You can still make a Will during Coronavirus Lockdown
Traditionally Wills are signed in a solicitor’s office in the presence of a lawyer but during the coronavirus lock down we are hearing of Wills being signed in all kinds of strange places.
During lockdown these witnessing rules are being tested to the limit. We’ve heard of cases of people witnessing signatures over garden fences, standing in driveways, even signing the documents on a car bonnet with the witnesses watching at a safe distance.
Those of you who already have a Will already know that two witnessing signatures are required. In this country we have a 200 year old ruling that requires two independent witnesses to be physically present at the time of signature and failure to comply with this this could render the Will invalid.
Nationally there has been reports of surges in demand for Will writing services. Many of us are living in fear as the pandemic increases, meaning more people are now focused on getting their affairs and paperwork in order.
Private Client Solicitor at Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers advises, “During these times we are having to adapt and work differently. We’re all working from home but offering different ways of keeping in touch with our clients. We don’t want people to think it’s impossible to have a meeting with a Solicitor and turn to DIY online Wills. We are connecting with people over the phone and using various video conferencing platforms so please don’t let the coronavirus lockdown put you off completing your Will. We are working and available to help so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”
As we progress further into lockdown no one can deny the hard work that the NHS staff are putting in at the moment. In deep gratitude to them we have introduced a discount service for Will writing and other services within our firm.Subscribe to our newsletter
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