At this time, people have understandably begun to think about making or updating their Will and putting a plan in place for their future, for example by making a Power of Attorney, taking out a Funeral Plan etc. However, with the guidelines about social-distancing and self-isolation, people are also concerned about how they can do this while also staying safe.
Before the Coranavirus outbreak, our small, friendly team at Leech & Co all worked from home so we are already set-up and ready to help our clients. We did not work in a crowded office and we did not use public transport to get to and from work. Since the outbreak, we have followed all Government guidelines to keep ourselves safe and well. Please see our article https://leechandco.co.uk/protecting-our-clients-against-coronavirus/ for the steps we have taken to keep our clients and our team safe.
Before the outbreak, we would visit all of our clients at their home at a time that was convenient for them so we could talk to you and get to know you, confirm your instructions and ensure all documents were correctly signed and witnessed. Since the outbreak, we have had to change the way we do things and make some adjustments, but it is business as usual for us.
Telephone or video appointments
We are holding appointments with our clients on the telephone or by video link wherever possible. This is working well, but if this isn’t possible we are thinking creatively – we can take instructions, sign and witness Wills and Powers of Attorney through a client’s ground floor window or outside at a safe distance or even through a car window. We are all having to adapt to this new situation and at the moment we are doing all we can to help our clients and keep them safe.
We are able to help our clients in all of the ways we could do before the outbreak – we can help them with their Wills or Powers of Attorney, we can set up a Funeral Plan and we can assist with Court of Protection, Probate and Estate Administration. If there are concerns about the mental capacity of a family member, we can also advise and help you with this.
Lancashire Local Support Group Network
At this time, we are here to help our clients in any way we can. We also have a network of local support groups and agencies throughout Lancashire and so, if we can’t help you, get in touch and we can at least put you in touch with someone who can.
If you would like to have a free, initial chat with one of our friendly team to see how we can help you and your family at this difficult time, please call us on 0161 749 9000 or 07572 373 813 or request a call here.
We help clients all around Lancashire and Manchester and we offer 20% off our fees and rates to all NHS staff, Carers, Teachers, Police, members of the emergency services and armed forces, Key Workers and Volunteers.