Coronavirus - Peterkins Business Continuity

These are unprecedented and challenging times for everyone. The health and safety of our clients and staff is our priority. While our offices are currently closed to the public, we recognise that a number of our services may provide help and reassurance to you during these difficult times. We have summarised these here and we hope that you find these helpful.


Wills

It is vitally important that you have a Will in place in order to ensure that your estate is dealt with according to your wishes.

Our solicitors and staff are currently working from home, but we have technology in place to enable us to continue to provide expert advice and assistance in preparing or updating your Will.

We will be happy to discuss any questions you might have and can guide you through the whole process from the initial instructions to the signing of your Will.

If you would like someone to get in touch about your Will please contact us by calling 01224 428000 or emailing maildesk@peterkins.com.


Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney enables you to give other named people the power to deal with a wide range of matters on your behalf including financial and welfare matters. This is particularly important at the moment if you are unable to leave your home.

If you would like someone to get in touch about making a Power of Attorney please contact us by calling 01224 428000 or emailing maildesk@peterkins.com.


Executries

It is always a difficult time when any relative or loved one passes away. Our solicitors are available to provide any advice, comfort and reassurance you may need in relation to finances and the process of winding up their estate.

If you need to speak to someone about a recent bereavement or estate please contact us by calling 01224 428000 or emailing maildesk@peterkins.com.


Employment Law

Unfortunately due to the current economic climate there are likely to be a number of job losses. Employers may seek to deal with this by way of a Compromise Agreement with their employees. It is often necessary for these Compromise Agreements to be signed by a certain date. We can provide you with the necessary advice in relation to any Compromise Agreement to ensure it is signed properly and on time.

If you would like to speak to someone about a Compromise Agreement please contact us by calling 01224 428000 or emailing maildesk@peterkins.com.


Financial and Mortgage Advice

Expert financial advice is critical at any time. We understand that personal finances will be under pressure during the coronavirus crisis. Our team of financial advisers are available to provide you with any financial advice you may need. Whether you are considering estate and IHT planning, life assurance, pensions or remortgaging your property our financial advisers are on hand to discuss these matters with you.

If you would like to speak with a financial or mortgage adviser please contact us by calling 01224 428000 or emailing maildesk@peterkins.com.


Matrimonial and Family Law

Complex and emotional situations will develop as couples and families are isolated and existing frailties in relationships become even more difficult for everyone involved. Our solicitors offer a sensitive and efficient approach to help find the best possible outcome .

If you would like to speak to one of our family lawyers please contact us by calling 01224 428000 or emailing maildesk@peterkins.com.


Residential Leasing – Landlord and Tenant

New rules have been introduced to give more protection to Tenants during the Coronavirus crisis. All evictions are now discretionary and it will be up to the Housing and Property Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal to decide whether it is reasonable to evict any tenant. Tenants will need to be given six months notice prior to eviction where they are facing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus crisis. It should be noted that the Tribunal is currently closed and it may be some time before they are able to hear any eviction hearings.

Landlords are also being offered support by way of loans where Tenants are having difficulty paying rent.

If you, as a Landlord or Tenant would like to speak to one of our leasing experts about any concerns you have please contact us by calling 01224 428000 or emailing maildesk@peterkins.com.


Residential and Commercial Property

Our property solicitors are working remotely and are on hand to provide clients with advice on all property related matters. Whether you are in the process or buying, selling or remortgaging any property we can provide you with the latest advice and guidance from the government.

We are also able to submit any offers and to process transactions while working from home.

If you would like to speak to one of our property solicitors please contact us by calling 01224 428000 or emailing maildesk@peterkins.com.


Estate Agency

Government guidance allows for you to continue marketing properties when the lockdown is in place but viewings will not be possible until the restrictions are lifted or relaxed. Our solicitors and sales advisers are still available to discuss your sale and any marketing questions you might have while our offices are closed.

If you were thinking of selling before the lockdown started we may still be able to provide you with a valuation of your property and can provide you with expert advice on getting your property ready for selling when the current restrictions are removed.

If you would like to speak to one of our sales advisers about your property please contact by calling 01224 428000 or emailing maildesk@peterkins.com.