Covid 19, remote execution and forged wills

As the government prepares legislative amendments to allow remote execution and attestation of wills during the Covid 19 pandemic, focus returns to the ever-present risk of fraud in testamentary dispositions. All transactions are at risk of fraud but the problem is particularly acute with wills, as the likely ‘star witness’ will not be available when the fraud is uncovered.

In this discussion, Paul Burton and Sophia Rogers highlight some of the practical difficulties of challenging fraudulent wills and preventing them from being admitted to probate, with issues ranging from best practice, disclosure, costs and the format of any trial.