Archive for May, 2016


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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A member of the WE Solicitors team, Jo-Ann Mason was honoured to have met HRH The Princess Royal when she visited Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre last month. Jo-Ann is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Centre.

The Princess is the president of the Carers Trust and campaigns for the needs of unpaid carers. Whilst at the Centre she took time to speak to everyone including staff, carers and volunteers and praised the incredible work of everyone involved.

 

 

It has been reported that Prince may not have left a Will. His sister has filed a petition in an American Probate Court stating that there is no Will. It is yet to be revealed whether a Will is in existence.

This highlights two important factors.

1.    What could happen if there is no Will?

It is a risky business not to leave a Will when there is wealth and a musical legacy on the scale of which Prince has left. There are still disputes even after 7 years surrounding Michael Jackson’s estate. However, even small estates can face similar lengthy and expensive disputes but perhaps on a less grander scale and this is becoming increasingly common. All for the sake of putting off making a Will which would take a couple of hours of time and approximately around £100 with a qualified solicitor.

An estate could go to the Crown

It is becoming even more prevalent where a person dies without any family. Jo-Ann Mason of WE Solicitors says: “In the last month alone I have been made aware of two estates where a person has passed away and not left a Will. Neither of these had any blood relatives and the estates which both included properties of a substantial value will be left to the Crown and now be in the hands of the Treasury Solicitor. In one of these cases the deceased left a partner of 30 years who was not only left devastated at the sudden death of her loved one but now also has very limited involvement in his estate and personal belongings. This has added to the grief in a huge way.

2.    If you do make a Will tell someone where it is

There are cases where a person makes a Will and then hides it away as they do not want anyone to know its contents. But a hidden Will is like having no Will at all. Occasionally it can add even more complications if an estate is distributed according to the intestacy rules only for a Will to be unearthed later down the line. This would cause considerable problems trying to revert back to what should have been according to the Will especially where money is involved.

It is worth noting that Solicitors store Wills for their clients to keep them safe and send copies to be kept with  personal papers. Jo-Ann Mason says: “When we store Wills for our clients, I always advise them to tell their executor that they have made a Will and where it is stored. No one needs to know the contents of it and I explain the consequences of not doing so. Clients can also add their will to the Certainty Will Register which was set up to alleviate this problem. More details can be found at certainty.co.uk”

It is not always as expensive as you may think to make a Will with a solicitor. You can shop around.

We Solicitors charge £90 + VAT = £108 for a single Will

and £135+ VAT = £162 for Mirror Wills.

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

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