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Witnessing A Will During Covid-19

How do I have my Will witnessed by 2 people and still observe social distancing?

It is legitimate for you and two witnesses to come together to complete a Will.

We suggest neighbours or local friends act as your witnesses so no long-distance travel is involved.

Social distancing protocols should be observed and no-one who is self-isolating, shielding or suspected of having the Covid-19 virus should be invited to be your witnesses. Current Government guidance on wearing protective face-covering should be observed.

  • For your Will to be legally valid you must sign it in the presence of two independent witnesses.
  • The two witnesses should approach as you sign, but each of you keep apart by 2m / 6 feet while still enabling them to clearly see you sign your Will.
  • You should step back, maintaining social distancing while the first witness signs, they should then step back, maintaining social distancing and the second witness sign.
  • You should place your will to one side in a temporary safe place for 24-48 hours as a precaution, before storing it safely for the longer term.

Remember:

You cannot leave your witnesses (or their married partners) anything in your will.

If you make any changes to your will you must follow the same signing and witnessing process.

If your Will is not legally signed you may as well have not made one.