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Exorcising the ghost in the Wills Act

In the age of social distancing, it is about time the law is changed to allow wills to be executed electronically.

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Safeguards could be built in to protect a person from fraud or coercion by insisting that a will may be executed by him only under his lawyer’s remote supervision with the remote presence of two witnesses. BT GRAPHIC

INGENIOUS lawyers all over the Commonwealth are dreaming up rigmaroles for the signing of wills amid the pandemic. An English law firm has suggested that the will be signed at a park bench, with witnesses lurking nearby, ready to rotate around the document. Another option allows for the will to...

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