Many people have been asking how they can arrange making a Will, or setting up Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) during lock-down.
It’s true that, like many other businesses, there are additional difficulties in routine activities. Nevertheless it’s quite possible for you to give me instructions pretty well as effectively as if I am in your sitting room.
It seems that everyone is now Zooming around, or Whatsapping each other and it’s no wonder when you look at the overall quality of the service. I’ve found that, whilst you are in the comfort of your own home, the interview is as effective as if I were actually there. Perhaps the limiting factor is how comfortable you are with using the technology, but much of it is very simple once it is up and running and it allows a proper face to face interaction.
In order to help you it pays for me to send ‘pointers’ in advance so that you have already had a chance to think about the big questions I’ll be asking; but that is true of proper face to face appointments too. Another ‘plus’ is that I can record appointments so that, should I have any queries about what was said, I can go back and revisit the conversation. The advantage for you is that you will get a record of the appointment so that you know what instructions were given; very useful in case of any doubt in the future. Protection and reassurance all round.
Needless to say there are some other issues to be considered in these times of social distancing (nothing is ever straight-forward), which will be the subject of my next post.