Wills and Powers of Attorney – ordering your affairs during the coronavirus pandemic

26 Mar 2020

In just a few weeks we have moved to a society where self isolation and social distancing are the norm.  This can cause stress and anxiety for those who have not yet put their affairs in order. Social isolation and the current pandemic is increasing the worry about updating or making a will and ensuring that you have a power of attorney in place so that decision making rests with those you trust, if you are no longer able to make important decisions yourself.

We wanted to reassure you that we are still able to help. Our expert Private Client team know that sorting out life’s administration tasks can sometimes fall to the bottom of the list, pushed down by other distractions and priorities, but events like those we are seeing at the moment inevitably bring this type of previously deferred ‘life admin task’ to the top of our priority list. And rightly so. We have always aimed  to make it as easy as possible for clients to put in place their wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney, and to  consider other estate and tax planning options. That remains our aim.

Our teams are working remotely, holding meetings with clients by phone or video call. We can still prepare and send out documents for signature or, perhaps where you have printing capability at home, documents can be emailed to you for immediate print and signature.  The current situation has made us think outside of the box for some of our more tricky documents which require the signature of several different people, but rest assured it is all possible and still safe for those clients who are particularly vulnerable at the moment.

If you are at all concerned about the terms of your current will or the fact that you do not have a will or Lasting Power of Attorney in place, please get in touch immediately and we can talk you through the next steps.

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