We constantly strive to provide the best service to our clients, and in these unprecedented times, although our office buildings are closed in compliance with the Government’s restrictions, we have adapted to ensure that we can still help you when it matters most.
You may have concerns about whether, and how, you can still “put your affairs in order” such as arranging your Will and or/Power of Attorney. We are pleased to say that we can still assist with the arrangement of these important documents.
The Law Society has issued guidance on how solicitors can continue to provide these services even though the current rules prevent us meeting our clients in person.
If you have already provided your instructions for a new or replacement Will then we can send drafts, or the principal documents to you for signing, either by post or email. In Scotland a Will should always be witnessed when signed but if it is difficult, due to the social distancing measures, for you to provide a witness, we can set up a video conferencing call with you so we can act as your witness instead.
If you are an existing client and wish to provide us with new instructions, we can still receive these by telephone, letter or email, followed up with either a further telephone or video call where necessary. We can then arrange for drafts to be issued by letter or email and the principals to be signed and witnessed by video call as above.
If you are not already an existing client, then we are happy to discuss your options and you should in the first instance telephone or email us.
Powers of Attorney
The procedure for taking instructions for new or amended Powers of Attorney including any follow up telephone or video calls and the issuing of draft and/or principal documents for signing by either email or post applies just as above. However, in order to set up Powers of Attorney, one of our solicitors is required to interview the granter (ie the person appointing an attorney) immediately before the document is signed. Given the current restrictions, we can again use video conference calling to achieve this. Please simply contact us to discuss your specific requirements.
Alison Ramsay, our Senior Partner and head of our Private Client Team says:
“Jameson + Mackay has been around since 1881 and, with the help of modern technology, we are still here to help you by providing peace of mind during this difficult time. Although our buildings are closed our solicitors are working remotely and can be contacted via our usual telephone numbers and email addresses. Please contact us to discuss Wills, Powers of Attorney or any other legal matter you need advice on. We are always here to help you.”