In the last week there has been a big shift in government advice regarding how to stay safe whilst dealing with the outbreak of Coronavirus. The latest advice is to remain inside and to only leave your home for essential activities such as food shopping. So how do you arrange to write or review your Will?
At Gregg Latchams we are all working from home so you can rest assured that our legal services remain available and our team of Wills solicitors are continuing to take instructions and progress matters as usual. We are unable to meet with you in person, but we can be contacted by telephone, email and video conferencing.
We are receiving many calls from clients asking how they can put their Wills in place at this unsettling time. Usually we would meet face to face, however, we are able to take your instructions over the telephone or via video call. It is important that you are in a private setting whilst giving your instructions to us.
Once we have your instructions for your Will we will then be able to prepare a draft for your review. This can be sent to you via email or post along with an explanation of the clauses, we can also run through the Will with you on the telephone if you would prefer. Once you are happy with the Will a final version can be sent to you in the post for signing. Detailed signing instructions will accompany the Will.
A Will needs to be witnessed by two independent witnesses and due to the restrictions placed on movement by the government this is becoming increasingly difficult. There are options available to you in these circumstances where the government guidance of social distancing can still be maintained.
Option 1 – Through a window
This is an option if two witnesses can see you signing your Will and you are able to see them witnessing. You do not have to be in the same room, but please take precautions by using your own pens and washing your hands after handling the Will document.
Option 2 – At your direction
This has always been available for those who physically cannot sign the Will themselves. This option could be used in times of isolation as we are currently experiencing. There will need to be a special clause inserted into your Will and you will need someone to sign the Will at your direction in the presence of two witnesses. This option can be combined with option 1.
If you would like to know more about how to write or review a Will at this time, our friendly team of specialist Wills solicitors are here and ready to help. We can also provide helpful information about Lasting Powers of Attorney and how to go about setting these up.