By DebbieH 02 Jan 2019 7 min read

7 out of 10 people do not want robots drafting will, survey reveals

A survey conducted by law firm VWV revealed that 7 out of 10 people would not want their Will to be drafted using artificial intelligence.

Despite more law firms adopting the technology, 73pc of those asked said they would not trust a robot to draft their Will. Almost a third said they wanted no AI involvement at all.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Angharad Lynn, a senior associate at VWV, said: “Individuals are understandably anxious about ensuring that their Wills are drafted, and estates administered, by human beings.

“The place of the trusted adviser is still very important when it comes to an individual’s legal affairs.”

Contrary to the surveys findings, almost all of the London law firms are thought to be planning to use AI in their practices.

Research in 2018 by real estate adviser CBRE found that around half of all UK law firms were already using artificial intelligence software in their businesses.

Of those using the technology, around two thirds were doing so to generate and review legal documents.

Concerns around introducing AI in the drafting of documents comes as the Law Commission reviews the possibility of updating laws over Wills, the majority of which date back to the 1800s.

Speaking about the review in 2017, Law Commissioner Nick Hopkins said the laws were “unclear and outdated”.

“We want an overhaul to bring the law into the modern world,” he said.




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