Sanjay Dhillon details solutions to legal challenges created by self-isolation.
As we are all aware, in the continued fight against COVID-19, the government has implemented stricter instructions in relation to our basic freedoms such as leaving the house. Nobody may go out except where it is essential.
With the law on witnessing documents not permitting a video link to be a valid form, this creates a predicament when we need to sign documents.
Although, under the current legislation, probate solicitors are exempted as “essential workers”, many of them are working from home and are, therefore, unable to witness important documents such as wills.
As the risk of COVID-19 continues to grow, interest in arranging affairs grows symbiotically. So, how can we meet this challenge?
What you can do
1. Two neighbours witnessing through windows
1.2 Essential workers – such as in pharmacies and supermarkets – witnessing
2. The usual standard witnessing requirements and advice would still apply. For example, in relation to a witness to a deed
3. It is not intended that this post should be taken as comprehensive legal advice and any individual should liaise with the lawyer dealing with their case for specific witnessing advice case – for example, in relation to wills or LPAs, or where remote witnessing is possible over video conferencing etc.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further queries. Axiom Stone Solicitors have a robust business continuity plan in place that is designed to minimise the impact on our service to our clients. We continue to offer our signature flexible and friendly approach to meet your needs in these unprecedented circumstances.