Legal update for Wills/Powers of Attorney during Covid-19 period

26th Mar 2020

In this current period of uncertainty with the lockdown of people inside their house for a period of time and with vulnerable people being told to stay in their properties for 12 weeks we understand that this is an unsettling time. Here at Rogers & Norton we are able to continue to support you with your legal affairs in particular the making of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and any queries regarding a loved one’s death.

Deputyship

Solicitors dealing with the execution of Wills are considered key-workers by the government, this means we can continue to carry out our services throughout this period of time. We are contactable on our normal telephone numbers and email addresses and will be pleased to assist you.

Whether you are in the process of making a Will or are considering making a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney please do get in touch as we can help.

We want to let you know that our team are able to assist you in the below ways:

  • Telephone appointments
  • Video conferencing
  • Emailing
  • Letters

Usually the signing of a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney requires a face to face meeting, however we understand that our clients will not simply wish to wait for our offices to re-open, although of course we will be pleased to assist you at that stage if you prefer.

In the meantime and in other urgent situations we are happy to send your legal documents out to you so that you can arrange for these to be signed using independent witnesses – we will be happy to talk you through how you can legitimately do this during this period. Alternatively, we understand that it might not be possible to find independent witnesses at this time and are therefore happy to attend you at your property and without coming into your property and whilst staying a safe distance will allow you to stay in your property at your front door and execute your Wills or Lasting Powers of Attorney.

There may be some circumstances in which we are not able to assist but we will of course advise you of these situations on the telephone and this is likely to be where you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or are in a hospital or care home where visitors are not allowed to visit.

Please call us on 01603 675645 to discuss how our Norwich office can assist or 01953 458162 where we can talk through your requirements and the way we can proceed with your instructions.

During this uncertain time the most important thing is to work together and we thank you for all your support and understanding.