JP WITNESSING – The Gap and Samford

Due to the high demand of witnessing that is being requested of us during Covid-19, and our obligation to keep our office clean for the health and wellbeing of our staff and clients, we wish to advise that effective immediately we will be charging for our qualified witnessing services.  This includes all witnessing by a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations or Solicitor at both The Gap and Samford offices.
 
We would ask that anybody requesting this service please phone ahead to arrange an appointment slot and to be provided a quote for your witnessing requirements.
 
Our office contact numbers are:
THE GAP – 3123 5700
SAMFORD – 3123 5750
 
We thank you for your understanding.

Business as usual during COVID-19

For us here at Hollingworth & Spencer, it’s business as usual.  We have contingencies in place should our team be required to work from home and we plan to continue delivering great service to you.
 
In order to protect your health and our team’s health, we plan to limit face-to-face meetings to only those that are essential meetings such as witnessing of client material, and we will be adhering to all government and health authority recommendations moving forward.  We are taking steps to move the majority of our meetings to phone consultations or video conferencing to ensure we are all as safe and protected as possible.
 
In relation to ongoing work; as always, our lawyers and support staff are available via their email.  You can also continue to call us on 07 3123 5700 as normal.
 
We will continue to assess how we can best manage your needs and those of our team. If the situation develops further, we will update you appropriately.

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