During the COVID-19 pandemic, laws changed to adapt to the challenges we faced. One significant change allowed people to sign and witness Wills remotely, offering a solution for many during these uncertain times. However, as of January 31st, 2024, this provision is set to expire.
Starting February 1st, 2024, individuals will need to physically sign and have their Wills witnessed again. This shift highlights the importance of staying informed about legal updates that affect our personal affairs.
While we expect a smooth return to traditional signing methods, it’s important to note that circumstances may change. The government could extend the period based on the ongoing situation, so it’s recommended to stay updated on any announcements regarding these changes.
Remote Will signing provided much-needed flexibility for those unable to attend legal appointments in person during the pandemic. At ELM Legal Services, we support permanently integrating remote signing and witnessing of Wills into law. This modern approach aligns with technological advancements, improving accessibility and convenience. Making this provision permanent would create a more efficient and adaptable legal system, meeting the evolving needs of our digital age. Our commitment is to advocate for measures prioritising convenience and inclusivity in legal procedures.
If you have concerns or questions about this upcoming change, feel free to reach out to our team on 0117 952 0698 or simply click on Contact Us. We’re here to assist you, providing guidance and clarity on any uncertainties you may have.