The crisis occasioned by Covid-19 demanded changes in all of our lives. It also demanded that our legal profession adopt new and different approaches to the making of Wills, Powers of Attorney and in respect of the execution of documents which required to be notarised.
This Virtual Classroom will consider those changes and other possible changes which may have been on the horizon in any event. Should digital Wills now be accepted? Should draft Wills which are unsigned be accepted as being the valid and binding testamentary last wishes of the testator?
Matters which, notwithstanding the current crisis, any Willmaking Solicitor should take into account when preparing a Will for a client – and perhaps thereby protecting himself from a claim for damages for professional negligence from disappointed beneficiaries further down the line - will also be considered.
After attending this virtual classroom delegates will gain an understanding of:
what the Law Society will regard as acceptable for the remote making of Wills etc during the current crisis
where we might be going with the making of Wills and their execution – including understanding how other jurisdictions have handled this matter
what matters need to be taken into account by a Will draftsman notwithstanding the current Coronavirus crisis
where we presently stand in relation to claims of negligence by disappointed beneficiaries in relation to Wills
what might currently be regarded as acceptable as a valid Will