I traveled out from my office yesterday, with my trusty secretary, to witness the signing of wills for a couple who are cocooning at home as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.
And it was a surreal experience, one I never imagined I would witness.
We drove through the entrance to the property at the appointed time and up the side of the bungalow where we were met by the couple sitting out at a circular garden table.
We removed the wills from a plastic folder in which they had been placed and pointed to the blank white space where the wills were to be signed. We then left the wills on the garden table and watched as the couple executed their wills.
The gentleman then produced a little spray bottle and with great care sprayed the wills and the €50 euro notes, being the fee, with his anti-bacterial Covid 19 busting spray and left them back on the garden table. I then took the wills, did a u-turn at the bottom of his garden and headed back to the office.
We then copied the wills and posted them out to the couple.
The €50 notes were damp when I removed them from the car and brought them into the office, but they are perfectly serviceable now having spent 12 hours or so nestling in my wallet close to my heart.
Covid-19 has changed our lives and the way we do business and interact with each other. But I do not want to adapt to this new scenario for the rest of my life, I want things to revert to the way they were before any of us heard of Covid-19.
Hopefully, in the not too distant future, this novel experience of witnessing wills and the spraying of €50 notes will be something that we can look back upon and chuckle, and that it does not become a new norm.