17 Jul

Hallelujah – outdated law on wills to reform, wills to go electronic!

The Law Society has announced that, in their own words, the outdated law of wills needs an overhaul.

In a statement on their web site, they indicate that Victorian laws, out of step with the modern world, are failing to protect the vulnerable.

With an estimated 40% of adults dying each year in the UK without a will, the focus is on softening rules, possibly lowering the legal age for making wills from 18 to 16, and taking account of conditions like dementia.

Almost as an aside, they add that they also want to pave the way for the introduction of electronic wills. There appears to be no indication yet of what form this would take, but we at YOH would expect to see this meaning wills will be stored as electronic records, and also hopefully made available online, other than just to the legal profession itself as currently (for those wills where an electronic copy has additionally been created).

Public consultation on will reform run until 10 November 2017, and you can review and respond here: http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/wills/