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

Probate Services Court of Protection

41 million wills available to search online for the first time

The Ministry of Justice says: The government’s archive of 41 million wills dates back to 1858 and will enable people to find out more about their family histories, as well as researching the last wishes of some of the most influential people of the 19th and 20th century.

  • The Probate Service forms part of the Family Division of the High      Court. It deals with ‘non-contentious’ probate business (where there is no      dispute about the validity of a will or entitlement to take a grant), and      issues grants of representation, which are known as either:
    • Probate (when the deceased person left a       valid will and an executor is acting)
    • Letters of administration with will (when a       person has left a valid will but no executor is acting) or
    • Letters of administration (usually when there       is no valid will). The Probate Service holds all probate records issued       since it was established in 1858. It has a statutory duty to allow access       to the index of all grants issued since 1858 and provide copies of them       on payment of a statutory fee.

See more: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/41-million-wills-available-to-search-online-for-the-first-time

For a fee of £10 anyone can now obtain a copy of a Will that has been proved at the Probate Registry or obtain a copy of a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration. This will be particularly useful to those who want to know how an estate has been dealt with and whether they were a beneficiary of a loved one’s Will or not. This is especially so when there may be cause for concern or an executor is not forth coming with information. At WE Solicitors, we get a lot of enquiries from potential beneficiaries or family members asking for advice when there is a rift in the family or the executor and beneficiaries do not see eye to eye. The first port of call would be to ask the Executor for a copy of the Will, however this search provides another option and go directly and easily to the Probate Registry  to see if a Grant has been applied for or obtain a copy of the Will. Once this has been obtained it can alleviate a potential beneficiary’s concerns or allow them to consider what options they then have if they wanted to take the matter further.

To make a search go to:

https://www.gov.uk/search-will-probate

The Ministry of Justice says:  “As a result of the innovative project carried out by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and storage and information management company Iron Mountain, people will be able to connect to history from the comfort of their own home and look up the wills of people such as:

  • the mathematician Alan Turing whose life story has been told in the      film The Imitation Game
  • Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist author Charles Dickens
  • Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill
  • Peter Rabbit creator Beatrix Potter

Creating the wills archive is part of ongoing work to transform HMCTS to make it a modern, efficient, digital service which is easy for the public to access.”

At WE Solicitors LLP we can advise you as a beneficiary or an executor after obtaining a copy of a Will or a Grant, what it means to you and the options then available to you. If you cannot find a Grant it is possible that it has not yet been obtained and we can do a Standing Search on your behalf should one be applied for.

For more information contact WE Solicitors LLP, Ivy Mill Crown Street Failsworth Manchester M35 9BG

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

 

Martin Lewis has designed his six financial resolutions that if you do them now, the benefits should last throughout the year and longer.

See More: http://www.u.tv/entertainment/Martin-Lewis-New-Years-resolutions/9751387f-0b37-4893-bf04-b5dea5894c2b

No 2 on the list is:

“2…Stop putting off making a will and power of attorney. If you die will-less the ‘intestacy’ rules decide where your assets go and can mean your long-term partner gets nothing. Hollie emailed me saying: “Two years on I’m dealing with the fallout from Mum not having a will. Please get one.” So consider making a will.

The gold standard is a solicitor-drafted will. To get that for free, if your diary-keeping is good (if not just pay and do it now – better that than not doing it at all), in March there’s a small Free Wills Month scheme for those aged 55 or over. Then in November there’s the UK-wide Will Aid, though it asks you to donate to charity to get one. Also many charities have free will-drafting schemes providing you leave them a bequest. Some insurance policies and unions also offer free services. If not then Which? has a will-writing service where you do it yourself and it is looked over by a solicitor for £89.

Plus one in three aged over 65 die with dementia. If you lose your faculties, then it can be a financial nightmare, as it’s a hugely difficult and expensive process for someone to take control of your finances.

Norma Desmond says: “It’s a very long, drawn out and quite intrusive process. It’s also expensive. I just wish we’d managed to get power of attorney instead, when Dad was more capable.”

If you get a power of attorney now, it’s far easier. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you lose control; you can choose that it will only kick into place if you lose your faculties.

You can do it yourself if you’re reasonably savvy and have simple circumstances or you can get it drafted by a solicitor. The Alzheimer’s Society has useful information.”

You can get a ‘gold standard’ Will drafted by WE Solicitors LLP face to face

for just

£90+ VAT or £135 + VAT for a couple (Mirror Wills)

Lasting Powers of Attorney can be

drafted, signed and registered for £450 + VAT

(not including court registration fee)

If you would like more information on Wills or Lasting Powers of Attorney

Home visits available throughout the Manchester and Greater Manchester areas. Including Failsworth Oldham Bury Bolton Salford Wigan

Contact WE Solicitors

Don’t put off such an important issue.

Email: info@wesolicitors.com

#useaprofessional #will #lastingpowerofattorney

Telephone: 0800 294 3065

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Listen to the Podcast by Alzheimer’s Society

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/home_info.php?homepageID=374&utm_campaign=General121214&utm_content=12351041044&utm_medium=Enewsletter&utm_source=Smart%20Focus

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.

In this episode of the podcast Hannah speaks to helpline supervisor Kim about the progression of the different types of dementia.

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We Solicitors say: “Dementia is progressive. It can be difficult and emotional to accept a diagnosis but one of the best things you can do to help your family and carer to look after you or assist you to live with dementia is to ensure that you have your affairs in order for whatever may be round the corner.”

 

Making a Lasting Power of Attorney is vital. It is an important document to have in place for everyone but even more so when living with dementia.

 

Consider putting a Lasting power of attorney in place today.

For advice and assistance call we solicitors for friendly and professional approach

Competitive fixed costs – Home visits available

Email: info@wesolicitors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065

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Do not put off such an important issue

Message from Will Aid:

 

On behalf of all the Will Aid charities and the people they seek to help, thank you so much for all the work you have put into Will Aid 2014.

 

All the indications are that the campaign has gone well and we are delighted to have already received over three quarters of a million pounds in donations. So far we have received £765 from your office. We really appreciate the support you and your colleagues have given the scheme and I hope you will pass on our appreciation to everyone involved.

 

By generously giving your time to Will Aid this year you will make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in the UK and right around the world.

 

Winesi from Malawi is someone on whom Will Aid has made a big impact.  He has suffered from cataracts in both his eyes for the last twelve years and has been unable to see at all for the last two.  This has made his life so much harder, unable to work and constantly suffering injuries because of his lack of sight.   Thanks to a Sightsavers’ cataract operation, he can now see again – his life is transformed and he was able to enjoy a particularly special moment when he saw his grandson for the first time.

 

From us all at Will Aid, I do hope you have a very happy and relaxing Christmas – you’ve certainly earned it!

 

With best wishes

 

Shirley Marsland

Campaign Manger
Will Aid
shirley@willaid.org.uk
www.willaid.org.uk
Will Aid supports the work of:
ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland), Trocaire (NI)

 

We Solicitors llp. Ivy Mill Crown Street Failsworth Manchester M35 9BG

Providing fair and competitive costs for Probate and  Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Home visits available.

 

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 6833191

A short summary of the in which the 2014 Autumn Statement may affect our clients, carers and their families.

Spouses will inherit their partner’s individual saving account (ISA) benefits after death

Currently, if someone passes away they can’t pass on their ISA to their spouse, even if they have saved the money together. 150,000 people a year lose out on the tax advantages of their partner’s ISA when their partner passes away.

From 3 December 2014, if an ISA holder dies, they will be able to pass on their ISA benefits to their spouse or civil partner via an additional ISA allowance which they will be able to use from 6 April 2015.

The surviving spouse or civil partner will be allowed to invest as much into their own ISA as their spouse used to have, in addition to their normal annual ISA limit.

In England, at least £15 million will go to research in dementia,

SUPPORT FOR CARERS

  • The carer’s allowance earnings limit will increase from £102 to £110 per week from April 2015.
  • The government will extend the £2,000 annual National insurance contributions employment allowance to households that employ care and support workers. This will allow the employment of a care worker on a salary of up to £22,500 and no employer NICs are payable
  • Carers will be exempted from the impact of removing the £8,500 threshold below which employees do not pay income tax on benefit

 

These are just some of the issues that may arise when you are considering making a Will, if you are administering an estate or dealing with probate or if you are a carer or you are acting under a Lasting Power of Attorney. If you would like any advice on these or related issues contact WE Solicitors LLP Failswoth Manchester.

 

We offer home visits throughout the Manchester area. Including Failsworth Oldham Ashton under Lyne Salford Bury Bolton Wigan and all surrounding areas.

We have free parking and disabled access at our office

Email: info@wesolicitors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065

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Many websites of companies that offer probate services start off by explaining  that you can apply for probate yourself but if it is more complex or you don’t want to take on the responsibility or you don’t have the time you should consider using a probate specialist or a probate expert.

They go on to explain that you do not need a solicitor and that most probate solicitors will charge an hourly rate or a percentage of the value of the estate. They then direct you to their call centres to obtain a quote.

At we solicitors llp we charge a fair fixed fee which is determined by the work that needs to be carried out. It is agreed up front and is paid from the estate.

Here are some points to consider when choosing a probate solicitor rather than a company offering probate services:

  • Probate solicitors are fully qualified professionals
  • Solicitors are highly regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and have to be insured
  • If you were not happy about the costs or the service there is recourse with the Legal Ombudsman
  • You cannot be certain that ‘probate experts’ within companies are  legal experts
  • Solicitors do not operate call centres or have sales teams
  • Solicitors only act in your best interests and do not hard sell their services

At we solicitors you are treated as a valued individual client

Whilst you can apply for probate yourself and carry out the work yourself you should also  consider the benefits of using  we solicitors llp:

  • We provide advice and support in all aspects of probate and estate administration
  • There is no need to open an executor’s bank account
  • There is no need to attend the Probate Registry
  • There is no need to fill out forms
  • Direct contact with your appointed probate solicitor
  • No hidden charges and an agreed fixed cost up front

For a free initial consultation:

 Email: info@wesolicitors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 684 3722

We Solicitors LLP Ivy Mill Crown St, Failsworth Manchester M35 9BG

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

Top reasons to make a Will with a Wills and Probate Solicitor:

  1. If you have remarried after your first spouse passed away and now the house you live in is in your sole name – Who do you want to leave your house to? If you have a second wife or husband you may want them to continue to live in your house but you ultimately want it to go to your children. – This can easily be achieved in your Will

 2.If you own everything with your second spouse but you have children from your first marriage, do you want everything to go to your spouse or do you want to leave something to your children? For example your half share of your house? – This can easily be done in your Will.

3.If you own everything equally with your spouse and they have children from a first marriage would you want everything you own to go to them? If you passed away first everything would go to your spouse. If they passed away everything would then go to his/her children. This means that if you have your own children they would receive nothing. The only way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is to make a Will.

 4.Also remember that if you do get married or remarry then any Will you made before you got married is now invalid and everything would go to your spouse and then on to his or her children / heirs. You can make provision for all your loved ones.

5. You can protect your spouse and your children and make sure your wishes are carried out. It may seem complicated but by discussing what you want to do with a qualified expert solicitor it will make the process much easier than you may think.

To ensure that your family get your assets you have to make a Will.

To ensure the person you want to deal with everything when you die you have to make a Will to appoint an executor.

Make an appointment We Solicitors at our Failsworth office, Manchester

Do not put off such an important issue.

Email: info@wesolicitors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065

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Compassion in Dying have released an informative guide:  Planning Ahead: Making Choices for the End-of-Life’

Available to read online or to print off:

http://www.compassionindying.org.uk/sites/default/files/CiD_PlanningAhead%20low%20res.pdf?utm_source=Dignity+in+Dying+Newsletter&utm_campaign=673966c7fd-CiD_Planning_Ahead_launch11_21_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_95c2433a47-673966c7fd-59092753

This is a guide for everyone. We all need to be aware of the choices we have and be able to put them in place at any time. It gives helpful information on Advance Directives and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

It will be helpful to carers who want to assist a loved one to put heir wishes in place.

If you would like any further information or help to put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place please contact us. We offer home visits for Lasting Powers of Attorney in the Manchester area including Failsworth, Oldham, Ashton Under Lyne, Bury, Bolton and Salford and other surrounding areas

 Don’t leave it too late to sort an important issue.

Email: info@wesolicitors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065

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Here are 3 TOP REASONS why you should not  put it off until the New Year

  1. Statistics show that more people die in winter than in summer. The most winter deaths occur in the UK and there are more in the North West than anywhere else.
  2. Making a new year’s resolution to make a Will is just putting it off and may be something you never then get round to doing. More British people die in the first full week of the year than at any other time

See more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25680933 The mystery of the most fatal week of the year

  1. To make your Will now will give you peace of mind and one less thing to worry about over the Christmas period. Once it is done you can forget about it and concentrate on the festivities and more exciting New Year’s resolutions! You can get it off your list of things to do.

NOW is the best time to make your Will.

       Do not put off such an important issue.

Email: info@wesolicitors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065

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Speaking at the Law Society’s Private Client Section elderly care conference, Esther Rantzen has urged solicitors to be mindful of clients who may be living with loneliness and to think about putting them in touch with The Silver Line. The Silver Line is a 24/7 friendship, information and advice line.

Esther Rantzen said: ‘Since November 2013, we’ve taken 230,000 calls and the biggest problem people bring to us is loneliness. Loneliness is all about loss – of a partner, job, a sense, driving licence, mobility or neighbourhood. It can erode self-confidence: you think you are alone because nobody wants you. ‘Solicitors are in a unique position to help older clients. Elderly clients see solicitors as a trusted friend – someone they can ask advice from. It may be that your elderly client comes to you just for the opportunity of having someone they know and like to talk to. All I ask is that you mention they may like to try The Silver Line and see what they think.’ – See more at: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/esther-urges-solicitors-to-recommend-the-silver-line-helpline-for-older-

The Silver Line offers a befriending service either by telephone or by letter from people who like to engage with the older generation. There are also Silver Circles and Silver Line Forums

For more information go to http://www.thesilverline.org.uk/what-we-do/

It is important to receive the support you need particularly if you are living alone. It may be difficult to ask for and know where to get it. The Silver Line makes it easier. It may also be a means of obtaining advice on to put your affairs in order such as a Will or a Lasting Power of Attorney.

At We Solicitors LLP we understand that it can be hard to know where to get advice. We see many clients of the Silver Generation and we understand that it can be daunting to think about making a Will or a Lasting Power of Attorney. We offer home visits throughout the Manchester and Greater Manchester area including Oldham Failsworth Manchester Bolton and Wigan. We like to help our clients in whatever way we can.

If you would like to talk about making a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney contact we solicitors llp

Do not put off such an important issue.

Email: info@wesolicitors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065

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