As we've seen from previous articles, there have been innovative ways of having your Will signed and witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic - car bonnets and wheelie bins having been substituted for desks to rest on while signing and witnessing.
However, some people have been resorting to Zoom to make their Wills, and not just using it for catching up with family and friends. This falls into dangerous territory, as the Will may not be valid.
The Ministry of Justice have stated that Wills drawn up over Zoom are not valid due to the witnesses for the Will having to be physically present.
The best way to deal with your Will is to have a Solicitor draw up the document and have this physically signed and witnessed.
For more advice and guidance on the topic, contact any member of our Private Client team.
But Ministry of Justice (MoJ) officials have now ruled that wills witnessed remotely cannot be legally recognised because the witnesses have to be physically present with a ‘clear line of sight’