Making a Will During a Pandemic

According to The Law Society, the Coronavirus pandemic has led to a significant increase in demand for advice on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Inheritance Tax planning as people turn to think about their financial arrangements. In response to the government’s guidance on social distancing, our offices are currently closed to both staff and clients. However, we are still very much “open for business” and able to deal with enquiries from both existing and new clients by telephone or video conferencing (eg, Facetime, Microsoft Teams). With no direct client contact, we are adapting the way in which we respond to requests for new Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.…

Furlough – Online Portal

A meeting between the Parliamentary Select Committee and senior figures at HMRC took place yesterday (8 April) and a number of key details were confirmed. The information that came out is as follows: The portal will be open on 20th April; The first payment is due to be made to employers on or around 30th April; Subsequent payments will be made within 4-6 working days of submission of the data; A Guidance document on how to compile claims is to be issued to employers within the next few days; Employers may make one claim per pay period (ie. either weekly or monthly); and Employers may submit their claim up to…