Making a Will is one of the most important things you can do to protect your family, wealth and wishes, yet only 60% of the adult population in England and Wales do so. This is something that has come to the notice of the Law Commission on England and Wales and they want to do something to change it.

One step they are taking (as part of a wider public consultation around modernising the law relating to Will writing) is to look at how to pave the way for the introduction of electronic Wills that better reflect the modern world. This is not surprising really when you consider that today’s legislation was actually made during Victorian times (The Wills Act 1837) when society, technology and medical understanding of conditions such as dementia were so much different than they are today.

As the leading provider of Wills online in England and Wales, ActiveWills is ensuring its voice is heard. We wanted to make you aware of the public consultation too so that you could share your experiences of writing an online Will and get your voice heard.

You can do this by answering the questions on page 246 of their consultation paper. You do not have to answer all questions, just those you have relevant experience of thoughts and feelings about.

Questions include

  • What are the main barriers for making a Will?
  • What are your own experiences of disputes over Wills following the death of a loved one?
  • Do you think the rule that marriage revokes a Will should be retained or abolished?

You can respond by email to propertyandtrust@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk or by post to Damien Bruneau, Law Commission, 1st Floor, Tower, Post Point 1.53, 52 Queen Anne’s Gate, London, SW1H 9AG.

The deadline for responses is 10 November.

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