COVID-19 – Signing your Will under lockdown - Update - Wills now able to be signed and witnessed using audio-visual links

COVID-19 – Signing your Will under lockdown - Update - Wills now able to be signed and witnessed using audio-visual links

Following on from our earlier article the Government has now made a temporary law change to modify the requirements for signing and witnessing wills.

This means we can now witness via Audio-Visual link (Zoom, Skype, Facetime etc) and so clients can create a valid will during level 4 and level 3 now without having to come into our office and without having to re-execute it after we revert back to level 2.

This change only applies to wills made while the Epidemic Notice is in force.  Once the Epidemic Notice is lifted, the law will return to normal.

For further information please see the attached link to the Ministry of Justice website which explains this in more detail.

Please contact us if you want to make any changes to your Will, or simply want a copy of what you have in place, to enable you to review it.

 

https://www.justice.govt.nz/about/news-and-media/covid-19-news/information-for-people-signing-and-witnessing-wills/