The Law Commission has launched its public consultation, in preparation for making recommendations to update the law on Wills. Key questions raised include:
Setting new requirements for validity of Wills - including possible electronic methods
Overhauling the requirements for "testamentary capacity" to help people with diminished capacity (e.g. due to disabilities) to make a Will more easily
Providing better protection and safeguards against fraud and undue influence
Finding new ways to implement the wishes of someone whose Will doesn't achieve what they wanted
Modernisation of the laws about making Wills is very welcome and long overdue: it should encourage more people to make Wills (and avoid the many problems that arise when someone dies without a Will); whilst new safeguards will help to reduce disputes over Wills.
View the full report on the Law Commission website.
Victorian laws, out of step with the modern world, are failing to protect the vulnerable – and not allowing others to distribute their cherished possessions after they’ve gone