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Ensuring that your affairs are in order during the Coronavirus pandemic – Wills and Powers of Attorney

A recent BBC News article has reported that solicitors in the UK have seen a spike in the number of enquiries relating to updating or making a Will. This would seem inevitable given the Coronavirus pandemic.

The lockdown restrictions imposed by the UK Government curtailed the ability of us all to work and socialise and many people are making the best of the situation; using the required home time as an opportunity to spring clean or finish those DIY jobs that have been on the "to list" for a while. The harsh reality of the pandemic has, however, forced others to consider their own mortality and, as part of this, to review their personal affairs.

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We have noticed a similar trend with many existing and new clients getting in touch to update their Will arrangements, or to put Wills in place for the first time, deciding that this is not something that they want to postpone any longer.

Similarly, more and more people are looking to put Powers of Attorney in place, particularly elderly clients as the lockdown restrictions have highlighted the need for appropriate safeguards in relation to both financial and welfare matters, to allow trusted family member or friends to act on their behalf should this become necessary.

With this rise in interest, our traditional means of taking Will and Power of Attorney instructions have had to change and the Law Society of Scotland has sanctioned the use of video conferencing through means such as Zoom, FaceTime or Skype, not only to allow solicitors to take instructions and satisfy client identification requirements, but also to have the Deeds finalised and signed.

If you are considering updating your affairs at this time, the process does not need to be complicated and we would urge you to seek professional advice, as DIY or homemade Wills are often far from satisfactory from a legal standpoint.

Even for those who do not have access to video conferencing technology, we will be able to work with you to ensure you can update your affairs.

Get in touch

Should you wish to discuss the issues raised above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Harper Macleod:

Edinburgh: 0131 247 2500                          Inverness & Highlands: 01463 795 035

Glasgow: 0141 227 9344                            Shetland01595 695 583 

Elgin: 01343 542623

We have solicitors and offices across the country and are ready to help. 

We can provide the assistance you need to protect your assets and your loved ones. This will allow you to put your mind at ease, knowing everything is in hand.

Useful Links

MAKING A WILL IN SCOTLAND

POWER OF ATTORNEY IN SCOTLAND

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE