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Thinking about the future? Do you need to make or review your Will?

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These unprecedented times are forcing us all to think about the future and what could happen.   We can help you to ensure that you are looking after your affairs and protecting your loved ones by making a Will.  However, we also understand that money is a big consideration for lots of people during this time of uncertainty.

That’s why we are reducing the price of our Wills by £90.  From today until the end of April 2020 we are offering single simple Wills for £120 and Husband and Wife mirror Wills for £210.  for more complex assets and tax planning, we can provide a bespoke quotation so you are aware of the costs before undertaking any work.

Our office is still open to clients but we understand that you may not want to or can’t venture outside at the moment if you are self-isolating, so we are offering telephone and video call appointments to discuss your needs and take instructions.  We can discuss how to validly sign the Will and can store the Will for free in our fireproof safe.

Call us now on 0121 270 2700 to book or fill in our contact form below and one of our Solicitors will be in touch.

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    Need to Make a Will? Pearcelegal offers Flexible Meeting Options to give you certainty in these challenging times.

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    We are all facing a huge amount of uncertainty as the Country is struggling to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak.

    This has left many people questioning what provisions they have made in the event of their passing.  

    It should not just be at times of crisis that people consider what they want to happen to their assets in the future, this is something that everyone should think about to ensure their wishes are carried out and to avoid uncertainty and potential conflict for their families.

    Pearcelegal can help you prepare a new Will and in doing so, consider any tax implications and other lifetime planning options so that you can be sure that those who you would want to benefit after your death, do benefit.

    We understand the concerns for many of our clients about making unnecessary trips at the moment and can offer to come out to their homes to provide advice and take instructions.  We can even offer Skype meetings so that our clients can have a ‘face to face’ meeting with our team to ensure that we continue to deliver a personal and dedicated service.

    If further social distancing measures are introduced by the Government, then our team are equipped to work remotely with full access to our case management systems, emails and telephone systems.

    If you would like to discuss your requirements with one of our Solicitors and choose one of our flexible meeting options, call us today on 0121 270 2700 or email us at info@pearcelegal.co.uk 

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    New Year Resolution #01: Make a Will

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    Rachel Ison, a Solicitor in Pearcelegal’s Private Client department explains why making a Will should be one of your New Year’s Resolutions.

    We all like to make New Year Resolutions whether they be saving money, getting fit or losing some Christmas weight although, let’s face it, most of these promises don’t last longer than a few weeks!

    One promise you can keep that is inexpensive and will last a lot longer than a fad diet is to make a Will. Everyone should have one but it’s just something we never get around to doing, so make it one of your resolutions for 2020.

    Why do I need to make a Will?

    Staggeringly, a 2018 Which survey showed that 54% of UK adults still don’t have a Will. Making a Will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are followed regarding funeral plans, what happens to your money and property and who has guardianship of your children if they are under 18 when you die. You can choose who you would like to inherit your money and assets and make specific bequests and donations to family members or charities.

    What happens to my money if I don’t make a Will?

    If you die without making a Will you are deemed to have died intestate. Your money and property would be divided up under the Rules of Intestacy whereby family members who would benefit are put in a strict order. This means that your estate could be distributed in a way that you would not have chosen.  There may also be tax implications that could have been avoided through a considered and properly drafted Will.

    To arrange an initial appointment with Rachel, please contact her on 0121 347 6214 or email her at rachelison@pearcelegal.co.uk.

    If you book an appointment during January 2020 you will be able to take advantage of our discounted rates – see our offer here.

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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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      Survey shows unwillingness to make will persists in UK culture

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      The American comedian Woody Allen once said: “I’m not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

      It appears from a new survey about making Wills that this is a mind-set shared with many here in the UK, who want to put off facing their own mortality as long as possible.

      The research carried out by Remember a Charity, a body encouraging charitable donations in Wills, has found out that the average Briton waits until his or her 70s before facing their mortality.

      To be precise 72 is the average age that most people finally get around to drawing up a document that has a huge impact on those left behind.

      To add to this one in five people over the age of 50 are yet to discuss their Will with their family or friends, with men more reticent to bring up the topic than women, according to the findings.

      We cannot say that these statistics particularly surprise us as professionals who draw up Wills, but what it does highlight is just how fine some people cut it, when the average man in the UK lives to 77 and woman 81.

      It is fair to say this reluctance to face mortality is why so many people die each year intestate, which means without a Will.

      Only a third of people make a Will before they die, despite the need for Wills being greater than ever.

      The issue is two-fold, first making a Will is seldom urgent and therefore tends to be put off, and secondly there is reluctance by many people to face the uncomfortable fact that they are not going to be here for ever.

      Many thousands across the region pass away without a Will and where that happens there are strict rules dating back to 1925, when family structures were less complicated than today.

      The problem is that the world is very different now. It is common these days for couples to live together and perhaps have children without marrying. There may be offspring from other relationships too and perhaps one of the parties may even still be legally married to someone else. It’s very complex.

      We need people to help their loved ones at what will be one of the most traumatic times in their lives as the last thing loved ones need when they are grieving is a family falling out.

      It is easy to do, and there is really not any excuse for not doing it. For the good of your family it really makes sense to do it as soon as possible, thereby putting a lot of loved ones minds at ease.

      Anyone wishing to find out more about Wills should contact us at Pearcelegal.

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