Since March 2020 the Covid pandemic has affected each and every one of us in one way or another. Now more than ever people are worried that they have not done their Lasting Powers of Attorney in case they are incapacitated in hospital (potentially with little to no outside contact if Covid positive), and yet are concerned about how they can go about doing this with a solicitor’s assistance given the current lockdown.
I am regularly being asked how LPAs can be done within the current restrictions and so I thought it would be helpful to set out how we can help you with your legal matters at the current time.
Getting your Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) in place.
- We are currently recommending that clients conduct their initial meeting online and we try to facilitate whichever platform the client is most comfortable with using (telephone, Zoom, Teams, WhatsApp etc.). Where this is not suitable for the client due to health reasons, in limited circumstances, we can arrange to meet clients as we are still permitted to travel to clients for the purposes of work. All governments guidelines will need to be adhered to (face masks, hand sanitiser and social distancing) and where possible it is preferable that the meeting takes place outside.
- In dealing with your LPA instructions we will endeavour to deal with as much correspondence and sending of documents by email as possible to limit the amount of paperwork going between the office and our clients.
- When it comes to signing your LPAs we will customise each LPA signing to the clients individual circumstances. LPAs can be sent to clients to sign with detailed instructions. A certificate provider is required to sign the LPA and this must be a professional or someone that has known you for at least two years. Clients my be able to access a certificate provider either within their bubble or possibly when meeting another person for exercise, but we will always advise clients as to the relevant requirements.
- Alternatively, where appropriate we can travel to see our clients in order to get the LPAs signed and, in most circumstances, we can act as the certificate provider. Again, this meeting will take place following government guidelines and it is preferable that it takes place outdoors where possible. Where these options are not appropriate we will work with clients to come to a suitable alternative based on their needs.
Hopefully this blog has answered some of your questions but if you have any other questions you would like to discuss or if you would like to arrange a no obligation initial meeting with me please do make contact on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01242 801748. Frank Smith and Co Solicitors prides itself on being a small firm with a friendly approach and we are delighted to have a conversation with you if you feel we may be able to assist you.