- - Standing inside your house whilst your witnesses stand outside, watching you sign, and passing the Will through the letterbox and watching through the window as the witnesses sign, with the Will passed back through the letterbox.
- - Sitting or standing near a park bench or camp table or car bonnet or similar with witnesses nearby, and rotating so each approaches the bench, table or bonnet individually to witness the will;
- - Getting neighbours to witness and sign the Will from the safety of their own gardens (provided that you and each witness can see each other sign the Will);
- - Keeping on opposite sides of the same room, but the safety of doing this depends on its size and the vulnerability of the individuals involved.
How do I get people to witness my will safely?
A Will is not valid unless it is witnessed correctly. A person creating a Will and two witnesses need to be in the same place and all sign the document to ensure it is legally valid.
The current lockdown and social distancing restrictions are making this a practical challenge, especially as witnesses must not benefit from the Will, which often rules out people living in the same household. If one of them were to witness the Will, they risk losing any legacy or inheritance left to them in the Will.
We have seen a surge in demand for advice on how to witness wills. The following are our recommended options for Will signing that take account of the Public Health England two metre social distancing guidelines:-
To ensure the well-being of all involved, it is best to use separate pens and ideally use gloves and hand sanitisers where possible.
As you can see, there are a number of ways and means that can be used to ensure your Will can be signed and witnessed under lockdown.
Coronavirus has completey changed the world we live in, but this should not stop you preparing your Will and ensuring that it is properly executed – it is theonly way to make sure your wishes are carried out after you have gone.
The coronavirus pandemic has created a large spike in people making their Wills, as people seek to put their affairs in order.
Being purely online we are open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are also available to answer any queries by email or phone 7 days a week.
There is no need to book an appointment with uis - it takes most people ten minutes or so to create their Wills, so there is no reason to put it off.
We are here to help - so let's remember to stay safe and stay protected.