In light of the novel Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, demand for will writing has continuously increased. People are concerned about the future and want to make sure their estate is in order in case anything were to happen to them.
However, due to the government guidelines, particularly the ruling on social distancing, Private Client Solicitors have had to change the way they provide will writing services.
The Law Society has declared Solicitors acting in connection with the execution of wills as essential workers; thus, alternative arrangements must be made to overcome the limitations of the Covid-19 pandemic.
For a Will to be valid, it must meet all the requirements listed in section 9 of the wills Act 1837. The act states that no will shall be valid unless: -
These requirements mean that for a will to be valid, all three people involved (The Testator and witnesses) must be in the same room at the same time to witness each signature. However, due to social distancing and self-isolation guidelines, it is not practical or safe for Solicitors and clients to witness wills as they usually would.
To overcome such obstacles and ensure compliance with the formalities of the Wills Act, Private Client Solicitors have adopted certain measures. These measures include:
Notwithstanding the Coronavirus outbreak and policies on social distancing, other means can be used to ensure that a will is validly drafted and executed.
Although we, Deo Volente Solicitors, have suspended all face to face appointments until further notice, we have adopted alternative methods of communication such as telephone consultations, emails, letters and video calls.
At Deo Volente Solicitors, we will take instructions on your will by telephone consultation or email. We will also offer a ‘window service’ to ensure that your will is correctly drafted and executed without compromising your safety and wellbeing. We will always put the best interests of our clients above everything else.
Please rest assured that we are still taking instructions, preparing and executing wills despite the Coronavirus outbreak. We also offer urgent same day wills to provide you and your families with certainty and comfort. As probate registries are still open, we can still provide our probate services to clients in need.
In these unprecedented times, our experienced and friendly Private Client team can guide you in ensuring that your loved ones do not have to worry about what to do. If you require any advice or assistance on wills and probate, please call us on 01234 350244 for a free telephone consultation today.