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The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic is affecting people and business all over the world. There are numerous problems and challenges being created, and the impact is significant.  

View our most frequently asked questions regarding wills and probate.

Wills & Probate FAQs

It is estimated that around 300,000 people die intestate (without a Will) every year. This means that the assets owned by you at your date of death will pass under the intestacy rules and not necessarily in accordance with your wishes.

The coronavirus pandemic has increased the level of demand for people wanting to write or update their wills. Due to the legal formalities of requiring a valid will to have two witnesses, with social distancing and a UK government lockdown, the coronavirus has also created a number of practical problems in terms of how a valid will can be made.

In order for a Will to be valid it must be dated and signed by the testator (person making the Will) in the presence of two independent witnesses who must also sign the Will in the testators presence.

The witnesses must be at least 18 years old, must not benefit in any way from your Will and generally should not be a member of your family.

There is no formality for the witnesses to be acting in a professional capacity so you do not have to come into the office.

We are currently offering our clients video conferencing and / or telephone meetings to go through this where required.

Read our blog on signing you will during COVID-19 here.

If you have concerns about signing your Will, contact our Private Client Team.

In order for someone to witness your signature on a Will you and the witnesses must be in the same place and the same time, you cannot sign / witness a Will over Skype or other video calling methods.

There has been varying advice from companies in trying to deal with this issue, but provided that you and the witnesses can see each others signatures whilst signing it should still be possible to stand two meters apart keeping inline with government guidance.

The majority of clients have been able to contact their neighbour to ask if they can be witness to their Will and either deal with the signing outside their houses or even on opposite sides of a window.

Obviously you should make sure that you and the witnesses wash your hands thoroughly before and after signing.

If you have concerns about signing your Will, contact our Private Client Team.

Please note: The above links are shared as helpful guidance; however Curwens is not responsible for their content.

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