25 July 2020

Change in law will make it easier for people to record their wishes during the pandemic

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Meera Khanna, Consumer PR Manager
Meera Khanna

Corporate PR Manager - Protection

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Mona Patel, consumer spokeswoman at Royal London comments on the announcement that the Government plans a law change to allow wills to be witnessed virtually in England and Wales.

“The change in law to allow wills to be witnessed virtually will make it easier for people to record their wishes during the pandemic. Having an up-to-date will in place is important, as it can give you peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out and your loved ones will be looked after financially. Our research shows three in five UK adults do not have a will in place, so it’s important that the pandemic doesn’t exacerbate this further.”

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Notes to editors

Royal London research found that:

  • Three in five (57%) UK adults do not have a will in place.
  • 31% of over 55 year olds do not have a will in place.
  • More than two in five (44%) homeowners do not have a will in place.

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Meera Khanna, Corporate PR Manager - Protection

About Royal London:

Royal London is the largest mutual life insurance, pensions and investment company in the UK, with assets under management of £139 billion, 8.6 million policies in force and 4,348 employees. Figures quoted are as at 30 June 2020.