Archive for August, 2015


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

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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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:

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?&documentID=160

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

Email: jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.com

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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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

 Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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