Invitation to a consultation event on the Law of Wills
What is this about?
The Law Commission has recently published a consultation paper, Making a Will. The law of wills affects us all and the Commission is keen to hear views from across society – from members of the public, doctors, care workers, and civic groups, as well as members of the legal community.
The law in England and Wales that governs wills is, in large part, a product of the 19th century: the main statute is the Wills Act 1837, and the law that specifies when a person has testamentary capacity is set out in the case of Banks v Goodfellow from 1870. The law of wills needs to be modernised to take account of the changes in society, technology and medical understanding that have taken place since the Victorian era.
The central issues considered in the consultation paper are:
- testamentary capacity
- the rules about witnessing and signing wills
- protecting vulnerable testators
- electronic wills
We also cover other topics such as statutory wills, interpretation and rectification, ademption, revocation, mutual wills, donatio mortis causa, and whether children should be permitted to make wills.
You are invited to a Law Commission public consultation event, hosted by Bangor University. The event will be on Monday 9 October 2017 in Cledwyn Room 3, Main University Building, Bangor University, College Road, Bangor, LL57 2DG. Please arrive at 5pm for 5:30pm. The event will last for one and a half hours and Welsh translation will be available. There is no charge for this event.
Professor Nicholas Hopkins, the Family, Property and Trust Law Commissioner and Spencer Clarke, the lawyer leading the wills project will give a presentation, following which there will be the opportunity for attendees to contribute their own experiences and views on the provisional proposals made and questions asked in the consultation paper.
The Law Commission also hopes to encourage written feedback to the questions posed in the consultation paper which is available, together with a response form, on the Law Commission site, at www.lawcom.gov.uk/wills.
If you wish to attend, please respond by email by no later than 2 October 2017 to Damien Bruneau at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication date: 18 September 2017