NOTICE OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS

As we are sure you will be aware, the impact of the Covid-19 Coronavirus continues to accelerate and affect many people’s lives in every aspect including the industries and workplaces they are part of.  We have been closely monitoring the guidance given by both the Government and the Legal Services Governing bodies about how and what work we can continue during this time to ensure we keep staff, clients and their families safe and help slow the speed of the virus.

With such uncertain times, the third party services and other industries we rely on to progress the work we do for clients are having to take unprecedented measures (such as the recent temporary closure of the Land Register of Scotland for Applications, and direct guidance from The Law Society of Scotland that conveyancing and transactional work should be ‘paused’) to ensure their staff are safe also.  Much of what we do cannot be done without these third party services being operational. 

The Governments have not categorised workers in our field to be ‘key workers’ who can continue to travel to work and therefore in these circumstances of national emergency, we feel that we are left with no other option but to close our office premises with immediate effect until further notice or until the restrictions placed on us by our Government are lifted. This action has been taken in the interests of public health and to ensure we are not putting our staff at risk.

We have been working remotely as much as possible to date to attend to client business but there is only so much that can be done from home without our main office being operational.  We also need staff in the office to operate. As we cannot have staff in the office, we cannot have staff working from home either. Therefore we are extremely limited in what we can do for you at present.

At this time, we would ask our clients and third parties to communicate by email to Reception@williamsonandhenry.co.uk . If your matter is urgent, please call 01557 330 692, However, there are currently only two of us (Ian Rodger and Ross Ireland) to deal with everything. We may not be able to respond quickly. We will try to help if we can, but are very limited in our capacity to do so at present.

We will of course continue to closely monitor the Scottish and UK Governments advice and await the release of any further information or details that will impact on the welfare of our employees, clients and our business.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we all try to adjust and allow our country to ensure the safety of its people during these unprecedented times.  We hope that we will be able our doors again soon to continue servicing the needs of our clients and community.

Stay well and stay safe.

Regards

Your Williamson and Henry Team

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Wills, Executries & Power of Attorney

 
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No one likes to think about their own mortality, it’s inevitable and that’s why it’s important to plan for the future as early as possible to make your affairs as easy to deal with on death as possible. Doing so needn’t be stressful, complex or time consuming.

At Williamson and Henry, our team of Solicitors have the knowledge and experience to help make sure that your affairs are in order and your loved ones taken care of should problems arise.

Wills

Williamson and Henry advise on drafting Wills, and can also advise on aspects such as intestate estates (where someone dies without a Will), succession, legal rights and basic Inheritance Tax advice.

EXECUTRIES

Losing a loved one and dealing with an estate can be a difficult time. Williamson and Henry can assist in the administration of estates both where the deceased has left a Will (Testate estates) and where a deceased has died without a Will (Intestate estates). We can advise on the need (or otherwise) for Confirmation (the Scottish equivalent of Probate), the appointment of Executors (if needed) as well as dealing with the ingathering and distribution of estates and payment of any Inheritance Tax due.

Power of Attorney

With the complexities of the modern world, and with institutes being much more security conscious, it is becoming increasingly more important for individuals to have a Power of Attorney in place to ensure that their assets and affairs can be dealt with if they lose capacity.

I can be easy to wrongly assume that this is a document we only need in later life but incapacity is something that can affect individuals at various stages of their lives whether it be through illness or some kind of unexpected incident such as an accident. We can guide you through the process of deciding whether a Power of Attorney is right for you, discussing the options and take your instruction on granted the a Power of Attorney as required.

If you need advice regarding a Will, Executries or Power of Attorney, we can help.

We are flexible and happy to meet you at a time and location convenient to you and your family and have offices in Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet and New Galloway. Click here or call us now on 01557 330 692.

 
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