Frequently Asked Question about Private Client Law during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted 17 February 2021 by Richard Tinkler

Frequently Asked Question about Private Client Law during the Covid-19 Pandemic
As a Solicitor specialising in Private Client law, covering wills, probate and powers of attorney, there are many questions I am frequently asked by potential clients in the context of the ongoing pandemic– here are a few below with answers which you may find helpful.  If you have any questions not answered below, please feel free to give us a call.  Please note the answers below are for general information purposes only and do not constitute advice.  Always speak with a Solicitor in relation to your own circumstances.

Can I make a will from the comfort of my own home? 
Yes – please get in touch with us and we can help you with this.  It is not necessary to have a face-to-face appointment to provide will instructions.  We have carried out telephone appointments during the pandemic and have found these have worked very well for clients and ourselves.
Do I have to live in your ‘catchment area’ to make a will with Capron & Helliwell?
No – whether you live in Tunstead, Teeside or Tunbridge Wells, we can assist you.  We do not have a catchment area and have acted for clients throughout Norwich, Norfolk, the country and indeed worldwide.
How long do the Probate Registry take to produce a grant of probate during the pandemic?
There is no definite timescale in place but we have found using the online application system that grants have been turned around in several weeks but keep in mind it could very well take several months for a grant to be issued.  The Probate Registry are incredibly busy.
Can a probate application be made online?
Yes – depending on the circumstances of the case.
Can I get a valuation of a property for probate purposes without a valuer needing to attend the property?Many agents and valuers are offering a service whereby they can carry out a ‘virtual valuation’ – please enquire with the agent or valuer.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
How long does it take for the Office of the Public Guardian to register an LPA during the pandemic?
We are finding it is taking about three or four months for an LPA to be registered by the OPG during the pandemic.
Every case, of course, depends on its own circumstances so always take legal advice from a trusted professional about your own set of circumstances.

This article was written 16 February 2021 and the law may change following this date.

Richard Tinkler is a Partner based at the Helliwell House office in Wroxham.

Capron & Helliwell offer a fixed fee first appointment for family law matters - for details or to book an appointment please contact Dawn Pennell on 01692 581231.

This article aims to supply general information but it is not intended to constitute advice. Every effort is made to ensure that the law referred to is correct at the date of publication and to avoid any statement which may mislead. However, no duty of care is assumed to any person and no liability is accepted for any omission or inaccuracy. Always seek specific advice.

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