Can I make a Will during the Coronavirus crisis?

The Coronavirus outbreak has resulted in significant changes to how we go about our daily lives. Here at Gordons Partnership we continue to follow government advice and have adjusted our practices to keep our staff and clients safe. Our dedicated staff continue to work hard to cater for our clients’ needs across all our departments.

If you are wondering whether you could instruct us to prepare your Will – the answer is yes! Although we have had to adapt the way we take your instructions, our Private Wealth Solicitors would like to reassure our existing and new clients that we continue to assist you in the preparation of Wills as well as Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection Deputyship applications. Preparation of your Wills includes advice on estate and Inheritance Tax planning. Our work in estate administration following a death also carries on.

For the foreseeable future, face to face meetings will not be feasible.  However, there are many other means of communication that we use effectively to provide our services to clients. These include:

  • Videoconferencing via apps such as Skype and FaceTime;
  • Conference and telephone calls;
  • Emails and letters.

The formal signing of your Wills could pose a few issues, particularly as a result of the national lockdown imposed by the government.  People may not be able to call on two independent witnesses, which is the requirement for the signing of a valid will.  Discussions are ongoing between the legal sector and the government over dealing with this issue and we will update our clients of any changes that are made to the requirements of a validly executed Will. In the meantime, while social distancing measures are in place, we will continue to assist our clients in making arrangements to sign your Wills, catered to your individual circumstances.

Although everyone is currently in a crisis, it is important that you do not let this hinder your making a Will. Please see our article on the reasons why making a Will are so important.     

Our Private Wealth Department will be readily available if you would like advice on preparing a Will.  We remain here to assist. To speak to our specialist Wills and Probate solicitors about drafting a Will call us on 01483 451 900, email us or make an online enquiry and we will call you.