It has never been easier, safer or simpler to make your Will in the privacy of your home.
Broomhead & Saul and its associated practice, Solicitors Title LLP lead the field, nationally, by developing the first Video Wills Service and in their extensive use of online video conferencing.
What is a Video Wills
A Video Will (also known as a Distance or Remote Will) provides a safer and more convenient way of complying with the formalities for signing and witnessing your Will in full conformity with the Wills Act 1837.
A Video Will enables you to sign your Will in the safety and privacy of your home whilst your solicitors arrange for the witnessing formalities to be undertaken remotely from the offices using video conferencing technology.
Professional Services in the 21st Century
You can now consult our professionally trained Will writing specialists who will prepare a bespoke Will tailored to your precise wishes. You can then complete your Will in the comfort and seclusion of your home, without ever having to visit our offices.
Four Easy Steps
Daring to differ
We developed this service to address our clients needs.
Until very recently, the well-established and uniform view of the legal profession (including the Law Society and the highly esteemed Law Commission) was that the Wills Act 1837 insists on a will being signed by the testator in the physical presence of two witnesses. This was a common misconception, derived primarily from custom and practice, rather than legal principles.
Discussions with the government had floundered after the Law Society’s proposals to suspend the need for witnesses completely was rejected; rightly so in our view, because that would have exposed vulnerable individuals to fraud and undue influence.
Dr Nicholas Bevan, at Broomhead & Saul and its associated firm Solictors Title LLP, undertook his own research. His detailed paper exposed serious flaws in an influential Law Commission report that had wrongly cited three cases as purportedly supporting the establishment view that the term ‘presence’ insists on a witness’ physical proximity. Our research identified that the case authorities actually require something more practical: simply that ‘presence’ should afford a ‘clear line of sight’.
Daring to Act
Broomhead & Saul were the first firm in the country to execute a Distance Will for a self-isolating client on 1 May 2020, sparing our client the distress, risk and inconvenience of travelling to our offices during the lockdown.
Reforming the Law
We then instituted a highly successful snap law reform campaign, run in association with Solicitors Title LLP. Our letter to the Justice Secretary was complimented in gracious terms by Lord Keen QC on behalf of the government. The government then issued Guidance based on our research and recommendations. The Wills Act 1837 (Electronic Communications) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 gives formal effect to this for a two year period backdated to 31 January 2020.
This represents the most significant reform to the law on Wills since the Statute of Frauds 1677.
See How We Changed The Law.
How much does it cost
Take advantage of the introductory rate of £400 plus VAT for preparing and executing a standard professional Distance Will, undertaken remotely from the safety of your home, using our unique video witnessing service.
To make an appointment to discuss your needs, please contact:
Taunton Office: 01823 288121
Contact: Dr Nicholas Bevan
or email [email protected]