caused anxiety, stress, and worries about the future for many people as well as our hard-working fishermen.

Statistics show that the number of people who decided to make a Will in the UK during the pandemic increased.

However, for those shielding or self-isolating it is extremely challenging to follow the normal legalities of making a Will – namely it being witnessed, in person, by two people.

In response to this, the government is introducing new regulations that will make it legal to witness a Will via video conferencing, making the process easier during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The legislation will apply to all Wills made since 31st January 2020 and will remain in place for two years (until 31st January 2022) but this period could be shortened or extended if deemed necessary. Full guidance on the new regulations appears on the government website here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-on-making-wills-using-video-conferencing .

So if you are thinking of writing or changing your Will then we hope this will help you through the process. Alternatively, for more information, please contact Sophie Davies (our Trust & Legacy Manager), in complete confidence, on 07901 673148 or email her at SophieDavies@fishermensmission.org.uk.