I imagine some of you were possibly expecting details of a technological advancement in the legal sector but I will save that for another day. Instead, I am going to make an unlikely comparison.
In case you didn’t know, a Will is a legal declaration by which a person names one or more persons to manage their Estate and provides for the transfer of his/her property at death.
So how can a historic legal document be similar to the World Wide Web?
I was recently discussing our forthcoming new website with my friends at webdna & we agreed that a website is never the finished article. Technology is constantly evolving but more so is human interaction with technology. If you think back 10 years, very few of us would have been ordering shopping using our mobiles. Today, an e-commerce website would struggle to compete without a carefully considered multi-device strategy.
As for Wills, technically speaking, they are final once they have been signed & witnessed correctly. However, if you were to make a Will aged 30 & rely on this for your lifetime, it probably wouldn’t be relevant to later life. In the same way that websites need to adapt & change, so do Wills. Marriage, divorce, births, deaths, property & charity are all things that can change in your life & therefore affect a Will.
If you haven’t got a Will, my advice is to act now whilst you are thinking about it. It’s very easy to do & can be done remotely if needed. Likewise, if you have a Will, when was the last time you considered its relevance to your current situation? It doesn’t take much to alter but can make the world of difference.