Archive for December, 2014


Listen to the Podcast by Alzheimer’s Society

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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

TODAY

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

TODAY

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