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How are we helping clients to make Wills during the Coronavirus pandemic?

At Royds Withy King we are continuing to support clients at this difficult time, despite the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to address the challenges resulting from the government’s necessary lock down and social distancing measures, our team of will writing solicitors have come up with a variety of solutions to assist clients. There is a guide on writing a will during lockdown, but we have highlighted the points below for your ease:

No face to face meetings needed.  Instead of our usual face-to-face meetings at the office, we are offering initial interviews via Skype or Zoom, meaning clients can remain within the safety of their own home throughout the process.

We can make progress over the phone. We are also taking some Will instructions by telephone, however this is mainly for simple wills and is subject to ensuring we can address the necessary identification requirements.

Reducing the need for contact. We are providing clients with email questionnaires, so clients are able to start the process before the initial meeting and we can ensure we are fully prepared to address any complexities that may arise.

Digital or postal communication, whatever you prefer. Once drafted, the wills are sent via email or, if necessary, by post, for our clients to review.

Getting witnesses during social distancing. Two witnesses are required at the time the will is signed. This is seen as the most complicating factor in the process, given the need to maintain social distancing at this time. We can discuss with clients what options may be available for them. We have suggested solutions including the involvement of neighbours who would witness at a distance, either at the end of a path or through a window – which is possible provided there is a consistent line of sight during the process of each person signing.

Please note: If you have concerns for a family member with a serious illness at this time, please contact us to discuss what options may be available.


Our credentials

“What the team is known for: Bath-based team dealing with complex domestic and international matters. Handles offshore trust work, asset protection and estate administration. Also advises on Court of Protection proceedings and issues concerning vulnerable people. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) “Good, clear advice provided without delay.” Notable practitioners: James McNeile (Band 2) leads the group and advises domestic and international clients on estate and tax planning and trust management. Market commentators say he has “a fantastic reputation.”” Chambers 2017 South West

“What the team is known for: Advises clients from its Oxford and Swindon offices on trusts, tax and estate planning matters, wills and estate administration. Adept at handling contentious probate and trusts work. The firm has its own trust company, providing advice to trustees. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are strong in estate planning and trusts.” “They’ve been very good and very easy to deal with.” Notable practitioners: Tom Gilman’s (Band 2) practice focuses on inheritance tax issues, wills, trusts and estates planning and administration. He also has capability advising on Court of Protection matters and powers of attorney. A client notes: “He is thoughtful, careful and he has always given me excellent advice.”” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King’s Becky Ricards Small handles personal injury trusts, while department head James McNeile undertakes international work.” Legal 500 2017 South West

“Royds Withy King’s Tom Gilman has ‘a good knowledge of trusts and probate, and is well liked by clients’. Jan Tyley is also recommended.” Legal 500 2017 South East

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