Law firms in the UK have reported surges in interest from those who want to make, or update, their wills. Slater and Gordon has witnessed a “significant spike in enquiries” and more than double the usual number of calls.
However, the lockdown and strict social distancing measures in place in the UK have created issues. The law states that documents must be signed by two people who are neither relatives nor beneficiaries of the will – so it’s highly likely they won’t be part of the household. The witnessing of such documents must also be done in person.
"For many, it will not be possible under the present rules to sign their wills in a safe environment," said Russell-Cooke private client partner Kieran Bowe.
'Significant Spike' For Wills Amid Coronavirus - But How Do You Get Them Signed? is available to read on the Huffpost website.
Kieran is a partner in the private client group and since qualification he has specialised in private client law, advising families and individuals on matters including estate planning, administration of high-value estates, trust administration and Court of Protection work.