During these uncertain and unprecedented times our Private Client department are able to operate a limited service for clients. We are pleased to offer telephone appointments if you wish to make a Will. We can also assist you with preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney. If you have an immediate need to have a family member or friend assist you with financial matters please contact us to discuss a General Power of Attorney
All of our Will advisors are fully trained to ensure that all legalities and formalities are adhered to via telephone appointments.
In the case of a bereavement we are still on hand to provide full advice and assistance.
Telephone numbers for our offices:
Worcester 01905 721600 | Droitwich 01905 775533 | Evesham 01386 761176 | St Johns 01905 721600
How to sign a Will correctly and safely
Due to Coronavirus the formalities of signing a will have become slightly more complex. It can still be done and the following rules must still be observed for your new Will to be valid:
- Your Will must be signed by you or if you are physically unable then you may ask someone to sign for you in your presence
- Your Will must be witnessed by TWO witnesses both present when you sign the Will they should then sign the Will themselves
- Your Witnesses must be 18 or older and must not be named in your Will and must not be related to you or anyone who is to benefit from your will
With social distancing and now a lockdown, the signing of a Will in the presence of two others presents a challenge however it is still possible. Below are a few examples of how this may be achieved:
- Make use of the garden where you sign the Will with the Witnesses at a safe distance so that they can see you. Once you have signed each witness takes it in turns to sign
- Through a Window or Glass door, As long as the Witness can see you sign the Will they do not need to be in the same room as you. If you were to sign your Will with the Witnesses looking through the glass then once signed you can move to a safe distance in the room, they can enter and sign.
However you choose to accomplish signing your Will the key thing is that both witnesses see you sign the Will. Unfortunately this cannot be done via facetime or any other remote video chat service.
If you are uncertain please contact the Office and speak to the Wills Advisor dealing with your matter, they will be happy to provide you with any further guidance over the phone.
Most importantly please stay safe in these difficult times.