We hope the following guidance will help, but the situation is changing constantly and by the time you read this it will be out of date. Our offices are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Scottish government. We are working from home and for many types of work we can still assist you.
Can I view properties?
Unlike in England, viewings are not yet permitted in Scotland. We are working to make virtual viewings (video tours) available for properties we are marketing. If we are marketing a property that is of interest to you please get in touch by emailing email@example.com
Can I purchase a property?
Yes, we can deal with the conveyancing work. If you need a mortgage most lenders are prepared to lend at present- check with your lender or mortgage broker. However, you may not be able to view the property. Also, you will not currently be able to get a survey or have the Home Report updated.
Can I sell my property if it is already on the market?
Yes, if someone wants to buy your property, we can deal with the conveyancing. However, many purchasers will want the home report to be updated, which is not possible at present. Also, most purchasers will want to view the property before purchasing and are unable to visit the property to do so at present, though some may be prepared to purchase on the basis of a video viewing.
If you already marketing your property through other agents and would like to switch to Williamson and Henry, we will be very pleased to help you.
Can I put my property on the market?
We cannot visit properties to take photographs and prepare marketing materials. Surveyors cannot visit to prepare home reports. Therefore we cannot bring properties to market at present.
If you are considering selling please get in touch and we can make preliminary arrangements so that quick progress can be made to bring your property to the market when restrictions are lifted to allow this. We may be able to provide a pre-market appraisal and valuation, particularly if you can send us a description of your property together with a video tour and/or photographs. These do not have to be all that good: just good enough to let us know what your property is like. We can also provide an estimate of the likely fees and outlays.
Can I make a Will?
Yes, provided we can take instructions from you. This may be possible by telephone but ideally will be by video link between the solicitor and you. We can even witness you signing the Will by video link if you cannot find a witness who can be physically present when you sign. We have professional obligations, which include being satisfied that you have sufficient understanding of what you are doing to make a Will and that you are not under undue influence from someone else. Therefore it may not always be possible for us to help you make a Will unless we can physically meet with you.
Power of attorney
Please see the guidance with regard to Wills above. There is a difference with powers of attorney as we can only help you if we can establish a video meeting with you. This is because we have to certify that we saw you sign the document. Therefore we cannot help you put a power of attorney in place if we only have telephone contact with you.
Can you help me if a relative has died?
Yes, please get in touch and we will be able to offer initial advice and assistance by telephone or by video link. We can assist with most matters in the administration of a person’s estate despite the lockdown.
As we say, please get in touch if you are unsure whether we can help. The situation is changing constantly and the above guidance will be out of date the day after we have prepared it. If you are unsure whether we can help please get in touch and ask.