Wills and Powers of Attorney: our Covid-safe service

July 14 2020

SIMPSON Solicitors are OPEN – whether you prefer a (Covid safe) in-person meeting at their offices in Kingswood (opposite Costa) or by telephone or Zoom video. It has never been more important to have Wills and Powers of Attorney in place in case you become seriously ill.

Vincent Mulcock and the local team at Simpson Solicitors have been designated as key workers to serve the public in our area covering Downend, Fishponds and Kingswood.

They offer a free Legal Review to guide you through the issues to cover. If you already have a will in place, it can give peace of mind that you and your family are properly protected. It can also help identify any gaps in your protection. Call 0117 960 8594 to book your review.

If you then instruct them to prepare updated documents they still offer clear fixed prices. Mention The Voice when booking your meeting as our readers are also given 20% off their already great value charges.

At no extra cost their service can now include them coming to your door to provide a “doorstep signing” service. They will keep to 2m social distancing. This is to make sure your new documents are properly signed and witnessed and legally valid – even if you are shielding at home.

If you are over 70, shielding and cannot go out, Simpson Solicitors are also offering our readers a FREE Ordinary Power of Attorney service to appoint those you trust who are helping you to run your finances during this time of emergency. Just call their friendly team on 0117 960 8594 to find out how they can help.

REMINDER OF MAIN SERVICES:

Will: A written legal document that sets out your wishes, so they are followed when you die. Simpsons will prepare your Will in a way that guides you through what to cover and also records your decisions and protects them from successful challenge.

Ordinary Power of Attorney: Emergency cover to allow someone you trust to go to the bank for you and manage your finances  - for example if you cannot get out because you are shielding from COVID-19.

Lasting Power of Attorney: Protects your wishes if you are alive but too unwell to carry them out yourself. This also covers you for problems such as dementia – if put in place when you still have mental capacity.

They can cover your finances (such as banking, paying bills and signing on your behalf)

They can also allow someone you trust speak up for you over medical treatment and where you receive care. Issues can include decisions you’d want such as “do not resuscitate”.

Probate: The legal process that is followed when someone dies, It gives legal authority to follow their Will (or the government’s intestacy rules that apply if their is no Will).

Simpson Solicitors can give you advice on all of these issues – in plain English. This always starts with a free advice meeting. It is a no obligation meeting. Their aim is to give you peace of mind that you have the advice you need to do things properly.