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BTO’s Wills and Estates team offers free 20-minute consultation and dedicated helpline to help people put their affairs in order in light of Covid-19

Posted: 25th March 2020

The situation in which we find ourselves as a result of the Coronavirus is unlike anything the globe has experienced in modern times. The challenges of social-isolation and the anxieties around the health and wellbeing of our families and friends are severe.

Lynn Melville, head of BTO’s Wills and Estates team in Edinburgh, said: “We are acutely aware that the coronavirus is the cause of great concern to many of our clients for a range of reasons. This is a time when we need to look after ourselves and to protect those around us and this is likely to involve making sure that all necessary legal mechanisms in relation to our personal affairs are in place.”

In recognition of this requirement, BTO’s Wills and Estates team is offering a free 20-minute consultation with one of its specialist solicitors to discuss matters and to answer any questions or concerns individuals or their family members may have.

Lynn added: “We are able to offer advice regarding Wills and what steps should now be taken to create one or to make sure that existing arrangements are up to date.”

“Putting a Power of Attorney in place has been another frequent request at this time to ensure that the right people have the power to make decisions about our clients’ finances and welfare in the event that they are unable to do so themselves.”

As face-to-face meetings are no longer an option, the team has established a dedicated helpline (0141 225 4855) for this purpose. The team is also able to answer any questions about Inheritance Tax, personal tax, trusts, and the administration of deceased estates.

Lynn commented: “Our solicitors are available to discuss any legal worries and to offer support at a time when it may be needed the most. The offer of a free consultation is open to new and existing clients, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.”

BTO’s Wills and Estates team can also be contacted via email at wills@bto.co.uk and video-conferencing facilities are available.


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