Neil Raiseborough, Director and Head of Private Client at Alsters Kelley Solicitors has been briefing the Private Client team about problems and challenges our vulnerable clients wanting to execute their Wills or Powers of Attorney may be facing, particularly now that all our offices are closed, people are staying at home or self-isolating as the Government has instructed.

For a Will to be executed properly it needs to be executed in the presence of two independent witnesses. For a Power of Attorney just one witness is needed but there are strict orders for parties to execute the document.

Execution formalities are normally in the comfort of our clients’ own home or our office.

However, we have already had a number of clients contacting us urgently wanting to finalise and execute their Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. One particular couple both in their 90’s and self-isolating wanted to have their Wills executed properly and legally.

We could not let them postpone finalising their Wills, so to assist with their instructions one of our solicitors and a secretary visited them at home where we managed to get their Wills executed through their kitchen window. We have visited over a dozen clients so far and are following all the Government guidelines in relation social distancing when undertaking such visits.

It goes without saying that our thoughts are with everyone affected by the global outbreak of COVID-19. We want to emphasize the importance of the global issue, but also offer a sense of unwavering optimism for the future. At Alsters Kelley we will continue to put our clients first.

For any information or help about making and executing your Wills or Lasting Powers of Attorney please email any of the following members of staff:

Leamington Spa & Southam – corrine.seabourne@alsterskelley.com

Nuneaton – sarah.darby@alsterskelley.com

Coventry – jyoti.jagatia@alsterskelley.com