The coronavirus pandemic has thrown up a number of uncertainties for us all. No matter whether we are playing an active part in the national effort to combat it, or simply staying at home to ‘do our bit’, we’re all anxious about what the future holds for ourselves and our loved ones. While no one wants to be reminded of their mortality the current situation is having that effect for many of us.
In normal circumstances we would love to meet up with you in our office or at your home to have a chat about your needs. The Covid-19 social distancing rules mean that we can’t do that, but there are other ways that we can take your instructions. This can be done by telephone or by video conferencing eg Face Time or Skype. For a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney to be valid you must have capacity to give instructions and you must not be acting under the undue influence of anyone else. Usually when we see you face-to-face we make sure that no-one else is present to try to avoid undue influence and we assess your capacity. It’s more difficult for us to do this when we don’t see you face-to-face, but we will still do what we can in this respect.
Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney have to be signed in the presence of witnesses and there are legal requirements about the number of witnesses, who can be witnesses and the procedure for the signing and witnessing process. This has also been made more difficult by the Covid-19 social distancing rules. If you are isolating or social distancing it is difficult to be together with independent witnesses to have legal documents signed and witnessed. However, although this is more difficult, we do have arrangements in place to make sure signing and witnessing of documents can still happen at our office, while complying with the Covid-19 social distancing rules. In certain circumstances we can arrange for this to happen at your home with us witnessing you sign through a window.
So, at this difficult time Alexander Grace Law can help get your affairs in order. Please take a look at the Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney pages on our website and download our advice brochures or contact Kate Kendall on 01282 930403 or at email@example.com