Those with extra time on their hands during the COVID-19 lockdown can use it constructively to get affairs and finances more organised, with suggestions from legal experts at JMP Solicitors.

Managing director, Ian Howard, said: “These are uncertain times, and whilst the COVID-19 lockdown situation is largely negative it’s important to look at any extra time as an opportunity to get organised where possible.

“There is plenty that can be done to get both personal and business affairs in order, including sorting wills, remortgaging and progressing a house sale so you can be in a better position moving forward.

“The majority of legal companies are still operating as usual and are available to guide you through sorting personal and business affairs. At JMP, the wills, commercial law and conveyancing teams are on hand to help with a range of services.”

Sort a business will

Business wills are important to have in terms of ensuring that a business is taken care of following the unfortunate circumstance of a business owner’s demise. A will can ensure that a business is managed properly and it will provide stability in terms of future finances and the transition of employees. In the absence of a business will, inheritance of the business will be left to chance, so it’s important to detail in a will who will take ownership of the business and its management, to allow shareholders control.

Get the ball rolling in terms of remortgaging

If you have decided to switch to a different financial product that better suits your situation, conveyancing experts at JMP can help you move the remortgaging process forward by providing relevant advice for mortgage matters when you need it most.

Sort a personal will

It’s estimated that three out of five people don’t have a personal will in the UK, as they see it as unnecessary, complicated or just too expensive. However, it’s important to sort a personal will to ensure that your wishes are respected in the event of your passing, and your assets and loved ones are looked after. The wills team at JMP are dedicated to helping those who want to get their personal wills in order and will handle the process sensitively from start to finish.

Preserve your brand identity

In the essence of preserving brand identity, business owners can use their time wisely to look into protecting their company. From registering business names across the world, to carrying out trademark searches and researching logo copyright protection, there are many ways to preserve and protect brand identity. The commercial law team at JMP can handle a range of intellectual property enquiries and talk through the most applicable options of brand protection for you.

Get your home move ready

To ensure your property is ready to sell as soon as government restrictions are lifted, use your time in lockdown wisely to get homes market-ready. Start with choosing a trusted estate agent and legal expert to kick off the conveyancing process, and begin those DIY jobs that you’ve put off for the past year. This will stand you in a good position to be ready to go once government advice says it’s safe to do so. The legal experts at JMP are on standby to guide you through the conveyancing process and help you along your way.

For further advice on services, please contact 0800 085 9966 or email grantham@jmp-solicitors.com.

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