Have your say on wills proposals

Archive: The consultation closed on 10 November 2017. See the latest on the project here.

As part of the Law Commission’s consultation on the laws around making a will it will host a series of free public events.

Law Commissioner Professor Nick Hopkins and the project team will set out their proposals for change and ask for local people’s views to help form their final recommendations to government.

There are 3 public events, one in each of Bangor, Southport and Eastbourne:

Date Location Time Info
9 October 2017  

Cledwyn Room 3, Main University Building, Bangor University, College Road, Bangor, LL57 2DG

5.30pm to 7.00pm Event flyer
13 October 2017  

Norwood Room, Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road,  Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6HQ


3.30pm to 5.00pm Event flyer
2 November 2017 Eastbourne Blind Society, 124-142 Longstone Road, Eastbourne, BN22 8DA 3.30pm to 5.00pm Event flyer


How to book

To book your place contact Damien Bruneau as soon as possible.

The consultation

The Law Commission is consulting on plans to change the law around making a will. It proposes:

  • Giving the court power to recognise a will in cases where the formality rules haven’t been followed but the will-maker has made clear their intentions.
  • Lowering the age at which people are able to make a will from 18 to 16 years old.
  • An overhaul of the rules protecting vulnerable testators.
  • Applying the test of capacity in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to the question of whether a person has the capacity to make a will.
  • Providing statutory guidance for doctors and other professionals conducting an assessment of whether a person has the required mental capacity to make a will.
  • Giving the Lord Chancellor power to make provision for electronic wills.

The consultation will run until 10 November 2017.  It is available to view and respond to here: http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/wills/

For Welsh speakers

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