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These truly are unprecedented times and, amid self-isolation and social distancing restrictions, COVID-19 has undoubtedly had a significant impact on the making and execution of a Will. With a wave of uncertainty currently sweeping the nation, there has been a huge influx of people seeking to make or update their Will to ensure that their affairs are in order for the future.
Although COVID-19 presents us with difficulties, it is essential that a Will is prepared and executed in a way that makes it legally valid. If not, your money, property and possessions may not be distributed in the way that you had hoped. For a Will to be valid, it must:
1. Be in writing.
2. Be signed by the person making the Will in the presence of two independent witnesses (a person who is not benefitting or married to someone that is benefitting under the Will).
3. Be signed by the independent witnesses in the presence of the person making the Will.
Given the current situation, there have been calls for these rules to be relaxed, however the government have confirmed that there are no plans to change these at present. It is therefore strongly recommended that people seek professional advice.
At Wright Solicitors we have had to adapt our approach in line with social distancing measures, substituting our usual face-to-face meetings for telephone and video call appointments instead. We can prepare your Will to ensure that it represents your wishes and then send it to you, together with instructions on how to ensure it is executed correctly whilst still observing the social distancing regulations. Despite these tough and testing times, we are confident that we can continue to provide you with the same high level of advice and assistance in helping you arrange for the future.
Wright Solicitors remain open for business apart from client attendance at our office and can be contacted by telephone on 01384 255344 or 01299 402741 or by email at email@example.com.