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STOP THE PRESS – Audio Visual Wills

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Wouldn’t you know it, but, a day after foreshadowing changes to the law in Queensland about ‘virtual’ witnessing of Wills, it has happened.

Late yesterday, the Queensland Government issued some Regulations setting out how Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorneys and Advance Health Directives can be signed without being in the physical presence of the required witnesses, i.e., audio visually.

‘Presence’ can now be virtual e.g., on Zoom, Skype etc. So you can sign any of these documents in the comfort of your own home with your witnesses somewhere else physically, but with you, technologically.

As with all laws however, it comes with a lot of small print about how the process should be done to ensure the documents are done validly.

But it is good news and reduces even further any excuse not to do these vital documents.

So what will be your excuse now?

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