Covid-19 Q&A

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20 Warners Road,

Newton Longville, Buckinghamshire, MK17 0BL

Telephone

01908 985046


COVID-19 - Q&A


Can I still prepare a Will?


Yes you can.


Milsom Consulting would typically take instructions from clients in a face to face meeting, but as this is not currently possible, we are now taking instructions by via video call, using software such as Skype, Zoom or Facebook Messenger.


How will I receive the draft documents?


A draft Will can be e-mailed or posted to you for approval, whichever you would prefer. Alternatively, if the Will is straightforward then we can sometimes post the final document straight out to you for signing.


I am self-isolating, how can I sign my Will?


The Wills Act 1837 provides that for a Will to be valid, it needs to be signed by the testator (the person making the Will) in the presence of two witnesses.


We will send you your Will and also instructions for signing. You will also receive a Declaration of Due Execution which you and the two witnesses will be asked to sign to confirm that the requirements have been complied with.
This can be challenging during the COVID-19 lockdown, but it is important when signing your Will to ensure that you comply with the Government’s social distancing measures.


You may wish to consider:


• Whether you can sign your Will on the driveway standing a safe distance (2m) from your witnesses
• Whether you can sign your Will through a window (provided there is a clear and direct line of sight)
• Using your own pens


What if communication by phone, video or email is an issue for me?


To avoid any later suggestion that influence or pressure was exerted on you to make a Will, we would prefer to speak to you alone and to take instructions directly from you.


However, if this is not possible then we may still be able to help if we consider that it is in your best interests to do so. This is of course is at our discretion as we would need to assess the risk.

Can we do Lasting Powers of Attorney?


If you would like to prepare your Lasting Powers of Attorney, we can again offer you a telephone or video appointment to take your instructions. The documents will then be posted to you for signing (with instructions) at home.


You will need to sign the Lasting Power of Attorney in the presence of an independent witness and identify someone to act as your Certificate Provider. We can give you information as to how this can be done in the current circumstances, and who these people can be.


Is there anything else that I need to know?


Once we have taken instructions from you, we use Docusign to simply get e-signatures from you for our compliance paperwork to enable us to proceed with the drafting of the documents. We will also request sight of your identification.


If you have any questions of queries, please feel free to contact us on 01908 985046 or info@milsomconsulting.co.uk.


Please note, all guidance is subject to change in line with the latest Government advice.


7th April 2020