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Arranging a will during the Coronavirus outbreak


The formation and signing of a Will is an area of law which often relies on face-to-face meetings between legal advisors and their clients, such as in needing the physical presence of the Will-maker and two witnesses to put the document in place at the end of the process. The government has put planes in place to change this where necessary, but the safest option is still to have your Will witnessed in person. As you can imagine, the current climate has seen a sharp increase in those wanting to ensure that their affairs are in order, but many of you requesting our help are elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating.


How can I put a Will in place but ensure that I’m not at risk in doing so?

At Tozers, are committed to doing whatever we can to help you in this tricky time and to give you peace of mind. Our solution to this dilemma has been to take instructions from you over the ‘phone or by Skype if you would prefer not to meet in person and, then, to act as your witnesses…. through the window.

Our colleagues have already taken to this new method with enthusiasm and have been visiting Will-makers up and down Devon to help get their Wills validly in place. We have hovered in gardens, stood in hedges and skirted flowerbeds to see you signing your Wills through the window and are happy to keep helping you in this way for as long as this crisis needs.

Alternatively, once lockdown ends, if you are happy to meet in person at a pre-booked appointment at certain of our offices, please be assured that we have arrangements in place to minimise the risk to all parties. Before attending any appointment, our colleagues will send you a leaflet on the procedure for to follow to make sure that we all stay safe.


How can Tozers help?

If you are concerned about your affairs in order in a Will but are unable or worried about leaving your home, please contact our dedicated Probate and Wills Team, or visit their hub page for further support.

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Last updated on 03/11/2020