Lawyers have warned of a floodgate of disputes following the government’s announcement that it will legalise remote witnessing of wills retrospectively from the end of January.

New legislation will be implemented in September permitting video-witnessing of wills if the quality of the sound and video is sufficient to see and hear what is happening at the time.

However, remote witnessing must be a last resort and two witnesses will still be required.

The move follows a significant rise in the numbers of wills executed since lockdown restrictions were imposed in March.

The social distancing restrictions raised practical and legal problems for many testators and their lawyers in complying with the legal requirem...

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