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Publication date:- 2017-29-07

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Caution urged over 'make a Will by text message' proposal

A proposal that could see emails, text messages and voicemails used to make legally binding Wills could be 'fraught with pitfalls' according to an expert. The Law Commission recently launched a consultation into whether modern communication methods could be recognised by courts in a bid to relax rules which are many years old and encourage more people to make a Will.  It is part of a wider examination of the current legal system for making Wills, which is also looking at ways to better protect vulnerable people such as those with dementia. Now Elizabeth Byrne, head of the Wills and Estate Planning team at Napthens solicitors, has warned that the proposals would mean an overhaul of the way Wills are put together. She explained:- "At the moment, Wills have to be executed in accordance with the procedure laid out in the Wills Act 1837, which means a Will must be made in writing and signed by the person making it, in the presence of 2 independent persons who must sign as witnesses. So often we have the situation where people expect a hastily written letter to be a valid Will, but if it isn't executed in accordance with the Act it simply doesn't count. To go from that to emails or texts being a valid way of producing a Will is a monumental change. I can appreciate that when we're working to a law that is nearly 200 years old there needs to be change to reflect modern lifestyle changes, but on the upside the current system does give certainty and reduced the risk of contested Wills. These days contested Wills are on the increase, and these plans may not help this situation. However, being talked about doesn't mean changes will actually happen, but I do think we may well see some relaxation of the rules and, hopefully, added protection for more vulnerable people, and this is to be welcomed."

McDonalds restaurant near Switch Island has had a failed robbery

MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives are appealing for information after a failed robbery that took place at a McDonalds restaurant near Switch Island, on 23 July 2017. We are told that around 9.15am, 2 males entered the restaurant and jumped over the serving counter before entering the office, that is located at the rear of the premises. The pair are then said to have threatened the manager and a cash delivery guard before stealing the cash boxes from them. As they left the restaurant 1 of the offenders fell over, dropping the cash boxes. He and his accomplice then drove off in a black BMW which was later found abandoned in Bootle. We are told that no 1 was injured during the attempted robbery, but staff and customers were left distressed by what happened. The offenders are described as tall with their faces and hands covered. It is believed they were carrying some sort of weapon or weapons. Patrols are searching for the pair while detectives make enquiries at the scene, including:- CCTV, forensic examinations and speaking to witnesses. Anyone who was in the McDonalds or nearby at the time who witnessed the incident or captured any camera footage of it is asked to call Merseyside Police on:- 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

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