Reading through recent media articles from the Daily Mail to the New York Times, the Money Observer to the Sunday Express, it seems we Brits have got the bug now that the bug has got to us.

Enquiries have hugely increased in making wills and lasting powers of attorney so as to make provision for our loved ones and ensure that, whilst we may not be able to get out and about to conduct our lives as normal, there are others who can act on our behalf who may not be in isolation or at such a great a risk of succumbing to Covid-19.

We lawyers working in the arena of wills and lasting powers of attorney have received an upsurge in people making such legal documents and are in turn showing ourselves to be resourceful and enterprising in discovering new ways of signing and witnessing documents whilst still complying with all legal requirements to make sure they are valid: we have taken instructions over video conferencing facilities and discovered different apps and programmes that are available to help us to continue working during these times of self-isolation and lockdown.

Our priority is to make sure that our clients continue to be served properly and their anxieties about providing for their loved ones and making sure their best interests can continue to be served even if they themselves are incapacitated.

This has included new ways of completing legal paperwork: from witnessing documents at picnic tables the garden of a client to executing documents through a ground floor window whilst watching from the driveway; from placing documents to be signed across a ping-pong table in a private garden to talking through open passenger car widows outside the office. We are trying our best to make sure that no client is penalised unnecessarily by this crisis and that these vital documents can still be prepared and completed on their behalf.

My daughter has said it all sounded somewhat dystopian and she is right, but we are nothing if not resourceful in ensuring that our clients’ interests are served, whilst observing all the government guidelines in protecting both our clients and our staff.

If you are concerned to make sure you have a valid and appropriate will in place, and possibly want to think about making sure your wishes can be honoured during your lifetime, even if you are physically and/or mentally incapacitated, do get in touch and speak with our Private Client team.

Don’t delay call Silks today on 0121 511 2233

Interesting article links:

New York Times article

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/pensions/article-8241449/How-set-power-attorney-coronavirus-lockdown.html

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/sunday-express-1070/20200412/282398401539774

https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=b3fad5e7-36e8-4ddc-ac70-2b95e710c171

https://www.moneyobserver.com/coronavirus-lockdown-how-to-make-or-amend-will