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03rd April 2020

Coronavirus Crisis: The Importance of Wills and LPAs

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We are in unprecedented times and the uncertainty and stress caused by the coronavirus is affecting us all. We have been contacted by many people who are concerned that they may not have made or updated their Wills, or who have queries about lasting powers of attorney and are worried that they may now not be able to ensure their wishes are carried out. This is particularly important where family dynamics or circumstances have changed, possibly as a result of recent events.

Hewitsons has acted quickly to ensure that our solicitors and support staff are able to work from home, and we have updated our identification procedures so that in most cases we are still able to carry out work for you even though we cannot meet in person. We are still able to assist with:

  1. Wills – we can no longer act as witnesses, but we can ‘meet’ via video calls, prepare and send out documents and supervise the signing of Wills, again by video call. We are able to provide comprehensive advice regarding the witnessing of Wills and social distancing.
  2. Lasting Powers of Attorney – again, we can take instructions and prepare documents remotely. In most circumstances we are still able to act as certificate provider where video calling is available, and provide full advice on maximising the flexibility of these important documents for your personal circumstances.
  3. Probate - we are still able to undertake probate work remotely and have effective procedures in place to manage the documents required for this.
  4. Estate Planning and Trusts - we are very happy to advise on all matters relating to estate planning, trusts and inheritance tax. All our solicitors are members of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners and are experts in their field.
If you would like to discuss your personal circumstances, please contact Jennifer Koch on 01223 532737 or click here to email Jennifer.