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Posts tagged “Wills and Probate”

When your loved one passes away, there can be so many services that you have to cancel: the TV services, their gas or electric, their mobile ‘phone – the list goes on and on. A common thing that people do not think they need to cancel is their families’ Lasting Power of Attorney documents. 
 
But, how do you cancel the documents? Can you get a refund? 
Due to the dreaded 'B' word (Brexit), your Solicitors in Preston have seen a rise in the number of people who are applying for an Irish Passport.  
 
But, as part of the process of applying, you have to have your identity certified by a professional, such as MG Legal. But what is certifying a document, and how much does it cost? 
In our previous blog post, which can be found here, we have discussed the changes happening to the Probate Service, including the move to an online system. 
 
As part of these changes, the traditional ‘Oath’ has been changed to a Statement of Truth. Paul Downer, in his blog post for HMCTS, has explained that a number of ‘pain points’ were identified as part of the research, one of which being that users were unsure of the term ‘swearing of the oath’, adding to their, usually already high, stress levels. 
Following recent observations made by the Solicitors Regulation Authority – the SRA, your conveyancing solicitors will soon be required to publish their fees on their website for all to see. This has been brought about by the SRA striving for transparency throughout matters, with full and frank information regarding fees being available from the outset. 
Finding new clients requiring a solicitor is, believe it or not, uber-competitive. I mean, as soon as you Google ‘personal injury solicitors in Preston’ claims management companies appear at the top of the page, and they don’t even have an office within 20 miles of the Preston area. So, in such times, what does your local property and divorce solicitors do? Well, they turn to social media in order to attract more clients.. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and maybe even Pinterest. 
When your loved one passes away, quite often you will need to obtain a Grant of Probate, commonly just known as Probate. 
 
This process normally involves making an application to the Probate Registry Office, including details of the deceased’s financial position and their Will. If their Will is not available (or in some cases, if they did not have one), you would need to apply for Letters of Administration. 
When a loved one passes away, there can be so much to do it can be overwhelming. MG Legal, local solicitors for Wills (and Probate!), have put together a list of useful information to remember, and things that you need to try and do for your loved one. 
Usually, when you prepare a Will through your local solicitors for Wills, MG Legal, we would ask that you attend the office to sign, and two members of staff would be able to act as your witnesses (we’ve witnessed so many Wills, we’ve started to dream about it!). Sometimes, we even visit people at their properties and act as witnesses there. It all depends on how able you are to travel to our offices. 
Picture this: you’re in the middle of completing a pack of legal documents and you’re reading through then … BAM! You’re reading words like ‘Absolute’ or ‘Caveat Emptor’ or ‘Per stirpes’. So, to help you along the way, our expert team of solicitors in Lancaster and Preston at MG Legal, have compiled a list of common words or phrases used in our legal documents which start with the letters A - F
 
And, if there’s one not on the list that you come across, drop it in the comments below and we can confirm the meaning, or give us a call on 01524 581 306 for some guidance. 
Solicitors in Lancaster, MG Legal, are experts in drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). There are two types of LPA that you can create: one relates to financial decisions, and one relates to your health and care decisions.  
 
Whilst it may seem like a trivial matter, and you may think it will never happen to you, LPAs can cover a variety of situations, such as if you no longer have capacity or if you are physically unable to make decisions yourself. You can appoint Attorneys in other circumstances, such as if you are abroad and want someone to deal with property matters on your behalf, however Solicitors in Lancaster would need to discuss the circumstances with you, and advise you on the best way to proceed and the costs involved. 

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