One of the main requirements of making a Will is that a testator’s signature must be witnessed by two independent people. During the COVID-19 pandemic people are required to comply with Government guidance on social distancing and may also be required to self-isolate. This makes it difficult to meet the requirement for a testator to sign a Will in the presence of two witnesses.
Whilst these strict requirements for validly executing a Will remain in place, practitioners are having to find new ways to ensure that Wills can be safely witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic. DQ has updated its Wills execution requirements guidance, which you can find here.
If you would like further information or wish to discuss your Will please contact Sarah Blackman or any member of our private client team.