Writing a will has been the same for centuries, but it hasn’t changed very much. And that was fine until modern technology came into play – and modern lives. But now, in the 21st century, will writing is out of date and needs to be modernised.
How could that happen?
One idea is that small errors that a judge can easily see are unintentional mistakes, should be overlooked rather than making the entire will invalid. At the moment, an error such as not being in the room when your witnesses sign the will can lead to big problems when it comes to probate. If things like this can be overlooked then the court’s time, and the beneficiaries’ inheritance, can be organised much better.
Another idea is that a will could be written via text, email, or perhaps even voicemail. There are many new and diverse ways to communicate these days, and it seems strange that currently none of them can be used to communicate what someone wants to do with their estate and body after they have died.
Executing a will is also something that always takes a lot of time, and is hard work for the person tasked with the job. If a will could be executed electronically then it would save a lot of time and worry for everyone involved. Documents and information could be passed within seconds rather than days or even weeks.
Or how about lowering the age that you are able to write a will to 16? At the moment, you have to be 18 to write a legally valid will, but lowering the age to 16 may enable young people to take more responsibility, and for those who are terminally ill to be able to make their own decisions about what will happen.
RootsTech… the name sounds intriguing, but what exactly is it? Well, if you are keen to know more about recent technological advances in genealogy, it’s the perfect place to go. Running from 8th to 11th February in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, it is the biggest genealogy convention around. It has been going for seven years now, and it is growing hugely each year.
This is the place where tens of thousands of family historians and qualified genealogists gather to find out more about their families, themselves, and the tech that is being developed to help them with that search. There should be over 30,000 attendees at the 2017 convention over the four days it is on.
There are many reasons why people attend, and perhaps you might be keen to go yourself.
Firstly, it’s entirely possible that you could meet a long lost relative at the convention. It has happened more than once, with different people finding that they are searching for the same people. They can then combine their research and come up with a much bigger family tree. Plus, it’s always exciting to meet family you may not even have known you had!
Another good reason to go is that it will re-energise you when it comes to your search. For anyone who has attempted or is attempting to find out more about their ancestors, brick walls appear all too often and it can become somewhat disheartening. Going to a convention like this will give you a big boost and set you off on the right path once more. You may even discover new tech that will help you.
Speaking of new tech, that is the main reason for attending this particular event. At the 2017 convention you will find over 100 different exhibitors all showing how their innovations can help you find family members and create the ultimate family tree. Not only that, but you will be able to use some of this tech yourself. Having a proper play with it will help you decide what works for you, and what doesn’t.
Finally, those attending RootsTech all have one thing in common; they are genealogists, either professional or amateur. With that in mind, there is no doubt that you will be able to make friends and become part of a much wider community.