Virtual witnessing of Wills to benefit Queenslanders
23 April 2020
Leading law firm Maurice Blackburn has welcomed the Queensland Government’s move to allow video conferencing technology for the signing and witnessing of Wills and other important legal documents.
The firm, which has seen a 38 per cent increase in Wills inquiries this year compared to last year, said the Government’s move would ensure Queenslanders could make valid Wills while still maintaining social distancing rules.
“The rigour around the signing of Wills reflects the importance of a Will, but we welcome the Queensland Government’s introduction of some short-term solutions during the health crisis,” said Andrew Simpson, head of the firm’s Wills and Estates practice.
Under the laws passed in Queensland Parliament on Wednesday night, video conferencing technology can be used for signing and witnessing documents including Wills, general and enduring powers of attorney, and advance health directives.