Remote Execution of Wills No Longer Permitted

The amendments made to the Wills Act 1837 during the Covid-19 lockdowns, allowing remote execution of a will in England and Wales, reached their expiry date on 31 January 2024 and are no longer in force.

Wills must again be signed in the presence of two independent witnesses, although it is understood that the Law Commission of England and Wales is currently developing proposals for a permanent change to the law.  This may involve a limited use of remote execution in certain circumstances where it may be difficult for witnesses to be present.


Stephen Parnham