How To Set Your Affairs In Order Legally And Efficiently During Covid-19

No one likes to dwell too much on their own death or that of their loved ones. However, thanks to the coronavirus crisis, more people than ever are recognising the importance of making a Will, and this is by no means a bad thing. People making a Will this year, however, especially if they are shielding or self-isolating, may face additional challenges to constituting their Will legally and efficiently, due to the restrictions in place on face-to-face contact. Fortunately, there are ways to get your affairs in order without taking the risk of leaving home.

Don’t Try DIY

Movies and TV shows often misrepresent the process of making a Will. It’s easy to get the wrong idea about it. That’s why it’s essential to realise that a homemade Will is never the right solution, no matter how many pop-up websites and cheap template providers might tell you otherwise.

A Will is a legal document, and there are certain requirements that must be met. While the idea of a homemade Will might hold a certain romantic appeal – or practical appeal during quarantine – in reality it will just lead to headaches and potentially lengthy legal battles for your family.

Contact The Experts

A DIY Will can lead to disaster. Similarly, contacting your local solicitor may not be the best solution, especially as many solicitors were closed during the depths of lockdown and are now overwhelmed with a backlog of work. Solicitors can help you with a legal Will, if you’re lucky enough to get an appointment, but they are not normally specialist Will-writers. Their training gives the average solicitor a general experience of the law but not of estate planning in particular, meaning they might not help you find the best way of protecting your assets after your death.

At Cornerstone Wills, we have years of expertise in the Will-writing field. By getting in touch with a professional Will-writing service, you can ensure that your Will is legal, correct, and above board. What’s more, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from working with an experienced team who know the process inside out.

Fortunately, the Will-writing field has adapted to the current crisis. In the past, the team from Cornerstone Wills would come to your house directly to work through the process with you. Now, we’re organising safe, distanced consultations through Zoom or Skype.

After your consultation, Cornerstone will work to get your Will established exactly as you wish it to be. Communications through email or phone will ensure that you’re kept in the loop throughout this important process.

Execute Your Will Safely

Legally, a Will must be signed in the presence of two witnesses. These cannot be ‘interested parties’; i.e.  you can’t ask your spouse or a family member, or anyone who may be named in the Will.

If you’re shielding during Coronavirus, this may seem like an impossible challenge. Luckily, there is a way around this.

Your witnesses don’t need to physically be in the same room as you. Legally, they can witness the signing of the Will while outside, watching you through a window. You can then pass them the document, allowing them to complete their part, without any physical contact and while maintaining social distancing.

Check That Your Will Is Correct

Once your Will has been signed, our team will check it to ensure that it is correct. The Will must then be safely stored for future use. It must be stored correctly: staples or paperclips can cause problems, and even invalidate the document.

There are many particular details in the Will-writing process. That’s why it’s always best to speak with a specialist. Contact our estate planning specialists to discuss your needs today.

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