Due to rise of Probate disputes in UK over ‘digital messages’. Law commission proposed to make new law make some changes to make digital wills a possibility. UK Law is considering on relaxing its rules in England, which date back to 1837, to reflect technological changes in UK and give judges greater latitude.
“Although English law requires strict formalities for the signature of a will, there is already some flexibility over the actual method of signature, or approval, where it is difficult for the person making a Will to provide a normal signature.”
“What is important is that there needs to be some ‘act’ of confirmation of the will, and also some witnesses to the act.
“The Law Commission has now proposed some changes to make digital wills a possibility, but this may only lead to a greater number of probate disputes as the risks of forgery of an electronic document will increase accordingly.”