As an Executor or Personal Representative, dealing with Probate and an estate comes at an already difficult and sad time. It can be a time consuming responsibility. We can help you. We can look after all aspects of the administration of an estate on your behalf, that can all too often become a minefield of problems and we will liase with you throughout it all.

Based in Failsworth Manchester, our office has the benefit of free parking and disabled access. You will receive a warm welcome.

However, we also offer home visits and a free initial consultation in your own home at a time that is convenient for you.

Call now on 0800 294 306 for advice and further details or email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.com

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Writing a Will is one of the most important things you will ever do. It is a common myth that you have to be wealthy to leave a gist in your Will to help a charity, but nothing could be further from the truth. After taking care of family and friends, you too can do something legendary by including a charity in your Wil

remember a charity

Jo-Ann Mason of We Solicitors says: ‘It is very worthwhile leaving a legacy in your Will. Many people give to charity in their lifetime even small amounts and the same can be done in a Will. As a solicitor and a Trustee of a charity – Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre – I see first hand how vital legacies can be and what a big impact they really do have. You may help one person change their life for the better. A legacy of £100 or even £50 for example would make a huge difference’ #HaveYourSay

We Solicitors can help you to put your Will in place for just £90 + VAT for a basic Will. It is probably not as hard as you may think to do it.

Act now by contacting us:

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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remember a charity

Every year, more and more people like to leave a gift to charity in their Will. These legendary acts are a vital source of income for our favourite causes and are instrumental in enabling them to continue their work.

When writing your Will or thinking what to include in it here are some points to consider:

  • After looking after family and friends, please give a thought to your favourite charity when thinking about your will
  • You can use your will to look after everything that’s important to you, including charitable causes
  • A gift to charity in your will does not have to mean large amounts of money. A small gift can make a very real difference.

   We Solicitors can help you to put your Will in place for just £90 + VAT for a basic Will. It is probably not as hard as you may think to do it.

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.ukHome visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areasTelephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191Act now by contacting us: #HaveYourSay

 

Being an executor is not easy. It is a role that many people agree to without fully knowing what is involved (but then how would you if you haven’t done it before? ). No one can predict how beneficiaries or family members will act when someone passes away. Executors normally don’t fully know what assets there are or what has to be dealt with. It also comes as a surprise how much time it can take up, especially if you are working and trying to fit it in around working  hours.

There’s no doubt executors take their role seriously and obviously want to ensure that the wishes they have been entrusted with are carried out to the letter. This can be done, arguably more so, by appointing a solicitor to act on your behalf. You oversee everything but don’t have to do the leg work, whilst getting the best advice in the process. It does not mean you are not doing your job.

WE can help

At WE Solicitors LLP we help executors through the minefield, advise them of what to expect or what things that need to be done which they may not have thought of and make the process easier, especially at such an already difficult time. Many people we have acted for have felt relieved when they have passed the work over to us and feel confident in being able to tell the beneficiaries that everything is being done properly and can update them every step of the way.

If you would like a quote or you have been quoted more than this from a bank or company offering probate services then contact WE SOLICITORS to see what we would charge.

Or you can email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.com to request a copy of our free Report:

7 Things a Newly Appointed Executor Should Know Before Getting

Probate & Administering an Estate

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areas

 

Looking for a professional to act on your behalf to administer an estate can be daunting.

Where do you start?             Who do you go to?

Your first contact maybe with a bank or a funeral director such as the Co-op. They will want to direct you to their probate services. It is difficult to shop around for a service like this particularly if you do not know what is involved. Many people believe that solicitors charge the earth and that you have to go with the one who is holding the Will. It is worth getting a quote from them if you can. Sometimes this is a tricky process in itself whether from a firm, a bank or other legal services such as Co-op or Saga.

At WE Solicitors we set out our costs tailored to what needs to be done and what you want to be done. With one free initial meeting we can determine exactly what needs to be done and then give you a fixed cost for doing it. If you are happy with the quote we will then do the work. The costs are then paid from the estate. You do not pay upfront. Each estate is different but we have given an idea below on what costs you can expect from us:

We do not base our costs on the value of the estate or charge a percentage. The cost is calculated on what is involved whether it is an estate worth £50,000 or £300,000 is irrelevant.

Here are some examples to give you a clearer indication:

Estate 1 – with a Will

Estate includes:

No Property                           2-4 banks accounts with different banks

Premium Bonds                    Two beneficiaries

Estate accounts prepared                                     

  WE charges : £1,500 + VAT

 

Estate 2 – with a  Will

Estate includes:

A property to be sold / transferred            Up to 6 bank accounts with different banks

Shares                                                               Pension lump sum

2-4 beneficiaries                                             Legacies to charities

Estate accounts to be prepared

WE charges £3,500+ VAT

 

Estate 3 – without a Will

A property to be sold                        Beneficiary/ PR dispute

DWP claim                                         More thank 4 bank accounts

More than 5 beneficiaries                Tracing assets or beneficiaries

Inheritance tax

Estate accounts prepared

WE charges in region of £5,000 + VAT

 

These are approximate figures and a fixed quote would be

provided for each individual estate.

If you would like a quote or you have been quoted more than this from a bank or company offering probate services then contact WE SOLICITORS to see what we would charge.

Or you can email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.com to request a copy of our free Report:

7 Things a Newly Appointed Executor Should Know Before Getting Probate & Administering an Estate

 

 

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton

Wigan Salford and all surrounding areas

 

Many people find themselves being in the unexpected position of becoming an executor. It is not uncommon to only become aware of the appointment after the person has passed away. Even if you do know you are an executor, generally most people do not know what it means or what a responsibility it is as it is not an everyday occurrence or  topic of conversation.

This is even more so when a person has passed away without leaving a Will and there is no guidance or wishes expressed. You are almost left in the dark and have to follow the intestacy rules. In this case you may find yourself in a position where you are an administrator of the estate or one of the people who can administer the estate.

Where do you start?

Once you have the death certificate you will need to start the task of informing everybody. This will include banks and building societies, National Savings and investments, all the utility providers, pensions, the DWP, credit card providers, mortgage lenders, the list can be endless. Then of course you will have to inform the beneficiaries and open an executor’s bank account.

It can be a time consuming task and this is just the beginning. If there is a house there will be a house clearance, house insurance, securing the house and looking after it. Is it going to be sold? Then there are personal belongings to sort out.

What can you do?

It is understandable that an executor or administrator can be overwhelmed with such a big task with so many elements to it. For this reason it is common to instruct a solicitor for assistance mainly for the legal and financial aspects. A solicitor can do as much or as little of the leg work as you like and take on the responsibility whilst you oversee the process. This can all be done for a fixed cost which is agreed upfront for the work you want them to do. You still remain in charge.

WE can help

At WE Solicitors LLP we help executors through the minefield, advise them of what to expect or what things that need to be done which they may not have thought of and make the process easier, especially at such an already difficult time. Many people we have acted for have felt relieved when they have passed the work over to us and feel confident in being able to tell the beneficiaries that everything is being done properly and can update them every step of the way.

 

If you are in the process of dealing with an estate or you have become an executor and you need some advice you can contact WE SOLICITORS LLP for a free initial consultation.

Or you can email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.com to request a copy of our free Report:

 

7 Things a Newly Appointed Executor Should Know Before Getting

Probate & Administering an Estate

 

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areas

 

 

Parliament has run out of time before the snap general election to put plans in place to drastically increase the fee payable when applying for a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration.

For the time being the current fee of £215 for a personal application or £155 for solicitor made applications will remain in force. However, the proposals could be reintroduced by the next government.

Many will welcome the news especially the recently bereaved. It will take the added pressure off those currently applying for a grant in having to find the additional costs of £1,000 up to £20,000. A recent consultation saw 750 responses out of 820 objected to the plan to increase fees.

What is Probate?

A Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration (when there is no Will) is required when there is assets in the estate over a certain value usually £10,000 – £20,000 and is always needed when there is a property in the estate. The Grant is a document that is issued by the Court which gives the executor or administrator the authority to deal with the assets i.e. release funds or sell a house.  Lady of Justice

Being an executor is already a huge responsibility that many seek the assistance of a solicitor to help them with the legal process. This would have been made even harder when faced with the challenge of having to find thousands of pounds for probate fees before any funds in the estate are released.

Are you an executor?

If you are in the process of dealing with an estate or you have become an executor and you need some advice you can contact WE SOLICITORS LLP for a free initial consultation.

Or you can email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors to request a copy of our free Report:

 

7 Things a Newly Appointed Executor Should Know Before Getting

Probate & Administering an Estate

 

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan and surrounding areas.

 

The Ministry of Justice have confirmed there will be a huge increase in the fees payable to obtain a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration, subject to parliamentary approval.

Currently the fee is a flat rate of £215 for personal applications and £155 for solicitor made applications. Any additional sealed copies of the Grant are now 50p but the first additional copy is set to be £10 and 50p for all copies thereafter.

The fees hike has met with much resistance. Out of 831 respondents to the MoJ’s consultation on the charges, less than 2% were in favour.

The Law Society has said: ‘It is unfair and discriminatory to expect the bereaved to fund/subsidise other parts of the court and tribunals service. Court fees are a necessary source of funding but should not be charged over and above the cost of the specific service.’

The proposed new fees will be:

Value of estate                 Proposed fee

Up to £50,000                   £0

Between £50k-£300k       £300

Between £300k-£500k     £1,000

Between £500k-£1m         £4,000

Between £1m-£1.6m       £8,000

Between £1.6m-£2m       £12,000

More than £2m               £20,000

These fees will have to be paid before the personal representative can access the funds in the estate to pay them. Many executors will have to rely on banks paying them directly to the Probate Registry from the deceased’s account (if they agree to do this), in a similar way of the current Direct Payment Scheme for inheritance tax. However some estates which may only have a property – that can’t be sold until probate has been granted – the executor will be forced to pay the fee themselves or take out a loan for the payment.

Charities have also expressed their concern that their heavily relied upon income from legacies could be severely reduced.

If you are in the process of dealing with an estate or you have become an executor and you need some advice you can contact WE SOLICITORS LLP for a free initial consultation.

Or you can email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors to request a copy of our free Report:

7 Things a Newly Appointed Executor Should Know Before
Getting Probate & Administering an Estate

 

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areas

 

 

 

 

WE Solicitors recently completed a Will for a volunteer at Oldham Cancer Support Centre.

As a gesture of our support we waived our usual fee of £108. Our client then kindly decided to donate the fee to Oldham Cancer Support herself. This is a service we will gladly extend to anyone who is utilising the services they provide. We try to make the process of making a Will as easy as possible.

If you would like a make a Will then please contact Oldham Cancer Support Centre who can then refer you to us. Our office is nearby to the centre at Ivy Mill Crown Street Failsworth Manchester M35 9BG

Oldham Cancer Support Centre The Ena Hughes Centre Elllesmere Street Failsworth M35 9AD

Tel: 0161 770 8751  Email: oldhamcancersupportcentre@hotmail.co.uk

Oldham Cancer support

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We Solicitors can also help you with other issues. If you need advice about a Lasting Power of Attorney or you have been diagnosed with an industrial related illness such as mesothelioma or asbestosis then we can help.

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areas

 

A recent article in The Telegraph explains the amount of savings held with various banks  that will be released without the need for a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration. It also provides some useful information about how to get a Grant.

See article here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/ask-a-money-expert/can-transfer-late-fathers-savings-bonds-name-avoid-probate/

If you are in the process of dealing with an estate or you have become an executor and you need some advice you can contact WE SOLICITORS LLP for a free initial consultation.

Or you can email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors to request a copy of our free Report:

7 Things a Newly Appointed Executor Should Know Before Getting Probate & Administering an Estate

 

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areas

 

The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors have produced a very useful booklet which allows you to convey your wishes and consider what you can do to make the path in later life easier. You can use the booklet as a guide and to write down your wishes:

http://saif.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/SAIF218-Planning-for-later-life-20pp-Booklet-FINAL-DIGITAL.pdf

Planning for the end of your life

SAIF say:

“We all plan for every major life event – careers, marriage, family, pensions and retirement to name but a few. Why then, do so many of us fail to plan for the end of our life and leave so much either to chance or in the hands of our relatives who may not know our wishes? Why has only one third of the population made a will? It may be that we are afraid to plan for this inevitable event for fear that we may somehow speed its arrival. Planning for the end of our life allows us to record our wishes and choices at a time when we are mentally able to do so. With clarity, we can be sure about what we want and when we want it.”

  1. Make a will
  2. Record your funeral wishes
  3. Plan your future care and support
  4. Register as an organ donor
  5. Tell your loved ones your wishes

WE Solicitors says “This is a very good guide and starting point to plan for later life. All five valid points make perfect sense. It is particularly good if this is a difficult subject to raise with loved ones. You can complete the booklet and just let your family know that you have done it and where to find it should it  ever be needed.  This would compliment a Will and a Lasting Power of Attorney very well.”

It may seem a minefield at first but with the right advice it is likely to be easier than you think to cover these issues.

To speak to an experienced and understanding solicitor contact WE SOLICITORS LLP. We offer home visits and appointments to suit you. Some of the process can be done my email or telephone. We work around you.

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areas

 

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