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"70% increase" in demand for Wills during coronavirus crisis

March 2020 saw a 70% increase in demand for making a will. Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors explain the impact caused by the current coronavirus pandemic.

“Will-writing is one of those things on people’s to-do lists that they never get around to doing, but the current coronavirus crisis has focused their minds.”

Those were the words of Ian Bond, chair of the Law Society’s wills and equity committee.

In fact, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people applying to make their will or make amendments to existing documents. In fact, it is reported in March there was a 70% increase in demand for wills in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

It is obvious that a global disruption such as this will spring people into action, as seen by panic buying and nervous reactions to social distancing.

On the subject of wills and probate, health and the ‘worst case scenario’ thought process have created this spike. Elderly clients and a reported 1.5 million vulnerable individuals were said to be behind the spike in queries, and key workers also contribute.

The likes of NHS workers and police officers have been told to put their affairs in order as precaution for their hard work on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Many have asked questions relating to how the will making process is affected by the coronavirus and social distancing. Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors has closed its offices to new and existing clients to respect their health and safety, and in line with current government guidelines. Our technology and remote working systems in place ensure legal service continues unaffected.

The sticking point comes from original rules that dictate wills must be witnessed by two people other than spouses and direct beneficiaries. Remote processes make this still possible however, but you should get in touch with your solicitor to understand the wills and probate process.

The Law Society has contacted the Ministry of Justice over potential changes to the law.

'It would be helpful if some of these processes could be relaxed and speeded up to make it easier and quicker for the public,' Mr Bond told the Telegraph.

To discuss making a will, family trust or probate legal matters during the covid-19 pandemic, please call us on 0333 444 4422 or contact us through our online enquiry form.