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13Sep/19Off

Legal Services in Walton

When hard times fall on your families fortune and the sad day comes knocking, its reassuring to know that you and your family have another family to turn to. Lodge Brother Legal Services is part of the Lodge Brothers Funeral Director’s family and their reputation is one of steadfast professional and caring services when you need it most. Sometimes, life can hand you the unexpected. Perhaps you have had time to plan ahead and perhaps you have not been afforded the luxury of time. Lodge Brothers Legal Services will help you no matter what the circumstances of your family are.

Being prepared ahead of time is always recommended when it comes to planning for the end of your life and how you would like to leave your legacy for your family. Stats regarding the numbers of individuals, who have not prepared a Will or probate Walton before their passing, are staggering and frightening to think about when you know what is involved when life ends. Lodge Brothers Legal Services offers a package of specialised services which include Probate West Byfleet, wills and Lasting powers of attorney.

Lodge Brothers legal services provide a one of kind service in that for the first time a company of lawyers and attorneys such as this is offering standardised pricing schemes to match your needs no matter what situation you find yourself. Inspired by the ability to provide service first and foremost, they never fail to meet the needs of their clients. With three separate and specialised probate Weybridge  packages to choose from, starting at Bronze, followed by Silver and then the ultimate Gold packages, clients are guaranteed to find an option suitable for their lifestyle. The packages are carefully priced with the goals of meeting the financial standards of all their clients. Similarly, Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney documents can be drawn up at a fixed and affordable price which agreed to in advance, eliminating any additional and unexpected financial surprised when the time comes. Years of experience has equipped the company with the innate understanding of your family’s legal needs and are ready to assist you with any questions or queries that you have regarding these advantageous legal services.

Life is for the living so why not take care of business so that you can get to what you love doing best with your families and loved ones. Just the peace of mind that you will have knowing that your affairs are in order, will be one less stressful thing that you need to think about. It's highly recommended to get your estate in order to avoid additional complications. Being prepared means that your estate is dealt with exactly how you would like it to be and that nothing is left to the chance or stale legal process to determine how and to who your estate will be passed. Have it handled by those in the know so that your family does not need to go searching for answers and help with the time comes?

6Sep/19Off

Time to say goodbye in style

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The passing of a loved one can have a devastating effect on those left behind, especially when the passing is unexpected. Even when the loss is somewhat expected, resulting from a long-term or prolonged illness or disability, nothing can really prepare someone for the day when they receive “that” call.

Sometimes, families have the chance to be with their loved ones at the moment of passing, which can leave them with a sense of peace after the event, knowing that they were by their side in their last moments. However, not everyone is able to experience the last moments with their loved ones and see them pass peacefully on. No matter how it happens, nothing quite prepares a person for the finality of the event.

How and when this happens is not something that anyone is able to ultimately control however what we do have control over is how we chose to remember our loved ones and how we say farewell to them. Everyone is an individual, and when starting to arrange a funeral, there is no greater respect than giving them the farewell that matches how they chose to live their lives. Your loved one can be released in a way that is as original as all of our personalities.

How we say farewell, is not only a reflection on how our dearly beloved wanted to be remembered but so too is it a chance for loved ones to show one last time, just how much that person meant to them. It is a healing rite of passage for the family and the friends who will miss the departed and now struggle with how to imagine their lives without that special person. Having a ceremony at the end of a life, is as much about the living as it is about the departed. Celebrate your loved one by making reference to their hobbies, interests, and career or life experiences and show them how much you respected their life, in other ways such as choosing a modern coffin, using a particular colour theme or dress code for the day, choosing particular music that your loved one enjoyed, or providing photographic displays at the wake.

Historically, funerals are highly ritualised and traditionally aligned to religious ceremonies as formal and earnest in nature. More and more people chose to celebrate life rather than focus on the loss itself and are looking for ways to help them express the love of life that they so keenly feel when someone’s life is lost. Lodge Brothers understand how important a bespoke funeral can be and treat all funerals with the exact level of respect that is required at the end of someone’s life. Lodge Brothers also understand that as different as we are all are in life, is the case in death and offers many ways for families who prefer non-religious or ethnically diverse ceremonies. Regardless of race or religious beliefs, Lodge Brother staff will guide you through the process to help you achieve a ceremony that is right for you and your deceased loved one. If you prefer a non-religious service, it can be arranged for a Humanist or Civil Celebrant to officiate at the funeral.

Whichever way that Lodge Brothers can help you at this important time, is exactly what you can expect to receive, speak to them about how to celebrate the life of your loved one with an alternative memorial.

9Jul/19Off

Personal and professional Probate Legal Services

Lodge Brothers Legal services was established in 2016 as part of the Lodge Brothers Funeral Services family of companies, when the company was granted a license by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to act on behalf of clients in facilitating with the professional legal services. Due to the legalities associated with the passing of an individual, there may be a need for the family of the deceased to seek the assistance of qualified attorneys. Specifically in instances where the estate is high net which can become more difficult to administer. The administrator of the estate has the obligation to tie up the estate of the deceased which includes both the assets and liabilities attached to the estate. A person’s estate can be complex and in any instance where no Will was drawn up, the estate is made even more difficult to administer. If the estate executor is not from a legal background, then certainly the most beneficial and expedient manner of dealing with the logistics of the estate, especially during this particularly distressing time, would be to engage with a Probate Guildford attorney.

Legal Brothers attorney assist families in the counties of Surrey, Middlesex and Berkshire with Wills, Probate and lasting power of attorney. Families and estate administrators who require assistance with any of these legal areas, are able to contact Legal Brothers in the following areas, for Probate Ashford, Probate Feltham, Probate Woking, Probate Weybridge, Probate Sunbury, Probate Shepperton, Probate West Byfleet and Probate Walton.

An executor of an estate is responsible for locating all of the financial documentation pertaining to organisations who have provided financial assistance to the departed individual and advising them of the demise of the individual which has now become an estate. The administer of the estate would need to establish the financial value of the estate and ensure that bank account are frozen so that no person, who is not entitled to access the money of the departed individual, has access to the funds he or she may have accrued. New accounts will be opened on the estate’s behalf which will be used to administer any inheritance taxes issues from Inland Revenue and attend to other debts and liabilities which need to be paid from the estate.

Documentation includes preparing Probate papers which are to be issued to the Probate registry in order to attain a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letter of Administration, which will enable the executor to process the settlement of the liabilities and administer the assets of the state in the manner required in the legal Will of the deceased, or if there is no written will, in line with requirements of the intestate estate instructed by the probate court. In the eventuality that the Will be found as being invalid, probate court will need to take over the directions of possessions in line with beneficiary designation prescribed by the court.

The Legal Brothers Legal Services is a team of highly educated, skilled and knowledge attorneys who have years of experience in assisting with Wills, Probate and lasting powers of attorneys who understand how to deal with stressful legal issues, when you are not able to.

15Jun/190

Lodge Brothers Legal Services offers hassle-free services

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Free is a word that people love to hear. At Lodge Brothers Legal Services, there are many aspects of our business that are free and which is guaranteed to help you to deal with some of the most potentially problematic aspects of legal services. Lodge Brothers Legal Services understands that when topics like Will, probate and lasting power of attorney are bandied about, people may react in ways such as “switching off” (denial) or even feeling flustered as a result of trying to understand what they need to do to ensure that these living responsibilities are taken care of after their passing. Lodge Brothers Legal Services Probate Ashford offers all their services at fees which are fixed and agreed in advance so the services provided are free of any unexpected or hidden costs. Transparency from start to finish is assured.

Free advice is the first thing that you can be confident of receiving when Lodge Brothers Legal Services is assisting you with Probate. The attorneys at Lodge Brothers Legal Services who offer Probate  service, are available to help and because the company is closely affiliated with the Lodge Brothers Funeral Services, this team of highly experienced attorneys knows precisely what is required of them in this industry, to assist the bereaved families or those families planning their Probate Weybridge ahead of time. Lodge Brothers Legal Services will guide through your Probate as you negotiate any of these areas and will even go so far as to call you back if you visit their web-page and click on Request a Call Back. Free advice, free of charge, no cost to you what-so-ever.

Lodge Brothers Legal Services Probate Shepperton understands that in tough financial times, full disclosure of costs is what is expected to ensure that the families which they are assisting are always in the picture. To achieve this, Lodge Brothers Legal Services offers a free, no obligation quotes for Probate West Byfleet are provided. No obligation means that there is no expectation and families can rest assured knowing that they can make their decisions with that is best for them in mind. Lodge Brothers Legal Services is 100% opaque when it comes to costs and fees of the services which they provide. Legal Services can be costly which is why it is important to know what you are getting ahead of time. Bear in mind that Lodge Brothers Legal Services also offers a variety of set packages which are tailored to both the financial and services needs of the individual.

Most importantly, Lodge Brothers Legal Services offers hassle-free services. Each situation can be unique and Lodge Brothers Legal Services understands all of the aspects of your estate, wills, probate, and power of attorney which means that they take care of absolutely everything and any situation which could arise at the point at which an individual has passed. Whether they have prepared for this moment ahead of time, or not, there is nothing that Lodge Brothers Legal Services cannot take the fear and stress out of for you. Hassle-free is the one thing that a family will be most grateful for a time of immense emotional strain. When under emotional distress there is nothing more assuring than knowing that someone is able to take something off your plate. Lodge Brothers Legal Services are your silent protectors in times such as these.

12May/190

Fixed Fee probate services

The law and the linguistics associated with it, are often difficult to fully understand. Not only are the terms which attorneys and courts use, complex and not commonly practiced but the laws themselves can be difficult to decipher. If you are someone who has had dealings with an attorney you will know first-hand that they are worth their weight in gold. Every person has their own specialty in life, a gift of their skill and expertise which they can offer to others and when someone is able to use these skills in conjunction with empathy and understanding, this becomes a vocation. Lodge Brothers Legal Services probate Guildford is an example of a group of professionals who have taken what they know and turned it into a vocation because of their absolute dedication and personal service. It is this commitment to personal service which allows clients of Lodge Brothers Legal Services probate Ashford, to feel absolutely at ease and assured and in good hands, at all times.

“Probate”, “wills” and “Lasting powers of attorney” are all concepts which hold for the majority of us, large emotional and physical implications. Often as the result of the connotations which these words encompass and the emotional connections which a person has to these types of concepts, we may stall and avoid confronting the issues which we know we must deal with ,when the time comes to act upon these aspects of our lives. It is largely due to words triggering an emotional response due to the inevitable link which they have with the passing, or end, of life and so it is easy to understand why a person may avoid making decisions regarding these. Lodge Brothers Legal Services probate Feltham and probate Walton attorneys genuinely understands this when relating to their clients and this is why Lodge Brother Legal Services probate Woking and probate West Byfleet aim to make the process as easy to deal with as possible by offering as little or as much assistance as each individual may require. If you are looking for someone to give you the peace of mind that will put your mind at rest regarding the documentation which you may already have completed, our attorneys are more than willing to go over everything with you to ensure that everything is in order. If you are someone who prefers to have our attorneys prepare documentation from the beginning to the end of the process on your behalf so that you are sure that everything is as you want it to be, then this can be accommodated too. Whatever you needs are, the Lodge Brothers Legal probate Shepperton services team is able to assist you. Lodge Brothers Legal Services probate Weybridge and others offer fixed fee probate services, uniquely tailored to your needs.

Lodge Brothers Legal Services probate Sunbury is part of the Lodge Brother Funeral Directors family business which has not only a long standing reputation of excellent customer service and understanding of what it is that those who have just lost a loved one is going to be experiencing, but in addition are able to meet clients at any of the over 40 locations which they currently have in and around the Middlesex, Surrey and Berkshire areas, offering convenient localised service. For personal, caring and practical advice, Lodge Brothers Legal service is your best choice.

7May/19Off

Lodge Brothers funeral arrangements simplified

Pre-Paid FuneralsAt a time when words really can offer little comfort, the best thing that a person can experience is to be surrounded by people who they can trust and who will take on some of the weight of the world which they may be carrying. When going through a stressful period in one’s life, it can become difficult to do the small things and making decisions, whether about the big or the small issues, can seem equally insurmountable. When the worst things in life happen, it often feels like it takes a village to deal with the repercussions – everything can become slower yet the time will fly, you may feel that you can do and say nothing right, despite your best efforts to keep a brave face on and take care of what needs doing. When you are the only one left to pick up the pieces and buck literally stops with you, how much of a relief would it be to know that you have someone to lean on? Anyone who has been in a dire situation in their lives knows that relief can come in small pieces and yet those small things will have the largest impact on your life at the time. When its not even day to day, but rather moment to moment, a person who can help you and lend you a hand is ultimately a gift.

Lodge Brothers funeral directors London knows too well what can happen to a person and families when their loved ones pass away, even if it may have been expected. Lodge Brothers funeral directors have stood beside families in their time of need and not just stood witness to but been involved in the hard times and part of the hard decisions.  When death visits your family, there are always decisions to be made, especially if there was no Will prepared. The logistics involved in planning a funeral at a time of heightened emotions, can be over-whelming.

Lodge Brothers has answers to all of your questions and can provide you with everything that you may need when it comes to laying your loved one to rest. Details which you may never have thought of will need to be addressed and its times like this when a compassionate, empathetic expert is invaluable. That is what the goal of Lodge Brothers is… to provide and succeed in helping to sort out all of the really hard decisions during a hard time. With so much experience and an in-bred family understanding of what it takes to be the calm in the storm, Lodge Brother funeral directors will not let you and your family down. Everything from Funeral arrangements and information, floral tributes, legal services, such as probate services, memorials and the Lodge brothers collection of Keepsake jewellery from your departed loved-one, are swiftly and seamlessly attended to in the manner in which your loved one would be pleased and of which you can be proud to hold safe in your memories.

12Sep/18Off

Funerals and Wills

Lodge Brothers funeral services is always here to help. We know how unpredictable life can be on a daily basis and that things happen when you least expect it. This is why we make ourselves available at any time on any day, by phone or email. With 533,253 deaths in Wales and the UK in 2017. The office of National statistics shows that the provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 31 August 2018 was 7,865. Yourmoney.com reports that “Around 60% of UK adults still haven't made a will, according to new research from Unbiased.co.uk, leaving around 31 million people at risk of dying intestate. If you die without a will your estate will be distributed solely according to intestacy law, which may not reflect your wishes.”

Karen Barrett, CEO and founder of Unbiased, said “It’s clear that many people think they’re just not ‘rich enough’ to need a will. This ignores the fact that a will makes inheritance a far quicker process – do they really want to keep their loved ones waiting longer, when that money might be badly needed? It also doesn’t take into account the complexity of modern families, which intestacy law simply doesn’t address. Children from previous marriages could end up receiving nothing at all.”

At Lodge Brothers, we agree that this is the essential issue surrounding those who pass away without a will and encourage customers who we meet on a daily basis, not to find themselves in the same position as their loved ones who have gone before them. The financial consequences when a loved one dies affects the whole family and especially when there is a young family involved, this can have lasting and irreversible long-lasting effects on the family unit and extended family members. While you may not feel that you are rich enough to have a will, consider what the effects would be on your family should they have to love just one month or one week if you are a weekly paid individual.

At Lodge Brothers we have options to suit every pocket and take pride in extending a helping hand to our hundreds of clients in our local areas. You can find our offices in your local areas simply by visiting our website and searching by location. You will find that we have offices in all locations and we offer additional probate services. For example, should you be looking for probate in Chertsey, Ham or Guildford, simply search probate Chertsey, probate Ham or probate Guildford to find your local branch and contact telephone number or email address. Otherwise you can go to our branch locator search feature, capture your nearest branch, town name of post code, for ease of access to information concerning all services we offer.  If you’d like to know a little more about our services, we can send our ‘Guide to Arranging A Funeral’ to your home, or you can view and download a PDF. Click here to obtain.

10Aug/18Off

Lasting Powers of Attorney in Ham

Preparing a will for when you pass away is one of the most important things that you can do with your life, or so we have all heard… but is it really true that not having a will is going to cause problems for those you leave behind? Or is this just another fear-based threat designed to get us to jump into action and act by paying someone else to do our will for us, when in fact we could either do it ourselves or leave it all together? After all, there are rules in place which must be followed when we die, to ensure that the possessions we gather in life, are distributed amongst the family we leave behind. Why is the threat of not having a will shrouded in so many layers of alarming outcomes for those who are affected?

The fact is that there absolutely are rules which govern the passing of assets on to family once a person has deceased. These rules are fairly straight forward and not at all difficult to apply because as with everything based in the law, there is little to no room for personal interpretation nor much capacity for a person to manipulate the rules. And it does not necessarily require an attorney’s degree to construct a simple will which is easy to understand and follow in order to ensure that the assets are distributed as they were intended to be among the family members.

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However what if a person has a complicated or unknown scenario which only comes to light once the person has passed and they have not prepared a will? Or have prepared a Will which for some reason or another, such as it not being correctly witnessed, is invalid in the eyes of the law? The estate immediately considered as being intestate. Once a person’s possessions are intestate, the rules of intestacy apply. If that is the case then only married or civil partners, children and close relatives stand to benefit from the inheritance. The primary beneficiary is considered to be the husband, wife or civil partner (note: a civil partner differs from a “common law” partner).

Intestacy laws are there for substantially limiting and possibilities in life are infinite meaning that there are more scenarios under which a person may pass away, which cannot be covered by the rules governing wills. What is a parent has passed without a valid will and has 2 children, one estranged for decades and one who cared for that parent right throughout their life, up until they reached their death-bed, leaving that child cash-strapped due to the high costs of care and medicines, for the parent. By intestate law, both siblings would stand to inherit the estate equally and this is something, while difficult, that the parent would not necessarily want.

Wills can be drawn up quickly and inexpensively at any of our Wills Chertsey, Wills Guildford and Wills Ham offices of Lodge Brothers. Inquire today regarding your unique requirements for your will to ensure that your family members benefit properly from the distribution of your possessions and assets on your passing.

16Jan/18Off

Accessible, Affordable Legal Services

Lodge Brothers Legal Services provide a free no obligation quote or initial advice.  With over 200 years experience their legal services are sought after. They offer many services one being Probate attorney and Will Writers. Below they explain why its so important to have a will and how they can assit.

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When a family member or loved one dies, dealing with estate administration is often the last thing on a person’s mind. We offer an efficient, professional and above all personal service to make your life easier at such a distressing time.

When a person dies leaving a valid Will, the appointed Executors need to apply for a Grant of Probate to administer the Deceased’s estate. If there is no Will, the laws of intestacy apply and the law sets out which family member is entitled to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration and administer the estate.

The process of administering an estate is commonly known as probate and involves:

  • ascertaining the value of the Deceased’s assets and liabilities;
  • dealing with the Inland Revenue Inheritance Tax return;
  • preparing the probate papers;
  • applying to the Probate Registry for the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration; and
  • collecting in the assets of the estate and settling the liabilities once the Grant is received.

Probate will be required to sell or transfer a house, sell or transfer shares and in most cases to close bank accounts. The assistance required by the Executors will depend on the finances of the Deceased, the terms of the Will, the family circumstances and how much work the Executors are willing or able to do.

OUR PROBATE SERVICES

Lodge Brothers Legal Services offer 3 levels of service to suit your requirements.

Fixed Fee from £250 (£300 inc. VAT):

  • Executors prepare all probate forms;
  • Executors make a personal application to the probate registry;
  • We will check the forms are completed correctly; and
  • Responsibility for the application remains with Executors.

Fixed Fee from £750 (£900 inc. VAT) plus disbursements:

  • Executors responsible for registering death with all asset holders;
  • Executors establish the assets and liabilities at date of death; and
  • We will complete the probate papers, Inheritance tax forms and apply for the Grant of Probate.

Fixed Fee from £1,500 (£1,800 inc. VAT ) plus disbursements: This is our most complete service which will relieve you of the heavy burden of dealing with the estate when your thoughts are elsewhere.

  • It ensures that probate is obtained quickly and efficiently.
  • We will register the death certificate with the asset holders;
  • We will ascertain the date of death assets and liabilities of the estate; and
  • We will complete all the probate papers, Inheritance Tax forms and apply for the Grant of Probate.
28Nov/12Off

Speak to us today about the benefits of pre-planning your funeral

WHY PLAN YOUR FUNERAL?

SOME OF THE BENEFITS TO FUNERAL PLANNING

Relieve your family from stress and anxiety

It’s hard enough to say goodbye without the added pressure of worrying about the deceased’s last wishes

Lighten the financial load on your family with Pre Paid Funerals

By covering all costs in advance you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your family won’t have to worry about how they will pay.

Costs are fixed and are based on today’s prices. It doesn’t matter how long in the future your funeral occurs it will cost no more than if it happened today.

Personalise your funeral, say “goodbye” your way

Throughout life we are defined by our personality, our actions and how we interact with those around us. Family Funerals Trust believes this should continue with your last act in this world. We encourage you to think about things now so that your life and personality shine through, at your final goodbye.

Click here for more information on our Pre Paid Funeral Plans UK and Pre paid funeral plans