The Law Commission has launched a consultation Making a Will to consider whether the format of and process for making a will should be revised. ICAEW Business Law Committee would like your help in formulating a response.
The proposed reforms are designed to ensure that everyone can make a will easily and that everyone, particularly the vulnerable (such as dementia sufferers), are protected from being coerced into making a will that either does not reflect their wishes or fraudulently disinherits those who could reasonably expect to benefit from it. There is no recommendation to make will writing a reserved legal activity.
No doubt we have all read or seen enough detective novels/films to be aware of the fictional problems regarding lost wills, duplicate wills, forged wills and the resultant (murderous!) disputes. But what is the reality? We should be grateful if you would help us sift the fiction from the fact.
The consultation is open until 10 November 2017, but we would appreciate your comments well in advance of the deadline. In particular we would like evidence of the following:
Please email Jane Berney (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your thoughts on the above or any other aspects of the current system for making a will.