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Dementia Friends have released this interesting article which is useful to consider when talking to someone with dementia. Definitely worth a read:

https://blog.alzheimers.org.uk/dementia-insight/language-dementia-what-not-to-say/?utm_campaign=September+2017+Newsletter&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=

#dementiafriends #dementiafriendly

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.

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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Writing a Will is one of the most important things you will ever do. It is a common myth that you have to be wealthy to leave a gist in your Will to help a charity, but nothing could be further from the truth. After taking care of family and friends, you too can do something legendary by including a charity in your Wil

remember a charity

Jo-Ann Mason of We Solicitors says: ‘It is very worthwhile leaving a legacy in your Will. Many people give to charity in their lifetime even small amounts and the same can be done in a Will. As a solicitor and a Trustee of a charity – Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre – I see first hand how vital legacies can be and what a big impact they really do have. You may help one person change their life for the better. A legacy of £100 or even £50 for example would make a huge difference’ #HaveYourSay

We Solicitors can help you to put your Will in place for just £90 + VAT for a basic Will. It is probably not as hard as you may think to do it.

Act now by contacting us:

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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remember a charity

Every year, more and more people like to leave a gift to charity in their Will. These legendary acts are a vital source of income for our favourite causes and are instrumental in enabling them to continue their work.

When writing your Will or thinking what to include in it here are some points to consider:

  • After looking after family and friends, please give a thought to your favourite charity when thinking about your will
  • You can use your will to look after everything that’s important to you, including charitable causes
  • A gift to charity in your will does not have to mean large amounts of money. A small gift can make a very real difference.

   We Solicitors can help you to put your Will in place for just £90 + VAT for a basic Will. It is probably not as hard as you may think to do it.

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.ukHome visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areasTelephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191Act now by contacting us: #HaveYourSay

 

Parliament has run out of time before the snap general election to put plans in place to drastically increase the fee payable when applying for a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration.

For the time being the current fee of £215 for a personal application or £155 for solicitor made applications will remain in force. However, the proposals could be reintroduced by the next government.

Many will welcome the news especially the recently bereaved. It will take the added pressure off those currently applying for a grant in having to find the additional costs of £1,000 up to £20,000. A recent consultation saw 750 responses out of 820 objected to the plan to increase fees.

What is Probate?

A Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration (when there is no Will) is required when there is assets in the estate over a certain value usually £10,000 – £20,000 and is always needed when there is a property in the estate. The Grant is a document that is issued by the Court which gives the executor or administrator the authority to deal with the assets i.e. release funds or sell a house.  Lady of Justice

Being an executor is already a huge responsibility that many seek the assistance of a solicitor to help them with the legal process. This would have been made even harder when faced with the challenge of having to find thousands of pounds for probate fees before any funds in the estate are released.

Are you an executor?

If you are in the process of dealing with an estate or you have become an executor and you need some advice you can contact WE SOLICITORS LLP for a free initial consultation.

Or you can email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors to request a copy of our free Report:

 

7 Things a Newly Appointed Executor Should Know Before Getting

Probate & Administering an Estate

 

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 and surrounding areas.

 

The Ministry of Justice have confirmed there will be a huge increase in the fees payable to obtain a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration, subject to parliamentary approval.

Currently the fee is a flat rate of £215 for personal applications and £155 for solicitor made applications. Any additional sealed copies of the Grant are now 50p but the first additional copy is set to be £10 and 50p for all copies thereafter.

The fees hike has met with much resistance. Out of 831 respondents to the MoJ’s consultation on the charges, less than 2% were in favour.

The Law Society has said: ‘It is unfair and discriminatory to expect the bereaved to fund/subsidise other parts of the court and tribunals service. Court fees are a necessary source of funding but should not be charged over and above the cost of the specific service.’

The proposed new fees will be:

Value of estate                 Proposed fee

Up to £50,000                   £0

Between £50k-£300k       £300

Between £300k-£500k     £1,000

Between £500k-£1m         £4,000

Between £1m-£1.6m       £8,000

Between £1.6m-£2m       £12,000

More than £2m               £20,000

These fees will have to be paid before the personal representative can access the funds in the estate to pay them. Many executors will have to rely on banks paying them directly to the Probate Registry from the deceased’s account (if they agree to do this), in a similar way of the current Direct Payment Scheme for inheritance tax. However some estates which may only have a property – that can’t be sold until probate has been granted – the executor will be forced to pay the fee themselves or take out a loan for the payment.

Charities have also expressed their concern that their heavily relied upon income from legacies could be severely reduced.

If you are in the process of dealing with an estate or you have become an executor and you need some advice you can contact WE SOLICITORS LLP for a free initial consultation.

Or you can email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors to request a copy of our free Report:

7 Things a Newly Appointed Executor Should Know Before
Getting Probate & Administering an Estate

 

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

 

 

 

 

WE Solicitors recently completed a Will for a volunteer at Oldham Cancer Support Centre.

As a gesture of our support we waived our usual fee of £108. Our client then kindly decided to donate the fee to Oldham Cancer Support herself. This is a service we will gladly extend to anyone who is utilising the services they provide. We try to make the process of making a Will as easy as possible.

If you would like a make a Will then please contact Oldham Cancer Support Centre who can then refer you to us. Our office is nearby to the centre at Ivy Mill Crown Street Failsworth Manchester M35 9BG

Oldham Cancer Support Centre The Ena Hughes Centre Elllesmere Street Failsworth M35 9AD

Tel: 0161 770 8751  Email: oldhamcancersupportcentre@hotmail.co.uk

Oldham Cancer support

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We Solicitors can also help you with other issues. If you need advice about a Lasting Power of Attorney or you have been diagnosed with an industrial related illness such as mesothelioma or asbestosis then we can help.

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

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A recent article in The Telegraph explains the amount of savings held with various banks  that will be released without the need for a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration. It also provides some useful information about how to get a Grant.

See article here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/ask-a-money-expert/can-transfer-late-fathers-savings-bonds-name-avoid-probate/

If you are in the process of dealing with an estate or you have become an executor and you need some advice you can contact WE SOLICITORS LLP for a free initial consultation.

Or you can email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors to request a copy of our free Report:

7 Things a Newly Appointed Executor Should Know Before Getting Probate & Administering an Estate

 

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

 

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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“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

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

 

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

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