Failing to update your will could mean that there are unintended beneficiaries of your estate. In the absence of a will, your estate will be distributed in accordance with the rules of intestacy. Again, this could lead to unintended consequences and family members could miss out on their inheritance.
Due to the Government restrictions following the Covid-19 outbreak, the standard practice of face-to-face client meetings has changed to protect our clients and staff. Lupton Fawcett have adapted to these restrictions to ensure that they are not a barrier for clients updating their current will or obtaining advice on making a new will.
New will instructions can be taken either over the telephone or by email. Letters and draft copies of wills can be sent via email or if necessary, by post.
Private Client Solicitors acting in connection with the execution of wills have been classed as ‘Key Workers’. We have therefore adapted our usual practice in line with the Government guidance in order to protect the health of our clients whilst ensuring that it is, as far as possible, ‘business as usual’.
One of the main issues facing Private Client Solicitors during the Covid-19 outbreak are will signings. In order to be valid, the will must be executed correctly by having been signed by the testator and witnessed by two independent individuals. Given the restrictions of social distancing, we have adapted our standard method of will signings to protect the safety of our clients and staff members.
Our solicitors can visit clients at home to sign their wills. Precautionary measures will be taken such as wearing protective gloves and using one pen per person. Wills can be signed outdoors or even witnessed through a window for particularly vulnerable individuals. We will ensure that the social distancing restrictions are not an obstacle for our clients.
During these uncertain times the protection of health is paramount however, we aim to reassure our clients that our usual standard of service will be provided to ensure that their wills and affairs are in order.
For advice relating to your Wills, contact our Private Client team.
Please note this information is provided by way of example and may not be complete and is certainly not intended to constitute legal advice. You should take bespoke advice for your circumstances.