A 65-year-old man has appeared in court in Edinburgh after admitting that he forged a relative’s signature on a fake will, reports the Evening News.
If you are in retirement, you will probably have given a passing thought to the possibility that, one day, you may require residential care. You might even have spoken to a professional advisor, whilst updating your will, or planning your future finances.
We have been living in the “digital age” since the 1970s but, with the law on Wills predating this era -The Succession (Scotland) Act 1964, in Scotland, and The Wills Act 1837, in England - it’s fair to say that the rules for creating a Will are more than a little behind the times. With many aspects of our lives now conveniently managed using technology, there is no doubt that we increasingly expect to be able to do so. However, while technology is widely used to prepare hard copy Wills, there is, as yet, no recognition of electronically executed or stored Wills. With The Law Commission of England and Wales currently consulting on the introduction of Electronic Wills, it may not be long until Will writing catches up with the times.