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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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

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Solicitors for the Elderly have compiled a report following a study:

The Real Cost of DIY LPAs’: What are the risks of using a DIY kit

and why should you seek expert advice?

 This report outlines the results of our study into the various methods of creating an LPA. During the study, we compared participants’ experiences of using a DIY method (either an off-the-shelf kit or the OPG online service) with their experiences of using a specialist solicitor. The study also assessed the legal robustness of the LPAs created using a DIY approach.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE:

http://www.sfe.legal/pdfs/the-hidden-cost-of-diy-lpas.pdf

A Participant in the study says:

“I don’t think that it was possible to give these questions enough thought when filling in a form online, and I had serious concerns about making any decisions without discussing them with a solicitor first.”

Solicitors for the Elderly comment: “The participants in our study all agreed that they would not feel comfortable submitting an application made using a DIY method without first discussing it with a solicitor. After receiving a consultation with a specialist solicitor, all participants said they felt more confident about their ability to make informed and appropriate choices, and most of them made significant changes to the decisions expressed in their LPAs.”

“The perceived benefit of using a ‘DIY’ method over using a solicitor is primarily financial, as the DIY methods are cheaper in the short-term. However, SFE is concerned that by encouraging people to create ‘bargain-bucket’ LPAs without taking specialist legal advice, the OPG is potentially exposing them to unacceptable levels of risk and in doing so may be compromising its ability to safeguard those who are most vulnerable.”

 

Jo-Ann Mason of We solicitors says: “It may appear that making an LPA online is the easiest and cheapest option but it is not always the best option. It is a legal document giving significant power to another and should not be done without careful consideration and advice. A solicitor can make the whole process less stressful and much easier to understand. I visit my clients in their own homes and try to make the experience as comfortable as possible when making such decisions.”

If you would like further information on Lasting Powers of Attorney then Call WE Solicitors today and speak to our expert.

Email: jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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At WE Solicitors, Jo-Ann Mason has met with two clients in the last week who live with their partners. Without a Will their wishes would NOT be met. The outcome would have been far different for their long term partners:

Mr A owns his owns his own house and recently moved in with his partner Ms V. she owns her own house. Whilst they are living together Mr A wanted to ensure his house went to his two sons (from his previous marriage) but that anything else he had was to go to Ms V as she was looking after him and providing his care.  He appointed his brother as an executor as he had some experience of dealing with their parent’s estates and felt he would be best to do that.

Without a Will the law says Mr A’s estate would go to his nearest blood relatives. This would be his two sons and they would be appointed as the administrators. They would not have the authority to deal with anything until they got a grant of Letters of Administration. Ms V would be entitled to absolutely nothing.

Mr C lives with his long term partner. They never got round to getting married. Mr C is terminally ill. They don’t have a lot in the way of assets but Mr C wants to make sure that whatever he does has goes to his partner Miss K. Mr C has three children. He has not seen them for years. They are a very private couple and they were particularly concerned that the children were not to come to the house and take belongings or try to take over. Mr C left everything he has to Miss K in his Will. He also did a Letter of Wishes to explain his intentions regarding his children and also his funeral wishes.

Without a Will the law says everything would have gone to his three children with whom he no longer has contact and he was very clear he did not want them involved in any aspect after he passed away. They would be entitled to his estate and his personal belongings and bank accounts would belong to his children. This is not what he wants and it is not the sort of situation he wants to leave his partner in when he has gone and she is left to deal with this on her own. He has made a Will to ensure this does not happen.

Making A Will ensures your wishes are in place. Don’t leave your partner in a very vulnerable position at an already extremely difficult time. You can ensure all your family are looked after. There are various options available that you may not be aware of to ensure you have protected your partner and your children.

If you would like further information on any of these issues and would like some free initial advice then Call WE Solicitors today and speak to our expert.

Email: jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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Business man working at office with laptop and documents on his desk consultant lawyer concept

“Solicitors, not accountants, are best at delivering uncontested probate”

Here, Sally Harlow, a solicitor specialising in probate at law firm Boodle Hatfield responds, by saying there is a very good reason why lawyers remain the first choice for probate work:

LAWYERS HAVE BEEN at the heart of probate work for centuries.  It is not just because they may have drafted and stored a will, but because even the simplest estate may require additional legal documentation to be drafted and ongoing legal advice.  Probate is much more than a financial exercise.

For more see:

https://www.accountancyage.com/2016/11/09/solicitors-not-accountants-are-best-at-delivering-uncontested-probate/

WE Solicitors says: There is far more to probate and administering an estate than collecting in assets and distributing them. . You are dealing with a person’s life, with a person’s family and understanding their background. It is usually like unravelling a story and no two are the same. However, there are aspects of an estate that probate solicitors are all too familiar with and have vast experience of . Things like handling family conflicts or acting as a go between, understanding that grief and money rarely mix and knowing how to keep the estate moving as peacefully as possible. These things are not in text books or legislation and would be particularly difficult for any new comers to the probate market to instantly pick up.  Solicitors gain their skills from experience and from the knowledge of expert solicitors before them.

Dealing with an estate whether complex or straightforward is a skill which is often taken on lightly. To a family member appointed as an executor it can be a daunting task and it is no doubt time consuming. That is why we are here to help and assist in the process as much or as little as the executor would like.

We do all this n a fixed fee so there are no unexpected costs for the estate. Our goal is always to give straightforward legal advice.

If you are an executor or you would like advice on dealing with an estate please contact us for an initial chat to point you in the right direction.

If you would like a copy of our report below on probate please email:

jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.com to request a free copy.

 7 things a newly appointed executor should know before

getting probate and administering an estate

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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More than half of all adults in the UK have not made a Will. If you have children it is especially important to have a Will in place. Every parent wants their child to be safely looked after and protected. To think of not being here to look after your children is far from a pleasant thought. But it is better to be safe in the knowledge that if the worst happens you have done what you can to protect them and ensure they are looked after rather than leaving it to chance.

You can put your wishes in place for their future. This cannot be done without a Will.

The points to consider include:

  • Who would be their guardian?
  • What age would they inherit 18, 21, 25 or older ?
  • Who would you appoint as Trustees to look after their inheritance until they get to the specific age?
  • Could they have access to funds prior to the age i.e. for education or maintenance?
  • What if you have step children or children from a first and second marriage?
  • Would your partner / spouse want something different?
  • What if you own a property?
  • Where would your children live?

These are not questions to be left unanswered no matter how hard they are to think about. Once a Will is on place then you would not have to think about them.

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

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remember a charitySolicitors are being urged to raise awareness of legacy giving and help ensure that their clients are informed of all the options available to them.

With the latest estimate indicating that charitable donations are worth almost £2.5 billion to UK charities, the legal profession is playing an increasingly important role in boosting vital funding to good causes.

These gifts are the lifeblood of many of the nation’s favourite charities, helping to fund cancer research, new hospital equipment, life-saving vaccines, guide dogs and much more.

Yet, as it stands, there is a disconnect between people’s appetites for legacy giving and behaviour. Our research shows that while over a third (35 per cent) say they’d be happy to leave a gift in their will, only 6.3 per cent of people actually do.

To address this challenge, more than 1,000 legal firms are now part of a growing movement that aims to ensure that their clients have the option of taking care of their favourite charities, once they have provided for their family and friends.

What will you leave behind?

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/blog/what-will-you-leave-behind/

WE Solicitors have signed up to the Remember a Charity Week. If you would like to make a Will this week and leave a legacy to a charity – no matter how big or small you can benefit from a reduced rate of just £65.

Contact us today to discuss your Will. You can speak to a qualified solicitor to make an appointment or have an informal chat about your requirements.

 

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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Three daughters have been removed as the executors of their mother’s estate and have been replaced by an independent solicitor.

In an expensive and lengthy court case a grandmother, who died in 2012, had appointed her three daughters as the executors of her estate worth £466,000. She had left legacies to her grandchildren and the rest of the estate to be divided equally amongst her children. The judge said “The reality is that the three cannot work together.”

We Solicitors says: “It is very important when choosing executors that you are as confident as you can be that they will get along and be able to act together and make decisions together. If there is even a small possibility that they won’t then it is wise to appoint someone else or even someone neutral who is not going to benefit from the estate.

This is a very common situation, especially when a person wants to appoint all of their children for the simple reason they do not want to leave any one of them out. Appointing an executor is one of the most important aspects of a Will and should be done objectively. It should not be a decision based on hurt feelings or ‘letting them fight it out between themselves.’ This is when a dispute will arise and an estate can easily come to a standstill for years.”

When appointing an executor it is advisable to choose the right person for the job and the most trustworthy and capable person. If it is too difficult to choose that person then a solicitor is the next most logical choice as the costs of a professional administering an estate will be far less expensive than a lengthy dispute which will almost certainly cost the estate as well as the beneficiaries.

To make a Will or to discuss the appointment of executors and the options available contact WE SOLICITORS LLP

Email: jo-ann.mason@wesolicotors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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Making a Will is important and added to ‘putting your affairs in order’ list you should also consider a Living Will.

This is an Advance Statement or an Advance Decision

Advance Statement – a statement to allow you to express you preferences and wishes regarding your care to those providing the care.

Advance Decision – a legally binding document relating to your preferences regarding specific illnesses and conditions. In the absence of an Advance Decision ( or LPA) healthcare professionals make decisions on your behalf if you are not able to.

My Living Will website:

mylivingwill.org.uk is a non profit organisation which allows you to make an Advance Statement or Advance Decision online. The website has been set up with the help of healthcare professionals and legal experts and has been approved by a senior member of the OPG.

The cost to make both an Advance Statement and Advance Decision is just £10

Lasting Power of Attorney

It is an equally important document to have but should also be consider and viewed alongside an Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare and how they will affect each other.

An LPA for Health and Welfare covers many aspects of care and allows you to appoint a person to make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to do so. It covers a broader range of circumstances and you effectively have a person who can fight your corner when needed.

If you would like advice on this issue or an informal chat about the options available to you please call WE Solicitors and speak to our expert solicitor

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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For Dying Matters Awareness Week the Law Society have issued the following statements to highlight important issues in connection with Dying Matters

Why putting your will at the top of your to-do list is so important

If you forget to make a will, when you die you could leave a sea of problems for your already bereaved family and friends, the Law Society warned today.

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/why-putting-your-will-top-of-your-to-do-list-is-so-important/

Plan for the future with lasting power of attorney

People are living longer so it is vitally important we plan ahead – not just for our own care, but we should also help our parents plan as well. Lasting powers of attorney enable you to choose to give someone you trust the power to act on your behalf in situations which you have identified.

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/plan-for-the-future-with-lasting-power-of-attorney/

Online accounts, photos, music, emails – what happens to your digital assets after your death?

Dying Matters Awareness Week encourages people to think about the things they leave behind, but what about your digital assets, such as online accounts and digital media?

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/what-happens-to-your-digital-assets-after-death/

If you would like further information on any of these issues and would like some free initial advice then Call WE Solicitors today and speak to our expert.

Email: jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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 Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre see a significant increase in enquiries

following the visit by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal

Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre is commissioned by Wigan Council to undertake Carers Assessments and the centre has seen a significant increase in enquiries and registrations since the visit of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal earlier this month.

 

Mrs Pauline Gregson, Chief Executive of Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre, said that the visit put a spotlight on the centre and raised awareness of the right of carers to an assessment independent of those who they care for. She said “the visit of Her Royal Highness was a tremendous boost for us all. The Princess has devoted so much time and energy to championing the cause of unpaid carers and we are delighted that more carers are becoming aware of their rights and are looking for the support that is available to them.”

 

The visit coincided with the 18 month anniversary of a “Prepared to Care” project funded by the Lottery to deliver benefit and debt advice, advocacy support and training. Welfare and Debt Advisor, Brian Fletcher, was one of the team delivering the project who met The Princess.  Since the project started benefit uptake has been £1.25m and £500,000 of debt has been written off or re-assigned.   Over 470 hours of training has been delivered in subjects from stress busting, moving & handling and medication to IT awareness and arts and crafts. 2,300 carers have benefited from the project.

If you would like more information or would like to know what options are available to you for example with a Lasting Power of Attorney or a Will call WE Solicitors LLP for an initial consultation or make an appointment with our expert advisor today.

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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