We find ourselves in unprecedented times, where we are having to adapt our daily lives and plans for the immediate future.
At Fosters Solicitors we remain committed to helping our clients, existing and new, with their legal queries - as well as navigating some of the additional complications that have arisen due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Sadly it is the case that many families are losing loved ones due to this illness and will have to go through the necessary painful tasks of registering their death, organising a funeral and making arrangements to deal with their Estate.
It has also been widely reported that during this pandemic there are increasing numbers of people taking the opportunity to review their personal circumstances and get their affairs in order, be that preparing or updating a Will or making Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Each of these situations can raise legal questions under normal conditions, without the added complications of government lockdown restrictions and social distancing guidelines.
The legal profession has had to adapt to overcome the recent practical hurdles and find new ways to support clients. Naturally instructions for many legal services have customarily been given during a face-to-face meeting. This is not only to reassure our clients of our integrity, but also reassure any concerns we might have about undue influence from third parties and/or the mental capacity of those clients who instruct us. However, due to the necessary restrictions placed on us because of COVID-19, new methods of digital communication are being employed to allow services to remain in place and ensure we are available to support those people when they need it most.
The Fosters' Wills, Trusts and Probate Team remain fully committed to helping you, and are offering appointments from the comfort of your home by telephone or video conferencing services.*
Our lawyers are friendly and approachable, highly qualified and very experienced - we appreciate that many of our clients need help to deal with complex legal issues, often at a difficult and emotional time.
Speaking about the changing circumstances, Fosters' Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate Team, Lisa Glynne, explains: "We've had to find ways of adapting how we offer our services, as many involve the requirement to see people in person, from the point of taking instructions and from a signatory point of view - but also to provide the reassurance and support from human contact at what can be a difficult time for some families.
"We therefore work with all our clients to find the best method of communication for them in their current circumstances. This can be online, or via the telephone and in some cases we have been able to visit those self-isolating at home, whilst upholding social distancing requirements. We therefore remain in a position to help support clients and continue to provide a full range of services during this time."
The Legal 500 has praised our "very knowledgeable and approachable manner" and our "great sensitivity and compassion". Our team includes members of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) a specialist organisation which promotes best practice and the highest standards of professional integrity. The department is also Law Society WIQS accredited - the quality mark for this complex and diverse area of work.
We are able to advise and assist you with a wide range of services including:
- Applying for Probate
- Administration of estates
- Wills and Codicils
- Inheritance Tax advice
- Transfer of equity advice
- Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney
- Court of Protection and Deputyships
- Setting up and running Trusts (including acting as trustees)
- Declarations of Trusts regarding joint ownership of property
To discuss further and to book an appointment please contact one of our friendly, experienced team today on 01603 723773.
*More information on our online services can be found here.
Further guidance on how to register a death and surrounding information can be found via the Government website.