Wills, Powers of Attorney and Covid-19 – Prepared by Wightons Lawyers
We remain open and continue to provide our clients with the necessary support and assistance with regard to Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and estate planning. These matters should be reviewed regularly.
In light of the current scenario, we are now offering appointments by telephone or Zoom (as well as in person) to discuss our client’s needs and wishes. Draft documents are then circulated for approval.
Our office remains open for the execution of documents. However, for those who are unwilling or unable to come into the office, we are able to provide the documents with detailed instructions on how to have the documents correctly signed and witnessed. Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney (but not appointments of medical treatment decision makers also known as medical powers of attorney) may be able to be remotely signed and witnessed.
Both Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney must be signed in the presence of two witnesses. For Powers of Attorney one of the witnesses must be qualified to take affidavits, which may prove difficult for those wishing to sign at home.
For those in isolation an interim informal Will is also offered. This is aimed to cover the period of isolation with the intention to sign a further formal Will upon the conclusion of the isolation.
Where clients do execute documents at home, we request they return the originals, or clear colour copies, to us so that we can ensure that the documents have been correctly signed.
Should you require any assistance with Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and estate planning please do not hesitate to contact us on 5221 8777 or at .