Covid-19

None of us could have predicted that 2020 was going to bring such unprecedented times

We have all been living in unprecedented times, which has meant many changes for us all; to our lifestyles, social and work-life balance.

At Boyletts Law we get asked many questions on whether or not it is safe to attend the office to come and see us and also on a number of issues which many of our clients have concerns about. Due to this we have created this guide which we hope you will find useful.

Is it safe to visit your office?

In line with Government guidance we are seeing clients at the office, with social distancing arrangements in place and by appointment only. If you do not feel comfortable attending the office in person, or if you are unable to attend the office, we are also able to carry out meetings by telephone, video call or Zoom.

When attending the office, visitors may be asked for their name and phone number and a record kept in accordance with Government guidelines for Track and Trace. This record will be for the purpose of NHS contact tracing and will not be used for any other purposes. 

Our COVID-19 policy is in place for the protection of both our clients and staff. Social distancing is adopted at our office and we have a frequent office and surface cleaning system for the protection of everyone. 

Making a Will

We have received a high number of enquiries from people concerned about making a Will during the coronavirus pandemic and with what we see on the news every day this is not a surprise. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused a lot of people to use online only services or create homemade Wills, without proper execution when signing and no legal advice. This may cause problems when the time comes for their Executors to administer their estates in the future. 

It is important to receive expert legal advice when seeking to create a Will to protect your beneficiaries and also to give you peace of mind. At Boyletts Law we offer a number of options to help you to create your Will in a safe way and still receive up to date legal advice from a specialist Lawyer, who will take your instructions and advise you in a way you are comfortable with. 

What about witnesses?

The Wills Act has a very strict set of rules which must be adhered to for your Will to be valid. This has been a most unusual time for Will signings and we have had to use our imaginations to carry this out in a safe way but also to ensure that we comply with the strict rules of signing. 

The Wills Act states that you must sign your Will in front of two adult witnesses, who must not be beneficiaries of your Will. Both witnesses must be present when you sign your Will and both of your witnesses must be in your presence when they sign and in the presence of each other. 

We have successfully completed Will signings through windows and over gardens fences and in the traditional way of at the office (at a safe social distance of course). 

You may have read in the press that video witnessing of Wills is going to be bought in. This is true however it is not expected to be law until sometime in September. This change in the law will only be a temporary provision and a last resort for when conventional signing is not possible. We are keeping a close eye on these changes and will update this page when the full guidance has been issued. 

We include the witnessing of your Will in our fixed fees for completing your Wills and a link to information about our Will writing service can be found at the bottom of this page. 

What about Lasting Powers of Attorney?

Everyone thinks about making a Will at some point during their lifetime and most of us understand why this is important. The same cannot be said for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). Quite often the benefits of an LPA can be overlooked but the importance of this document has really come to light during the lockdown and coronavirus pandemic. 

We have received many enquiries from people who have parents or an older or vulnerable relative who has been unable to leave the house and manage their day to day affairs,and as there is no lawful LPA in place their loved ones are unable to manage their affairs on their behalf.

There are two types of LPA: one for financial decisions and one for health and care decisions. LPAs allow you to choose people, called your attorneys, to make certain important decisions on your behalf in the event you lose capacity or when you require further assistance. By having an LPA, it’s possible to ensure that these decisions are taken by someone close to you and who you trust. 

Make an enquiry

If you would like to arrange an appointment please contact our friendly team today on 01279 295047

OR BY COMPLETING OUR ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM

Office hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm
Appointments outside of these hours are available on request.

Appointments

We have FREE onsite parking, disabled access and in addition to meetings at the office, we are able to arrange appointments by Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or telephone.
We also offer free home visits if required.