Corona Virus (COVID 19)
Although our office doors are locked we are still working in the virtual world. We are having to adapt some working methods. Please ring us for the latest situation but the information below should help.
This page will be updated as and when we can
A major overhaul of probate legislation is on the agenda, as the government urgently looks to change requirements around witnessing wills in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Law Society and the Ministry of Justice are discussing ways to deformalise the signing of wills and to make it quicker to register for lasting powers of attorney. Currently a will must be signed by the testator and two independent witnesses.
Among the options on the table are an Australian-style approach which would give judges more flexibility when deciding what constitutes a will; a European-style system where testators could write wills by hand without witnesses; and a process where wills could be witnessed electronically. Current laws around the signing of wills have been in place since 1837, and it is unclear whether new legislation would be revoked once the coronavirus crisis is over.
In the meantime, we at Nelson Myatt are taking instructions by phone conference and signing wills in the car park of the Conwy Business Centre keeping strict social distancing.
We have a legal obligation to check your ID when progressing most matters. Normally we would check two forms of photo ID but for now we will conduct a video call over Skype or Zoom meetings to verify your ID
The current position in Wales is that transactions can now complete however, there are still restrictions on viewing properties and moving into occupied homes. This guidance is rapidly changing and is different n England. Please phone us for the latest advice.
Before is a copy of our Covid 19 Risk Assessment