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Law firms are seeing a surge in demand for will-writing services from younger key workers who want to make sure they are prepared for every eventuality.
Ian Bond, director and head of trusts and estates at West Midlands-based Talbots Law, said: ”Typically we would see people that are aged 60-plus who want to put wills into place, but we’ve had much younger people who work for various NHS Trusts in the Black Country coming in and doing it.
“There have been doctors and nurses and various different people who are key workers. They are in a hazardous, dangerous profession, so they are making sure they have everything updated.”
Speaking to Birmingham Live, Mr Bond, who is also chairman of the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee, added: “They are doing an absolutely sterling job, but sadly they are at risk, so they have come to the conclusion they need to put their affairs in order and make their own wills. Hopefully they won’t have to use them, but it’s sensible to have it if they can.”
“A lot of people never get around to [making a will], but now they are in lockdown it gets them thinking these are quite worrying times, so perhaps they should put their affairs in order. Either they’ve never made wills before or they’re making adjustments to wills made previously, which are long out of date.”
Solicitor Gary Davison, managing director of Birmingham-based QualitySolicitors Davisons, said his firm has seen a similar rise in demand for its will-writing services.
“People don’t like to think about wills unless they absolutely have to and this is a situation where people have started thinking ‘wow I do need to consider this’.”
He added that the firm had adapted its processes to take into account social distancing. “Our offices are open but front doors closed. So what’s happening is the will is put on the desk at reception and we ask the client to sign there while we keep a safe distance.
“What’s also been suggested is that you watch a client signing through a window. They then put the document through the letterbox.”
In a recent survey, insurance and pensions giant Royal London found that 54 per cent of UK adults do not have a will.