North Wales law firm experiences surge in demand for Will writing during pandemic

Christ Marriot

LAW firms are experiencing a surge in demand for Will writing as the number of deaths from Coronavirus continues to rise.

Edward Hughes Solicitors, based in Rhyl and Colwyn Bay, has been busy supporting families at what is a stressful and alarming period in UK history, and offering remote guidance and advice while staff follow public health guidelines and work from home.

Partner David Jones urged people not to panic and to call or email their dedicated team of solicitors with any concerns.

“We are always here for clients and anyone wanting help and information on any legal matter, whether the office is open or closed, as is the case nationwide,” said Mr Jones.

“There has been an increase in demand for Will writing because people are worried about Coronavirus and how the coming months are going to look, and whether the trends are to continue. People want to be prepared for any eventuality and are looking at worst-case scenarios.

“Because we are not able to meet face to face the Will might take slightly longer than usual to be completed, but we are still fully operational and can speak to people over the phone or communicate via email or video link.

“Most importantly, we encourage people – especially the elderly – to stay safe, follow Government advice and do not leave self-isolation if you are vulnerable. Please pick up the phone if you want to speak to us.”

The North Wales company, which has just celebrated its 70th anniversary, has a Wills and Probate partnership with St Kentigern Hospice in St Asaph.

Solicitor Shian Hughes has been on hand to give free advice to patients and their families following the hospice’s £2.5million redevelopment, unveiled in February.

The Law Society, which represents solicitors in the UK, admitted there had been a huge increase in demand for a Will as people hurried to put their financial affairs in order.

Ian Bond, the Society’s Head of Will Writing Services, added: “Will-writing is one of those things on people’s to-do lists that they never get around to doing, but the current coronavirus crisis has focused their minds.”

Latest figures revealed up to 60% of adults do not have a Will, and those aged 55 and over are three times more likely to have one than those aged 18-34.

A common misconception is that people feel they are ‘not rich enough’ to need a Will.

For more information, call 01745 343661 (Rhyl).

Alternatively, email [email protected] or visit www.qualitysolicitors.com/edwardhughes

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