Making a will or lasting power of attorney in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Social distancing requirements imposed by the UK Government in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) have resulted in us making some important changes to the way in which we handle instructions from those wishing to put in place a new Will or Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).

However, we are still here to help you and ensure your wishes are implemented as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Many of us have turned our focus to personal affairs at this unprecedented time.

Furley Page is able to offer very flexible hours and means of communication to ensure your wishes are clearly understood and implemented. We are happy to agree phone calls and video-conferencing at a time convenient to you. We also have specialist advisers, trained to deal with elderly and vulnerable clients, to ensure their needs are met with sensitivity and compassion.

Social distancing rules mean face to face meetings are not possible for the time being, but we are currently making active use of video-conferencing, telephone calls, emails and letters. We shall discuss with you the best form of communication and ensure we work efficiently to ensure your wishes are met.

Dealing with the signature of documents at this time also requires careful planning and consideration. The Law Society and other professional bodies are in discussions with the government about how to deal with this issue and we are keeping fully up to date on all developments so that we can provide you with the appropriate advice. We strongly recommend professional input to ensure your documents are legally valid.

Strict signature formalities must be followed when a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney is signed and we have put in place clear and practical guidance to ensure documents can be signed whilst respecting the social distancing requirements.

We also offer to join signature meetings by video-conference or to make arrangements for a professional witnessing service to attend in person.

Once the current social distancing requirements are lifted we shall be very happy to meet with you, free of charge, at our offices to oversee the signature formalities again, in person, to give you peace of mind that your affairs are all in order.

We strongly recommend that you do not delay but contact us to discuss the options open to you.

How to contact us

Furley Page legal teams are working remotely. You may contact us either through our website enquiry form, emailing a member of the team, or by telephoning our offices.

Our switchboard is manned and calls are being redirected to our lawyers, telephone 01227 763939.