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.

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Over half of the public think will-writing should be regulated, YouGov research for the Law Society has shown. A survey of 1,554 adults found that 55% wanted all will-writers to be regulated while over 95% praised the services provided by solicitors.

Almost 90% of respondents who had a will drafted by a solicitor were satisfied with the process and 81% said they were happy with the quality of legal advice.

Jonathan Smithers, president of the Law Society, said: ‘It is encouraging to see that the public are beginning to recognise the importance of using a solicitor over an unregulated will writer.’

WE Solicitors says: It is important to get a Will right. Will writers are not legally qualified and whilst some may be experienced in this field there are also those that aren’t. But how would you know?  Some will writing companies are cheap but we often see clients who have made Wills in this way and they have not been up to scratch. More often than not we have had to put things right. Will writers have a tendency to charge around £30-£50 for making a Will and will then charge £100 for storage or £5 every month. (£60 every year). This adds up. It is always worth researching the costs and shopping around to see what you are actually getting for your money. Having a Will drafted by a fully qualified professional is the best route to take. After all you are protecting your assets and your family.

We solicitors llp charge £90+ VAT for a single Will and £135+ VAT for Mirror Wills.

If you would like more information about making a Will call or email

 WE SOLICITORS LLP and see how we can help you


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Has a friend or relative asked you to administer their will? If so, beware of the legal and financial liabilities you could face.

If someone has asked you to be the executor of their will, beware of biting off more than you can chew. Although being appointed executor can be a sign of the esteem in which you are held by a friend or family member, the role can be extremely challenging and carries significant – and potentially very costly – legal liability.

Recent research from Executors Insurance, a company that sells policies to protect executors against a number of issues suggests that millions of people have accepted the role of executor without fully understanding the legal and financial liabilities they could face.

The survey found that while 47% of those who had in the past executed a will found the process straightforward, 17% reported that the experience was harder than they expected, while a further 12% said it was “a complete nightmare”.

Executors Insurance estimates that around six million people have executed a will in the past, with five million currently named as executors but yet to carry out their duties. In around three-quarters of wills, family members or friends are named as executors rather than professionals such as solicitors or bank officials.

“The responsibilities of an executor are very rarely talked about,” says Executors Insurance spokesperson Guy Everington. “Your liability should anything go wrong is not only personal and unlimited, it is also joint and several. This means that if there are other executors and one of the others makes a mistake, you could be held liable. If you have money and the others don’t, any unhappy parties are likely to come after you.”

As an executor, you can be held liable for mistakes for up to 12 years rather than the six years commonly applied in contract law. The liability can be extended a further three years if minors are involved, Everington says. But his company’s research found that 43% of people thought liability ended once all payments had been made from the estate.

Everington adds that the number of cases being brought against executors appears to be increasing. Figures from the High Court in England show there were 107 claims against executors for breach of duty in 2012 but 368 in 2013.

One possible reason for the rise in the number of claims is the increasingly fragmented nature of families. “The extent of extended families, including split families and second families, is growing and that is definitely increasing exposure,” Everington says.

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WE Solicitors say:

If you are appointed as an executor of an estate, particularly where it is more complex than dealing with a few bank accounts, it is advisable to get legal advice from a solicitor who specialises in Probate as they will know the pitfalls to avoid. It is a big responsibility to take on the role without advice or help. A Solicitor can guide you through the process and has a duty to the executor and the estate – so also then the beneficiaries – to ensure the estate is dealt with correctly. It is common practice for an executor to instruct a solicitor to help with an estate as ultimately it is for the benefit of all parties involved. The beneficiaries will know the estate is being dealt with in the correct way. Any recourse will lie with the firm for both the executor and the beneficiary.

Not all solicitors’ costs are expensive. At we solicitors llp we give a fixed fee upfront and explain exactly what is included in the cost. There are no percentage charges and we can obtain the Grant of Probate from as little as £500 + VAT. We can do as little or as much as you want us to do.

We are happy to give a no obligation quote and some initial advice as to what you would need to do. You can also compare this to other firms so you can see how much we do and offer for our professional service.

If you are an executor and you would like to know more contact

 WE SOLICITORS LLP and see how we can help you


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A daughter who lost a share of her late father’s house due to errors made when using Barclays Bank’s Will Writing Service is claiming compensation from Barclays. However, Barclays refuse to accept a decision by the Financial Service Ombudsman to pay compensation and the matter has now gone to the High Court meaning a long and expensive court battle.

In his 2007 Will made by Barclays Will Writing Service the father left his half share in his valuable property to his daughter. He owned the property jointly with his second wife (not his daughter’s mother).  As the property was owned as joint tenants the property in fact passed to his wife and did not pass under his Will.

Barclays should have severed the joint tenancy to make the joint ownership as tenants in common. The father’s share would then have passed to his daughter as per the terms of his Will. The FSO has claimed that Barclays are at fault,  however they have ignored this decision.

This case highlights the concerns of using cheap will writing services that are not regulated and the damage that DIY wills can do. The majority of people using these services are not aware of the fall out they can cause. Sometimes solicitors can make mistakes but because they are regulated and insurance is compulsory there is recourse to put a mistake such as this right and compensation can be paid.

At we solicitors llp, we recently had a similar case where a Will was prepared by a Will writing company. The lady sent the Will to the company for storage (costing £5 per month) She received a letter to say the Will had been checked and signed correctly, as they sent her the Will to sign herself.  After the lady passed away her son was due to apply for probate, however we discovered that the Will was actually invalid as the executors and beneficiaries had witnessed the Will. The will writing company did not seem to be overly concerned by this and were at first reluctant to offer any compensation as the consequences were not so drastic as the case above.

The lady’s son was devastated to learn that his mother had gone to all the effort and time to put a Will in place particularly when her health was not very good that ultimately meant nothing.

Visiting a solicitor to make a Will does not always necessarily mean it will cost the earth. You can shop around for a quote and ask what is included in the service. For  example we solicitors llp charge £90 + VAT for a basic Will which can include two face to face meetings, the peace of mind that your Will is tailored to you and executed correctly. We also offer safe lifetime storage of your Will for just a one off payment of £18.

If you would like more information about making a Will call or email

 WE SOLICITORS LLP and see how we can help you


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HSBC are selling their Wills and Probate business to a company called Simplfy Channel Ltd.  All customers who have appointed HSBC as their executors will have to change their Wills to appoint new executors. HSBC will inform their customers that they can change their Will by way of a Codicil to appoint Simplify as their executors.


Important: Careful consideration should be given before appointing Simplify Channel Ltd  as your executors. You should thoroughly research the company and the cost of their service as your executor. Simplify Channel Ltd  are not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and was set up in 2012 according to Companies House. It is a subsidiary of Chorus Law Group Ltd which was once called Independent Trust Corporation.

It may appear to be the easiest option to replace HSBC with Simplify as your executor. But your circumstances may have changed and it may be that a family member or friend would be best placed to be your executor. If this is not an option you can look to appoint a solicitor who specialise only in Probate matters and regulated by the SRA. Solicitors are not a business trying to sell you products. We only act in your best interests and we follow a code of conduct that does not allow you to be taken advantage of.

If you are a HSBC Will customer and you have received their letter or if you have not yet received their letter we strongly advise you to obtain advice your solicitor.

If you are concerned or would like more information contact our expert solicitors today at we solicitors llp for advice


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Alzheimer’s  Society  say:

There are a number of financial and legal issues to consider after a diagnosis of dementia. For example, a person with dementia may be entitled to certain benefits and assistance to help manage their finances. There are also legal affairs that may need to be put in order. Some people choose to plan ahead for their future, by creating a power of attorney or writing a will for example. Many people find this empowering and reassuring. This factsheet outlines the various financial and legal issues that someone with dementia and their carer may want to consider, and explains how they can plan ahead. It also looks at sources of help and support. There is a separate section with additional information specifically for carers towards the end of the factsheet.

To download the fact sheet and for more information and support visit:

If you would like help to plan for the future or you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia you can act now to help make the process easier.

Jo-Ann Mason says:  “I have been working with a post diagnostic support group for a number of years for people who have recently been diagnosed with dementia and their carers or spouses. I have generally found that once they have put a Lasting Power of Attorney or a Will in place they feel a sense of relief that it has been done as it offers some peace of mind. I have worked with many people who have received such a diagnosis and I understand that it requires more patience and time to put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place and done in a way that is as comfortable and  as easy as possible. That is why I visit such clients in their own homes and explain LPA’s to them in a simple and easy to understand way and at their own pace. “

If you would like help to put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place please contact Jo-Ann Mason a specialist solicitor dealing with LPAs


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After the recent case of Ilot v Mitson & others it has becoming increasingly importantto consider how to make a Will. In this case a disinherited daughter was given £164,000 of her mother’s estate by the Court of Appeal. Her mother had left her £500,000 to the RSPCA, RSPB and the Blue Cross animal charities. She had not been in contact with her daughter for over 20 years. However, the court determined that no provision for her only child was unreasonable upon the fact of the case and no specific connection to the charities could be shown.


This case will be a cause for concern when making a Will and in particular if adult children are excluded. Whilst everyone has the freedom to leave their estate to whomever they wish it must be done in a manner so that those wishes are followed.

DIY or online Wills may not be sufficient. It is wise to seek legal advice when making a Will and even more so when there are complicated family issues. If you want to make a Will consult a specialist solicitor who can assess the best action to take on your own specific circumstances.

As this case shows there is a lot more to making a Will and the law behind them than as first appears.

If you would like to discuss making a Will contact WE Solicitors today. We can prepare your Will for you in the most convenient way for you whether that is by coming into the office, over the telephone, by email or skype. A basic Will costs £90+ VAT and Mirror Wills cost £135 + VAT.  #makingawill


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It was announced in the Summer Budget that there will be a family home allowance introduced in April 2017 of £100,000 per spouse on a rising scale to £175,000 in 2020.

The Government announced:

Taking the family home out of Inheritance Tax

Currently, Inheritance Tax is charged at 40% on estates over the tax-free allowance of £325,000 per person. Married couples and civil partners can pass any unused allowance on to one another.

From April 2017, each individual will be offered a family home allowance so they can pass their home on to their children or grandchildren tax-free after their death. This will be phased in from 2017-18.

The family home allowance will be added to the existing £325,000 Inheritance Tax threshold, meaning the total tax-free allowance for a surviving spouse or civil partner will be up to £1 million in 2020-21.

The allowance will be gradually withdrawn for estates worth more than £2 million.

This is good news for those who are looking at inheritance tax planning in the future.

If you would like more advice on this in connection with the preparation of your Will contact we solicitors llp now.

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Dying Matters says:

As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, we will be hosting a Twitter chat from 13.00-14.00 GMT every day from Monday 18 May to Friday 22 May. The aim of the chats is to encourage members of the public to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better. Experts will be joining us to offer their advice around each of these steps.

Use the hastag #YODO to join in. 

Twitter chat schedule:

  • Monday 18 May, 1-2pm: Writing a will
  • Tuesday 19 May, 1-2pm: Recording your funeral wishes
  • Wednesday 20 May, 1-2pm: Planning your future care and support
  • Thursday 21 May, 1-2pm: Organ donation
  • Friday 22 May, 1-2pm: Telling loved ones your wishes

If you have a question or can offer advice about any of the topics above, please join in on Twitter by using the designated hashtag #YODO.

Find out more at:

The writing a Will chat is very informative from Monday 18th May.  Lots of questions answered which may help you to think about making your own Will.

If you would like to make a Will contact Jo-Ann Mason on

0161 683 3191

or email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors .com


Carers are now allowed to visit their loved ones without being restricted to visiting hour in a London hospital. People with dementia can now have their carer visit them as the hospital has offered an open all hours approach.

This recognition for carers is a significant breakthrough for John’s Campaign. Co founder, Julie Jones states:

‘The needs of people with dementia are different. Visiting hours do not apply here – family carers are essential.

‘My mum has Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. She needs me to help her make sense of things. I wouldn’t let her go to the hairdresser alone, I’m blowed if I’m going to leave her alone in hospital without me!’

It is hoped that an open door approach for the carers of vulnerable adults across hospital settings will become the norm

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-       Living with dementia magazine April 2015


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It is a very difficult time when you are faced with death either imminently of the aftermath. If you know someone who is dealing with it or going through bereavement, these leaflets offer some helpful insight in to what you could do or expect in these circumstances.

It is not an easy subject to talk about or face but in the long run it is much better to talk about it and bring it in to the open. It is upsetting but also can be rewarding. Dying Matters aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.  has resources, information, a community and news which can help. It may just be a small step but each one helps.

WE Solicitors are a member of #Dying Matters. If you would like to discuss any issues relating to End of Life or bereavement in terms of the legal issues it can present then please contact us for a free confidential consultation. #yodo


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