SIG Spotlight Week Webinar: Dawn of a new era: digitisation of estate legislation - 1 December 2020

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SIG Spotlight Session:

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One of the 21 one-hour webinar sessions you can register for across SIG Spotlight Week 2020. Book as many sessions as you like with increasing discounts according to the number of sessions you wish to book. SIG members, STEP members and non-members all welcome!


  • 06:00 São Paulo
  • 09:00 GMT/UTC - London
  • 10.00 Paris, Berlin
  • 13:00 Abu Dhabi
  • 14:30 New Delhi
  • 17:00 Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Perth, Singapore
  • 20:00 Sydney
  • 22:00 Auckland
  • *Convert other timezones



Event Focus

Jurisdictional specific estate legislation and court processes have been evolving to adapt to and leverage technology. The pandemic has accelerated the global digitisation conversation among practitioners, clients, legislators and the courts. There are multi-facets of the digitisation process expected from firms and organisations that range from supporting clients, to court processes and procedures, and now new entrants such as tech entrepreneurs. In many ways it starts with the laws and rules that allow specific aspects of legal documents and processes to be digitised.

This webinar, as a primer, will cover the two laws at the coalface of client engagement in estate planning, specifically electronic wills and electronic signatures. This session will explore the increasing use of technology in will-making, including the rise of, and use of, dispensing powers and electronic wills by covering the following key topics:

  • the historical and current formal requirements of executing a will;
  • the rise and use of electronic signatures;
  • increasing incidences of wills (created using various forms of technology) that do not meet the formal legal requirements to be recognised as a valid will;
  • how the courts procedures will have to also adjust to deal with the new legislation.

Given that laws are jurisdictionally specific, sample examples from various jurisdictions will be discussed.


  • MODERATOR: Leigh Sagar TEP, Barrister, New Square Chambers – United Kingdom
  • Kimberley Martin TEP, Director, Worrall Moss Martin Lawyers – Australia


A live webinar accessible by web (both for audio and visuals) from your computer, tablet or smartphone. In a designated session towards the end, attendees will have the opportunity to ask live questions of the speakers.

Joining Instructions

To join the webinar at the designated time, prior registration is required.

Following registration, registrants will receive an email containing instructions for joining the webinar.

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Event Cost
Digital Assets SIG Member - £40 +VAT
STEP Member - £50 +VAT
Non-member - £60 +VAT
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