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You won’t be surprised to learn that the COVID-19 outbreak has made lots of people think about their Will, or who will help them with their money or decisions about medical treatment if they are hospitalised. We want to make it easy for you to put these things in place. Access any of our services by telephone, without visiting our office or inviting us to your home.
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? Do I need one?!There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). The first is is called a Health and Welfare LPA. This is for using when you are no longer able to tell people your wishes about your medical treatment and...
What is an Executor & what do they do?When you die, the Executor you have named in your Will is responsible for sorting out your funeral, your paperwork, your finances, and anything else that needs to be dealt with. Usually the job involves registering your death,...
In a dispute about funeral arrangements, who has the final say?Even in the closest of families, disagreement or confusion might arise at a time of grief. There is always one person with legal responsibility for arranging the funeral, and they have the final say. Some...
Following the death of a loved one, especially someone close, the practicalities can seem endless and the list of things to do/sort/organise can become overwhelming in terms of administration.
We offer a wide range of probate services at fixed costs, so don’t hesitate to get in touch and instruct us to help.
Families – can’t live with them, can’t live without them!?
The season of goodwill isn’t guaranteed to bring happiness and joy for everyone.
Some are enduring a first, or another, Christmas without a loved one.
Others are spending Christmas with family they don’t see often.
It’s not uncommon for someone’s Will to reveal one or two surprises. Perhaps the deceased has left money to an unexpected beneficiary, or perhaps their estate is much larger (or smaller!) than they led people to believe. And then there’s disappointment or shock, when those expecting to be included are not – with the inheritance being distributed elsewhere.
In recent weeks the government has confirmed that the restructure has been abandoned, and probate fees will remain unchanged. We have more information about the probate process in our online Guide to the Administration of an Estate.
Do you remember the recent case in the news of two stepsisters fighting over their inheritance? Tragically, when Mr and Mrs Scarle died, their bodies were not discovered for several days. When they were found, it was not clear who had died first.This became an issue when their estates were being dealt with, and here’s why.
It’s important to chat with us face to face to explain your needs, discuss your options, and give us instructions. Find out about our home visit service for standard, non-emergency appointments which might otherwise take place at our office…
Should I set up a Trust?A Trust is a tool which is used to manage the administration or gifting of assets or money in a specific way. Trusts are a tax efficient way of managing gifts, so there is a wide range of Trusts to provide for a variety of estate planning...
Getting to grips with Estate Accounts The person appointed to administer the estate when someone dies is either determined by their Will (in which Executors are appointed) or by next of kin. There may be one or more persons involved in this process and they are known...
Pre-paid funeral plan provider, Rest Assured Funeral Plans, have partnered with the NHS in a pilot scheme to increase membership of the Organ Donor Register. It is hoped that people who are already having frank conversations about death will be open to discussing what should happen to their bodies when they die.
When we die, we’re not there to foot the bill, so why should we worry? It can be tricky – or impossible – for loved ones to come up with a significant sum of money at the time of a death. Even more so if the event is unexpected. Prepaid funeral plans enable us to cover these costs in advance.
If you’ve got a Will, it’s a good idea to check it’s up to date. Passage of time, changed relationships and updates to legislation could mean it no longer does what you intended. If you need a new Will we can do this for you. Our fixed Will writing costs start from £199 for a single simple Will.