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Making a Will or Power of Attorney during Lockdown, business as usual at Alsters Kelley Solicitors

Making a Will or Power of Attorney during Lockdown, business as usual at Alsters Kelley Solicitors

The restrictions imposed by the Government resulting in the unprecedented lockdown has seriously affected the provision of legal services.  The Private Client team at Alsters Kelley Solicitors specialises in helping clients put in place Wills and Powers of Attorney.  The majority of the team are working remotely from home with full access to the firm’s computer systems, files and telephone systems.  The team has adapted superbly to the change in working conditions. 

The team plays an important role both for the firm and socially as Solicitors assisting with the execution of Wills were designated as key workers by the Government at the very outset of the lockdown.  We needed to assess very quickly how to continue to assist existing clients wanting to finalise their Wills or Powers of Attorney, and also to assist new clients anxious to get something put in place.   Not only have we been applying old Laws to make sure that all the legalities are conformed with, we have also been following the strict guidelines outlined by the Government in respect of social distancing and good hygiene practice.  

There has been significant lobbying of the Government to ease the legal formalities of executing a Will but there has been significant opposition, as the formalities are very important to ensure that issues in respect of capacity and undue influence do not impact the validity of any executed Will.

Although there has been much uncertainty, the Private Client team at Alsters Kelley Solicitors has acted swiftly to continue to help clients since the beginning of the lockdown.  During this period up to the end of April we have assisted with the execution of 78 Wills or Powers of Attorney by attending upon clients usually at their home and sent out another 53 Wills or Powers of Attorney to clients who were happy to arrange for neighbours to assist with the execution of their Wills. For clients we have seen we have complied with the Government’s social distancing and good hygiene guidelines and for clients we have sent documents to we have given them clear instructions on how to execute the Wills correctly, but also to follow the Governments Guidelines.

Wills have been executed through windows, over fences, through a porch, at a back door in and over a wheelie bin! It has very much been business as usual albeit under such unusual circumstances.  

If you require any help or assistance in respect of Wills or Powers of Attorney or to deal with the administration of the estate of a loved one, then please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can see how we can help.

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With effect from Monday 8th March 2021

The Government’s roadmap to lift lockdown restrictions has now started. Although our office doors remain closed, please be assured that all of our offices remain open for business and staff will be available to assist from 9.00am – 5.30pm.

All existing clients can get in touch with the member of staff assisting them directly via phone or email and any new clients can get in touch via email or telephone any one of our offices: Leamington Spa 01926 356000, Coventry 02477 710200, Nuneaton 02477 710000, Southam 01926 359355 or Stratford-upon-Avon 01789 299115.

If it is essential for you to visit one of our offices this must be by prior appointment only, in order to safeguard everyone.

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