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Our COVID-19 Wills policy

Our COVID-19 Wills policy

About

We are pleased to confirm that it is very much business as usual in relation to Wills, although we have adapted our working practices to reflect the current COVID-19 pandemic. We have implemented remote working across the firm and those in the Private Wealth Team are working from home, supported by a small number of staff in the offices. We continue to be fully accessible by phone and email and we can ‘meet’ using skype, facetime and other types of video call. We are well placed to assist you through each stage of the Will-making process and we will continue to meet your needs. We understand how important it is to you to ensure your affairs are up to date, for the protection of those close to you and your own peace of mind, and we will work with you to achieve this.

In light of the current situation, we have put in place a policy in relation to Will instructions which is designed to protect both our clients and our staff during these unprecedented times.

With Government guidance in mind, we have taken the view that we should not meet with clients in person at this time due to the risks this presents to all concerned. We will usually ask you to complete a Will Questionnaire at the outset and any discussions in relation to your Will can take place over the telephone or preferably on some form of video call such as skype, facetime, WhatsApp or zoom. We will use the chosen means of communication to go through the Will with you before you sign it, to ensure that it accurately reflects your wishes and that you are happy with it.

Our current policy on the signing of Wills is to send the Will to you for signature, with clear instructions on the procedure to be followed (including the need to sign in the presence of two independent witnesses).

We regret that we are unable to prepare Wills for those currently in hospital or in other care settings due to the associated difficulties and risks.


For help or advice in relation to your Will, please contact one of our Private Wealth Solicitors direct or telephone us and we will arrange for someone to get in touch with you.

Key Contacts

Carolyn Bagley - Partner

Carolyn Bagley

Partner

+44 (0)1908 247015

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Catherine Ball - Partner

Catherine Ball

Partner

+44 (0)1604 463337

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Clare Colacicchi - Partner

Clare Colacicchi

Partner

+44 (0)1604 463317

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Daniel Curtis - Partner

Daniel Curtis

Partner

+44 (0)1223 461155

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Elizabeth Davies - Partner

Elizabeth Davies

Partner

+44 (0)1223 532715

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Bernadette O'Reilly - Partner

Bernadette O'Reilly

Partner

+44 (0)1223 532763

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Meet the team

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Mrs M

"Antonia Cooper was helpful in every way and on the ball"
Dr H

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My husband and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for the caring and professional way in which you dealt with this matter on our behalf. It is much appreciated."
Mr & Mrs B

"The service we received was personal, personalised and extremely (pleasantly) professional. All advice appeared relevant and was gratefully received"
Mr & Mrs G

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“Antonia Cooper was excellent in every aspect. Personable, friendly and very efficient, acting promptly and appropriately. Thank you Antonia and supporting staff, you made it easier for us at a difficult time”
Mr C as executor of Mrs C


“Just to say service was 1st Class. It was a pleasure to have had dealings with Antonia Cooper and the staff”
Mrs R

“I always have complete confidence when dealing with Hewitsons. Antonia Cooper is extremely helpful and professional as are her colleagues. I have little knowledge of legal fees but trust the fees are value for money"
Mrs A



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Mrs M

'Bernadette O'Reilly knows her subject and explains things so they are easy to understand.'
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"I have always felt that Carolyn Bagley has my best interests at heart and I thank her for that, also for her kind professionalism."
Mrs N


"Carolyn is now a trusted advisor who I recommend to family and friends."
Mr P


“All staff were very friendly and helpful. We are elderly private clients who were relaxed by a professional who understood out complex needs and wishes and produced excellent Wills in a manner which made the business almost a pleasure.”
Mr & Mrs C - Will

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"As a widow whose late husband dealt with all financial and legal matters. I have found the advice and continuing support of Hewitsons very reassuring."
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"Thank you for all your help on my and my family's affairs. I greatly appreciate the interest you take and the time and trouble you put into looking after us. This is invaluable."
Mrs L

"We were delighted to learn you had been inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame and send you our warmest congratulations on the recognition which you so well deserve."
Mr F

"It's clear when you deal with Clare that you're benefiting from a huge breadth and depth of experience. When you couple that with a pretty impressive eye for detail, it's very reassuring. She's very straightforward to work with, partly because she knows exactly what she's talking about, so one's not needing to examine what she's saying because one's confident that it's right."
Chambers & Partners 2018

 

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"He acts proactively and is very bright. When speed is of the essence, he gets to the nub of the matter and does his absolute best to resolve it very quickly".
Client testimonial as featured in Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2016

"Daniel Curtis is ‘extremely experienced and knowledgeable and is adept at asking pertinent questions, anticipating issues and suggesting solutions".
Legal 500 Legal Directory  2019

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"Excellent service throughout the whole process. Everything was done with compassion and efficiency during the difficult process of my Mothers Estate."
Exec of Mrs B

"I expected courtesy and efficiency, but I did appreciate the kindness and helpfulness"
Mr B

"My sister and I would like to thank both Hauke Harrack and Stephanie Dennis very much, for the help in dealing with our late mother's estate, with such consideration at a difficult and very sad time for us. Thank you to Hauke Harrack for the efficient and professional way in which he administered the estate. Everything was explained in meaningful terms and nothing too much trouble in keeping us constantly informed of any developments and progress .etc by text or email, and thanks to Stephanie Dennis who handled the land sale who was always helpful and patient with precise answers to any query presented."
Executors of Mrs R

"A big thank you to Mr Harrack for the friendly and professional way he has sorted out my problems"
Mr T

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"Courteous and efficient throughout. Clear explanation of legal requirements"
 
Mr C

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"Thank you for all your efforts over the last ten months. We’ve appreciated the fact that you’ve always kept us informed and the documentation has always been clear and concise"
Mr A & Mrs J

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"The service we received was excellent and everything was explained clearly"
Miss C

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"Just to say thank you for the way a delicate subject was dealt with in a very sensitive way by Kelly and other staff"
 Mrs R

"Thank you to all members of the staff who made you feel at ease and very courteous"
Mrs H

"We were very happy with the service Kelly provided us when sorting out our will - Friendly and Helpful"
Mr & Mrs W

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"Congratulations and thanks for a job done so well that no words can express our deep gratitude.
Right from the outset since our initial contact until the very end, we found you all to be the most professional, highly experienced and most co-operative team anyone can dream of. Hats off to you all."
Mr D

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"We have nothing but praise for the skill and care you have shown and the excellent advice you have given us."
Mrs A

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"We were very pleased with the level of knowledge and explanations given to us. The Staff were very friendly and commodating to our needs. Thank you!"
Mr & Mrs B

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"I would just like to thank you for your efficient, professional and personable management of the estate.
It has been a pleasure to have been working with you."

Administration of Estate
Mr & Mrs G

 

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"Very interesting and informative seminar. Excellent speakers."
Private Wealth Seminar - 2018

"Easy to understand format, well presented and informative"
Private Wealth Seminar - 2018

"A very helpful introduction to the problems of estate planning"
Private Wealth Seminar - 2018

"Very informative and useful. Put over and explained very well and clearly"
Private Wealth Seminar - 2018

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My enduring impression of Hewitsons is that it is a professional and client-dedicated organisation with a great deal of expertise. No stone was left unturned in pursuing my case. Soliciting legal advice has been a more complication and, at time, personally stressful process that I had initially expected. However, with the support of Tiffany Benson and her colleagues at Hewitsons I have felt supported all the way through this. thank you.

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