It is no doubt that the pandemic has made more Brits think about making or updating their Will.
Covid-19 has completely overturned the way we live our lives.
Our solicitors’ firm is still running a virtual office and our staff are currently working from home. If you need to make or update a Will we are able to take instructions from clients via telephone, Facetime and Zoom instead of face to face meetings.
Making a Will or updating one is on the rise amid the coronavirus pandemic
According to The Law Society, the number of Britons seeking to write new Wills has risen by at least 30% in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus.
Making or updating a Will when you’re in lockdown
Instructions can regularly be taken over the phone and the drafted Will can be mailed to the client by email or post for consent and revision.
JMR Solicitors are able to work from home and have all the essential technology neces
Having a Will witnessed when you’re in lockdown or self-isolating
We think that the need for witnesses in their physical presence should be revised during these times, but JMR solicitors have thought of ways to overcome the current challenge for those who are self-isolating or in lockdown.
The legislation states Wills must be signed by the Will-maker in the presence of two witnesses, who must also sign the document in person. The two witnesses cannot be beneficiaries, family members or be married to anyone named on the Will.
Here is our solution during the pandemic:
Can I and my chosen witnesses electronically sign a Will?
It is not possible to electronically sign a will. There is a long-holding concern that e-signatures increase the scope for fraud, whereas a physical signature evidently identifies an individual, with witnesses endorsing this. It’s crucial that wills abide by the legal requirements to guarantee they are valid.
Has the need for witnesses for Wills been revised temporarily considering the coronavirus pandemic?
The Law Society and The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) are lobbying the government to loosen the witnessing conditions. Nev
Soldiers on active service have been able to make a Will without witnesses and the law may be changed to offer this privilege to all during this time. We will have to continue to see the progress and updates made by the government and legislation.
Struggling to find witnesses as everyone is in lockdown?
After the initiation of stricter regulations to help stop the spread of coronavirus, some people may be reluctant to come out of their home to become a witness of your Will. However, if all social distancing measures are abided by, you are still able to witness a Will without coming into close contact with anyone else.
Furthermore, the government has said that those who are leaving their homes to help a vulnerable person can do so.
If you need to make or amend a Will during the coronavirus lockdown contact JMR Solicitors
For new Wills or to amend existing ones, you can contact our Wills and Probate Solicitors in our Manchester department who are fully aware of the measures needed for taking instructions during covid-19. Our staff are currently working from home and have the technology needed to meet your requirements.
Contact JMR Solicitors on 0161 491 3933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your Will today.