Do you want to help someone get a Will in place during Coronavirus Crisis?
These are undoubtedly strange times that we are facing and since the Pandemic took a hold of the UK, we have found that we have had to change the way in which we live in every
possible way. It is frightening, worrying and as it currently stands, there is no real end in
sight. However, life doesn’t stop and that means that there are still things that we need to
think about. With all of us in lockdown or in self-isolation, more people are beginning to think
about estate planning and putting their affairs in order.
So, you might be asking yourself “How do I make a Will for my elderly parents or an elderly
friend or neighbour?”. You might know of someone who needs a Will but they might not be
able to find a reliable provider or have access to the internet to do their own research. You
might have considered a DIY kit but know that this could actually leave them in a worse
position that not having a Will at all. So what are your options in getting help with a
professionally written Will?
With the current situation it might not be possible to get an appointment with a solicitor as
the person you are helping may be shielding, or the solicitor may not be able to offer
appointments adhering to social distancing rules. You certainly cannot have people visiting
your home to talk you through the process at the moment so is it possible to create and
prepare documents for someone else without an appointment and without the need to leave
Although you can help with the search for a provider, the person who wishes to create a Will
has to have testamentary capacity. The individual must be aware that they are working with
their Last Will and Testament, understand the consequences of writing a Will on their estate
and understand what assets they have.
You may be keen to remain involved in the process however if you are going to be a
beneficiary within the Will then you will need to ensure that the person making a Will is
spoken to separately so that the Will provider can be confident they are acting without any
influence. This is particularly true if others believe they are going to be a beneficiary but are
actually going to be disinherited.
Changing the way we do things is a common theme at the moment. Finding a provider who
can offer a secure and ‘socially distanced’ way to get a Will is important, as having a valid
Will in place should not be delayed.