COVID-19: June 2020 Update

25 June 2020

Since our last update we have introduced some modified measures to allow us to continue working as normally as possible while complying with changing government guidance. We have largely been working remotely and have been able to offer virtual client meetings via FaceTime or Microsoft Teams, and also some limited short face-to-face meetings outside e.g. for signing documents and handing over ID. These arrangements will continue.

In addition we will now offer some sit-down socially-distanced meetings indoors for some of our Probate clients.

Meanwhile we are gradually increasing the time our staff spend in person in the office. Some remote working will continue.

Please keep checking our website and Facebook page for further updates.

Alison Fielden & Co. - Wills & Probate Department

Our Wills and Probate Department will assist with Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney and Estate Administration.

Wills

One of the most common misconceptions is that on the death of one party their estate will automatically pass to the surviving partner. This result cannot, however, be guaranteed if the deceased left no will. Making a will is much easier and less costly than is commonly believed. A correctly drawn will can save many thousands of pounds and considerable heartache for the bereaved. These days more and more people have second families and it is absolutely vital that a deceased's wishes are clearly and unequivocally stated. This can only be guaranteed by drawing up a professionally prepared will. We will help you through the process of making your Will and are happy to discuss the various options with you, so that your will is right for your own particular situation.

Probate

We offer a sympathetic and supportive service to clients at a very difficult time. We will explain the procedure for dealing with an estate, assess whether or not a Grant of Representation is needed and give you clear and helpful advice. We are happy to assist as much or as little as you require to ensure the correct documents are prepared, the estate's assets protected and the administration is carried out as efficiently as possible. We will keep you regularly updated with progress and liaise fully with all interested parties so that matters can be finalised and the estate distributed amongst those legally entitled.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Lasting Powers of Attorney enables people to appoint third parties to deal with their financial affairs or personal welfare after they themselves lose the ability or inclination to manage their own affairs. The Lasting Power of Attorney must be registered with the Court of Protection before it can be used, and therefore it is vitally important that the power is prepared in accordance with the prescribed procedure. If you have the earlier Enduring Power of Attorney, this applies only to property and financial matters and need only be registered if the person who made it loses mental capacity.

For a list of our fees for Wills & Probate work, please see this document.

Tina Amid is the solicitor in charge of the firm's Private Client Department dealing with Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and related matters. After studying law in Leeds she went on to work for a firm of Solicitors in West Yorkshire for 10 years where she qualified as a Solicitor in 2009. She joined Alison Fielden & Co in July 2017. Tina is very happy to be now back living in her home county of Gloucestershire. Outside work she enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her family.

For information relating to Wills and Probate please contact Tina or her secretary Ann Storey.

Please visit the factsheets page for more information on issues relating to Wills & Probate.

Alison Fielden & Co.
The Gatehouse
Dollar Street
Cirencester
Glos. GL7 2AN
DX 39418 Cirencester
Tel 01285 653261
Fax 01285 885372
alison@alisonfielden.co.uk