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12Nov/20Off

Lodge Brothers legal specialise exclusively in Probate, Wills and Power of Attorney

Inevitably, life tends to have a way of getting away with us. We leave school as young adults, searching for incomes which will allow us the independence that we so covet. Earning money means we have the power to make the choices about our own lives that feel so important to us at the time. Whether our goals are to grow our careers, or to start a family, independence generally decreases as we become more financially viable. What begins as an endeavour to be the best person that we can be, results in the accrual of material things and people. The car you save for to empower freedom of choice in your life becomes an asset. The type of social interactions which you choose, leads to you meet likeminded individuals and perhaps eventually results in a joining of kindred spirits in matrimony or the like. Families grow, houses are built and the need for a more stable income grows. All of these things that you need to build to sustain your life, become your assets. You have a choice over them in life. So too, do you have a choice over them in death.

Life unwittingly takes hold of us and often, the administration of your life is left at the bottom of the list of things to do. Stats show that 38% of adults living in the UK passed away last year without a will. Your will is your last chance to make voice heard and to have your final choices carried out as you would have done if you were still able. Failing to plan for your estate your estate via your will, you leave a lot to chance. And if you have not lived your life leaving all things to chance, why let it be the case in your death. No one person knows your wishes and desires as well as you do so when you pass away without a will and your estate is then governed by the laws of intestacy which means that everything that you have worked your whole life to attain is now governed by a set of rules enforced by the courts. Only married or civil partners and some of your close relatives are able to inherit your estate under the laws of intestacy which means that the courts may assign your possessions to someone who you had never intended them to.

Lodge Brothers attorneys specialise exclusively in Probate, Wills and Power of Attorney. Probate Weybridge is the process, which confirms who will handle a person's estate after their death and it is important to have, as it is a legal requirement. Probate Sunbury is a complicated system that is advisable to be handled by a competent probate attorney. Aspects of the Probate Shepperton process include, establishing the value of your assets and liabilities, finalising Inheritance Tax, applying for Probate Registry for the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration. Lodge Brothers Probate West Byfleet offer caring and practical legal advice efficiently and professionally to make your life easier during distressing times.

19Jul/20Off

Lodge Brothers qualified professional lawyers specialising solely in Probate, Wills and Power of Attorney

There comes a time in everyone’s life when there is a funeral to plan. What most people seldom think about, however, is that where there is a funeral, there is an associated requirement for funeral legal services Guildford, which goes hand-in-hand with those related to funerals planning services. A unique and empathetic group of attorneys at Lodge Brothers legal services dedicate themselves to assisting families and individuals with the legal aspects involved at the end of life. Sad as it is to think that there is a requirement for such a service, it is probably one of the most important and practical aspects which need to be addressed, preferably while you as an individual, are still alive. Just like with funeral planning, end of life planning is without a doubt, one of the best things a person could do for the loved ones who will be left behind.

Funeral legal services Ashford include a cluster of specific services which one needs to attend to, to ease the burden on those left behind, and to ensure that there are no unexpected surprises awaiting them. These funeral legal services include the preparation and drawing up of a will, probate services, and powers of attorney.

Having a legal and binding will in place holds more importance than most people may expect, which is one of the reasons why so many people end up never quite getting to having theirs drawn up. One somehow always believes that there is time for these things. Meanwhile, we all know that no tomorrow is guaranteed. A legal will and testament will speak for you when you are no longer able to, whether it be because you are still on life-support, or if you have already passed away. Sometimes there is a need for you to tell others when it is time to let you go, in the event of a tragedy which leaves you unable to communicate for yourself any longer. Documents like DNR’s (Do not resuscitate) and organ donation instructions can help your family know what you would want them to do, or not do when they are not able to ask you themselves.

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A person also has the option of appointing their attorney with the power of attorney to execute any and all final decisions and wishes intended by the individual. Doing so designates your attorney as sole executor of your property and finances. This can also apply to end of life decisions and actions which need to be taken, on your behalf if you are no longer able to.

Whether or not there is a will, the legal process of probate is required in order to administer the finalization of a person’s estate, whether according to the Will, if found to be legal, or in the event that there are instructions left behind. It becomes the responsibility of the court to decide who is rightfully entitled to your possessions. Lodge Brother Legal attorneys will professionally and legally administer your will, ensuring that your legal requests are carried out by the court and that your possessions are distributed as you intended them to be.

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14Nov/19Off

Legal Services in the UK

“My aim is to support each client with my personal, caring and practical legal advice.”

SOPHIE ANDREWS from Lodge Brothers Legal offers probate services and legal advice at affordable prices. Perhaps you are someone who has been thinking about probate and is wondering if this is a service that you would need. If you know a little about this type of legal service you may have heard of a grant of probate or a GOP and are interested in what this will cost you and how you can get more information about this. You can contact Sophie, Emily or Hannah for a no obligation quote.

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A grant of probate is the confirmation authorising who is the executor who has been elevated to administer the estate of someone who has passed away. The service of probate includes finalising the affairs of the deceased in terms of their finances and assets. Logistical it is by far the most difficult part of the passing of someone is the allocation of these assets and finalisation of the estate as a whole. Before anyone can start to deal with the allocation of assets to heirs of the estate there are other fundamental aspects which will need to be addresses, such as attending to the bank account of the departed. In order for anyone to have the authority to deal with the bank account of a person who has passed, they will need to request a grant of probate in order to act on their behalf. Something like this is easier if arranged prior to the event of your passing and will leave less for your family to consider while they grieve your loss.

Are there instances where a grant of probate Woking is not required in order to finalise an estate. Lodge Brothers Legal Services attorneys confirm that while there are some instances where this is not required, it is not often something that can be avoided. In an instance where the deceased is a minor child, the parent or legal guardian will be able to attend to the closing of the bank account of the minor child. In situations like this, no will come into play as one needs to be of legal age in order for a will to be recognised. Another instance when probate would not be required is when the estate is worth less than £10,000.

Some of the time, a person may have a joint bank account with another who survives them and who is the recipient of the estate automatically in the event of passing. In a situation like this, probate will not be required however it is always highly recommended that this be confirmed and not simply assumed. An executor would be required to correspond with the banking and other institutions in order to confirm the passing of the person and provide them with proof of death in the form of a death certificate. Once done the application for probate Weighbridge can be avoided as long as everything is in order. If that is not the case then probate will need to be applied for in the usual way, using your legal attorney as an impartial expert who will be able to guide you seamlessly and safely through the process.

9Oct/19Off

Probate services everyone needs

For most people, life involves the process of growing, learning and then using what we have learnt, to become our own independent people who have skills and experience which we use, to gather things as we go through life. It is a sign of success for a person to be able to gather many material assets during their life but mostly it is something that must happen, so that we can live our best life and provide stability and security to our families. Whether you do life in a traditional way or if you are someone who does things differently, there is always a need for the things that make your life easier and more secure, allowing you to support important people in your life as well as yourself.

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Perhaps your first real possession was a watch, one that you saved for through hard work and dedication. Perhaps a car that you were eventually able to buy after years of working towards that goal. And there is a myriad of technologies that we can purchase during the years of our lives, as we grow up and eventually into old age.

When you look around you and see what you have managed to accrue in terms of material things, take a minute to also think about what would happen to all of those hard-earned large and small items that form part of your life, if you should happen to not come home at the end of the day to use them. The point is that this is a likely possibility for everyone eventually. Yet how many times do you think about what will happen to your possessions when you are gone? Honestly, this is something that most people think very little about. Life is for the living after all!

Probate is another that very few people will take a minute to think about on any given day. In fact, what is probate really? While it is actually quite a simple judicial process whereby your will is “proved” will in a court of law, the practice is something that not many will really think of as being important. Without this probate process of administering your estate, all of your material possessions may end up in the wrong hands or with people that you feel may not benefit as much from your life’s accumulated possessions, as someone else possibly would. This is why it is so important to stop, take the time to think about how Lodge Brothers probate Feltham can assist and decide what you would like to happen when the time comes. This is where Lodge Brothers Legal Services is of vital assistance to you and your family. Probate is just one of the professional legal services that Lodge Brothers offers and all of these services will be of utmost importance to your family. Probate services at Lodge Brothers legal services are offered at a fixed fee which is agreed to in advance, depending on your requirements.

One size does not always fit all which is why you can get a free, no-obligation quote before you decide to proceed with engaging with Lodge Brothers for their probate Woking services. However, when you make that decision, you can rest assured that everything to do with your estate will expertly and legally be processed just as you wanted it to be.

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?

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.

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.