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Legal News | 28.05.20

Private Client Update

Business as usual

While this period of lockdown is proving an ideal time to turn our attention to many chores, some tasks still remain less appealing. Sadly, Covid-19 is an unwelcome reminder of our mortality and precisely the reason why it is sensible to be prepared for the worst. Now is an ideal time to turn your attention to your Will, Lasting Powers of Attorney and estate planning.

Although social distancing measures have forced many businesses to temporarily close, it has been and continues to be business as usual for the Private Client team at Wansbroughs. Like many people in the country, we are working from home and adapting our procedures to fit what has become the new normal.

While the lockdown has presented challenges, it has also brought with it a surge in instructions from new and existing clients. Previously face to face meetings now take place over the telephone or via video call and, depending on the client’s preference, draft documents can then be sent by email or post. The lockdown has however made the Will signing process particularly tricky. The law states that a Will must be:

  • signed by the person making the Will (or another person in the presence of the testator and at the direction of the testator);
  • in the presence of two independent witnesses who are present at the same time and who each sign the Will in the presence of the testator.

The continued easing of social distancing measures will begin to make the requirement to have two independent witnesses present when a Will is signed less of an obstacle. However, for many, particularly those who are self-isolating, validly executing a Will remains an issue. There are however options available to ensure you can at least get something in place. At Wansbroughs, we can discuss your concerns and help find a solution that works for you.

To find out more, please get in touch with your usual Wansbroughs contact or email the Private Client team at wealth@wansbroughs


Posted By Our Wills, Tax, Trusts & Probate Team