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Preparing Your Will During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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The entire world is currently facing a period of uncertainty due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For many, managing this feeling of uncertainty will bring into sharp focus the importance of having a valid and up-to-date Will.

With the UK Government recently classifying those involved in the execution of Wills as ‘Key Workers’, Loosemores Solicitors continue to be available to discuss making or updating your Wills whether it be by telephone, video call or email.

We are monitoring information about coronavirus from the relevant authorities, and acting and planning appropriately. Our priority is the health and safety of our colleagues, clients and the communities we serve.

With widespread social distancing practices taking effect, we have had to adapt our working methods, while making sure we still comply with the strict witnessing requirements, defined by the Wills Act 1837. Our Wills and Probate specialist lawyers will continue to take precautions to safeguard vulnerable clients, approaching each matter with compassion, understanding and complete transparency.

At this anxious time, it is natural to want to sort your affairs quickly. However, a badly drafted Will can have unintended consequences that may lead to difficulties for your loved ones after you pass away, it is important that you use a reputable and qualified Loosemores practitioner to prepare a Will that meets your exact needs.

Maria Cosslett, Head of our Wills and Probate Department confirms that Practitioners are in a difficult position, having to follow social distancing measures whilst arranging for Wills to be validated and signed. We are having to make decisions on the merits of each particular case whilst weighing up the risks to both the clients and the practitioner. Difficulties also arise when making Lasting Powers of Attorney as signatures also need witnessing.

If you need expert legal advice or have any questions please contact Maria Cosslett via CosslettME@Loosemores.co.uk. Maria is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a Member of the Society of Estate and Trusts Practitioners (STEP) and of the Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and a Dementia Friend.

For more information about the coronavirus visit Public Health Wales.

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