Due to COVID-19, we are all utilising technology to keep in contact with others but also to perform the necessary duties and roles of our jobs. The question of witnessing documents electronically is one that needs to be clarified in this time of technological dependence.

April 2020 saw temporary changes to legislation to allow the use of video conferencing as a means for witnessing legal documents such as wills, statutory declarations, contracts and powers of attorney. However, now being October, it is vital to check whether this legislative relief has been extended or withdrawn? The good news is that it has been extended to the end of 2021. This means that a witness can sight a document’s signatures using real-time video conferencing technology such as Skype or Zoom. These changes have made it easier for witness identification and for the necessary COVID-19 precautions and measures to remain in place.

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