Lancaster law firm reports soaring demand for Wills and Lasting Power for Attorney

Lancaster law firm BSG Solicitors have reported a significant increase in the demand for Wills, inheritance tax planning and Lasting Powers of Attorney over the last three weeks.

By Michelle Blade
Monday, 6th April 2020, 3:56 pm
Updated Monday, 6th April 2020, 3:59 pm

Partner Rebecca Lauder said: "Only last month an online poll showed that the number one reason people did not have a Will was simply that they hadn’t got round to it.

"Concerns over the Coronavirus and an increased amount of time people have on their hands due to lockdown has resulted a large number of enquiries from new and existing clients."

There have been calls for the Government to make writing Wills easier during the Covid-19 crisis and the Ministry of Justice could temporarily relax rules on two witnesses being present.

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BSG Solicitors partner Rebecca Lauder.

Scottish Law has already been amended to allow video conference facilities to assist in witnessing a testator signing their Will.

Rebecca said: “There are challenges to ensure we remain compliant and all Wills are valid, whilst still following social distancing rules.

"We have done a number of ‘Window Wills’ where clients have been self-isolating and we have witnessed them signing through a window at their home.

"It is also possible for us to send the Wills out by post with detailed instructions for signing and witnessing.”

Whilst further clarification is expected from the Ministry of Justice, the Solicitors Regulation Authority released guidance on April 2 stating that video supervision of witnesses signing Wills should be possible, for example in the case of people in a care home.