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The Ministry of Justice confirms that legal professionals involved in the preparation of Wills fall within the government’s definition of Key Workers.

We have continued to provide our services safely whilst taking every precaution possible to do this within the government’s guidelines; and yes, it is presenting challenges, particularly in relation to Will signing and witnessing following the formal requirements of The Wills Act 1837.

You need to sign your Will in the presence of two or more independent witnesses. As it’s not clear whether or not video presence falls strictly within the definition, we clearly can’t make that assumption so seeing the signatures applied through a window helps to maintain that social distancing and get the job done.  It is an interesting point that that the Law Society of Scotland has temporarily relaxed its rules and does allow witnessing by video conference, but here in England and Wales nothing has been done. So, if the weather worsens, it will present us with further challenges but as the Summer approaches, I think we’ll probably manage. Time for a change in the rules, I think.

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