Despite the unique challenges caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic, as always we are doing our utmost to support you and your families in these worrying and uncertain times, and are endeavouring to cause as little disruption to clients as possible. We can still be contacted by telephone and by email as usual. If your call during office hours should go unanswered, please leave a voice message and somebody will get back to you as soon as possible.
Whilst a physical meeting at our office, or at your home, is not something we are able to offer at this time, we have our entire team set up with remote working, and we are able to offer client meetings by secure video link, and are therefore able to continue to offer those essential services which are causing people the most anxiety at this time.
Wills & Lasting Powers of Attorney
Inheritance Tax saving advice
There is no special equipment or technology needed by clients. If you have a tablet, smart phone, laptop or desk computer, then as long as it has a built-in or attached camera so that we’re able to verify your identification, we can discuss your wishes and your intentions, advising as requested and as necessary, and take your instructions for the preparation of your Will(s). Drafts of these can then be drawn up swiftly and, once they have been reviewed and approved by you, your bound Will(s) will be prepared for signing and witnessing. Simple, straightforward guidance will be given to you before the meeting to explain how we are able to connect with you, and it’s all kept totally stress-free. Within a short time, you can have a personal, tailor-made, up to date Will (or Wills for a couple) in place, and one less thing to worry about in these extraordinary times.
Your instructions for having Lasting Powers of Attorney put in place can be taken at the same time as your Will(s) meeting, or on their own. In these uncertain times when you may become unwell or are self isolating, you will have the assurance that your welfare and your financial affairs are being looked after by someone you trust, who will also be able to make those key decisions for you while you are unable to do so. If you are unsure how Lasting Powers of Attorney work, or which you might need, please read the explanation page on our website here.
Estate Administration and Probate for a person who has died
If you’d like an initial meeting to discuss the estate of a person who has sadly passed away and nobody has yet started dealing with this essential but often confusing matter, we’re happy to assist. We’ll arrange with you for the deceased’s relevant paperwork and the documentation relating to their assets and any liabilities to be dropped off at our office, and one of our probate specialists will review the paperwork to establish the situation. Once they have done this, they will contact you to arrange a video meeting, to explain to you what is involved, what the terms of the Will mean if there is one (if you are troubled by any legal jargon in it), what will need to be dealt with, and what problems (if any) we feel might result from the paperwork – or missing paperwork. Once this has been done, they will discuss with you whether you would like us to deal with all or part of the administration and obtaining the grant, giving when possible an estimate of the likely range of costs, or whether you feel you have the time and expertise to deal with some of all of this yourself. It goes without saying that there is no obligation whatsoever for you to instruct us in the matter if you prefer not to.
Michael Anvoner & Company – Solicitors. Constable House, 5 Bulwer Road, Barnet, Herts EN5 5JD