Thousands of wills made during Zoomdown with Zoom are ‘not legal’ because they were seen during a video call
- Whitehall sources say wills issued in lockdown have no legal force
- This is because many wills were discussed at lawyers’ meetings about Zoom
- Wills prepared and attended during video calls cannot be legally recognized
Thousands of wills drawn up at the closing date have no legal force because they witnessed it during a video call, Whitehall sources revealed.
The lockdown led to a boom in lawyer appointments on platforms such as Zoom.
Government sources said the wills drawn up during the blocking period have no legal force because they were being held during a video call
However, officials at the Department of Justice (MoJ) have now ruled that witness witnesses at a distance cannot be legally recognized because the witnesses must be physically present with a “clear view.”
To avert the chaos of endless legal challenges, the MoJ plans to enact a law in September that will retroactively legalize all “video wills” since January 31.
During Zoom meetings in lockdown, many appointments were made with wills held by wills