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Disputing a Will or Contesting Probate

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It can be challenging enough dealing with the financial affairs and final wishes of a loved one after their death. This process, known as probate, is made far more difficult when it is contested.

Contested probate is any dispute relating to the administration or distribution of a deceased person’s estate. This could be a dispute over the validity of a will or part of a Will, interpretation of specific clauses in the Will or even making a claim to obtain a share of a deceased person’s estate when the Will does not provide for this.

Contested probate matters may also include dealing with difficult executors or feuding beneficiaries.

Pearcelegal offer a free consultation to help you understand the best way of moving forwards if you are faced with a disputed probate situation.

Fill in the form below or call to speak to one of our Solicitors on 0121 270 2700 to arrange a no obligation session. 

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Free Separation and Divorce Consultation

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If you are looking to take the difficult decision to separate from your partner or divorce your spouse, you should take legal advice at the earliest possible stage so that you are prepared for what lies ahead.

Whilst there is a huge range of information available on the internet, it is important that you take tailored advice, particularly when dealing with division of finances, where each case will have a different outcome.

We offer a free initial consultation to take you through the issues that may arise, explain the Divorce or separation process, offer advice on any issues that may involve the children, and look at the finances and how they are likely to be divided , given the differing needs of the parties and the children.

If you would like to book an initial consultation at our offices in the centre of Solihull, please call us now on 0121 270 2700 or fill in our enquiry form by clicking here.

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Rachel Ison Qualifies as a Solicitor into our Private Client Department

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We are delighted to announce that Rachel Ison has now completed her training contract and has qualified as a Solicitor, specialising in Private Client matters including Will writing, Probate and Tax Planning.

After joining us in 2016, initially as an administrative assistant, Rachel started her training contract, experiencing all aspects of the firm including conveyancing, litigation and family work before deciding to specialise in private client matters.

Rachel joins Graham Pearce and Hayley Palmer in our experienced team to provide advice and support tailored to the particular needs of each matter.

If you would like to discuss preparing a new Will, need help with probate or would like to review any tax planning requirements, please contact Rachel on 0121 347 6214 to arrange a free initial consultation.

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Join our team in 2019

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We are looking for an experienced residential and commercial conveyancer to join our busy Property Team to take on our existing flows of work as well as bringing in new business.  If you are looking for a new challenge in 2019, click on our Careers page for more information on how to apply – https://pearcelegal.co.uk/careers/ 

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HS2 Homeowner Payment Scheme

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The Homeowner Payment Scheme is for eligible property owners living near the planned HS2 route in rural areas. Those who are eligible will receive £7,500, £15,000 or £22,500 depending upon the distance from the HS2 route. If you have received an in-principle acceptance from the Government that you are eligible for payment under the discretionary scheme, then you will require a Solicitor to act on your behalf before you can receive any payment.

Have you received notice that the planned HS2 line will impact upon your property and that you are entitled to a payment under the HS2 Homeowner Payment Scheme? ? If so, we can assist you with the formalities to ensure that your payment is received as soon as possible and in most cases we will limit our fees to that which you are entitled to recover from the Government.

For further details, please call 0121 270 2700 and ask to speak with a member of the Litigation Department.

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Higher rates of Stamp Duty on purchases of additional residential properties from 1 April 2016

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From 1 April 2016, there will be higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) payable on purchases of additional residential properties. This means that if you are purchasing a holiday home by the coast, a second home or you are Landlord snapping up ‘Buy to Let’ properties, from 1 April 2016 you will have to pay a higher rate of Stamp Duty at 3% above the current SDLT rates. To put this into perspective, a purchase at £150,000 completed prior to 1 April 2016 will attract Stamp Duty of £500 but a purchase at £150,000 completed post 1 April 2016, will see Stamp Duty payable at £5,000. Remember though, the higher rates of Stamp Duty are only applicable if you a buying a property in addition to your main residence, so if you are just replacing your main home (which is being sold), the higher rates will not apply to you. If the property you are purchasing is intended to replace your main residence but it has not yet been sold, the transaction will be subject to the higher Stamp Duty rates but a refund is available to you if you sell your previous main residence within 18 months. Whatever your situation, Pearcelegal can advise you appropriately and assist you with your purchase and Stamp Duty formalities in a friendly, timely and professional manner.

 

 

 

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