Lawyers across the country have reported a rise in the demand for Wills due to Covid-19. The 200 year old law which sets out the requirements for a valid Will are difficult to comply with in the current restrictions. 

To be valid a Will must be signed in front of two independent witnesses, who are physically present. Lawyers and clients have had to resort to new methods to ensure the Will complies with the rules for example through windows, car bonnets, driveways and over garden fences. 

The Law Society has called on the Ministry of Justice to make changes to the law, but no changes have yet been made.  For now we will continue to see the use of new methods of signing and witnessing that comply with the law and social distancing.