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Petition Make it easier for those self-isolating to sign a Will

Urgently introduce options for electronically signing Wills, and/or such other options as may enable a Will to be signed without the need for witnesses to be physically present.

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The validity of Wills is currently governed by the Wills Act 1837. A Will must be signed in the physical presence of two independent witnesses, who then also sign the Will in the physical presence of the testator (Will-writer).

In the light of the current coronavirus pandemic, many people feel the need to urgently make or update their Wills. Unfortunately, many of these people are self-isolating and cannot meet the requirements. Urgent change is needed to meet this need.

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