February 19, 2024
Sodium Valproate (Epilim) Inquiry
In November 2020, the Minister for Health, Mr Stephen Donnelly, announced that an inquiry would take place into the historical licensing and use of the epilepsy drug Sodium Valproate (also...
Covid-19 has seen a significant increase in people taking control of their affairs, notably making wills or updating ones that are already in place.
Here, we outline the process of making a will during the current pandemic.
Giving instructions and drafting the will
Making a will at present is a little more complex than usual, given the necessity to ensure safety by abiding by government measures surrounding social distancing. Pre-pandemic, our clients would attend our offices in person and give their instructions to the solicitor making the will. As this is no longer practicable, Lavelle Partners have measures for taking instructions remotely. This can be done by email, over the phone, by post, or over a video-conferencing tool like Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
Once instructions have been taken, a will can be drafted and sent to the client for review. The draft can be altered and amended, and then when the client approves the final draft, we can proceed to execution of the will.
Guidelines surrounding the correct execution of a will follow stringent rules governed by the Succession Act 1965. For a will to be valid, it must be:
Successfully executing a will while adhering to social distancing rules
We’ve successfully executed a significant number of wills since social distancing regulations came into place in March. For most, we’ve followed some of the following steps:
The Law Society have published guidelines on executing wills, which we always adhere to. These can be accessed here.
If you have any queries regarding you will, if you’d like to make one or if you have any queries related to wills, probate or estate planning, please contact us on 01 644 5800.
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