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When another person or organisation has broken the contract between you to provide the goods or services in return for payment, you may have grounds for compensation or redress.

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Our specialist Litigation team are on hand to help you with any queries you may have.

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Our expert solicitors are here to support you with advice, outlining your options at the very first stages to ensure all possible objectives are reached.

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The Litigation team at Poole Alcock will advise you on the best route to take, depending on your tenancy agreement.

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At Poole Alcock we understand that you want to resolve any dispute cost-effectively and maintain good relations where possible.

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A company’s articles of association are of paramount importance; they are the key constitutional document setting out the basic management and administrative structure of a company.

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Forming a company can be a positive and exciting step for many business owners. However, it is important to ensure from the outset that the documents governing your company’s operations suit your business needs.

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Acquisition of another company is an effective way to grow your business. Ensuring a successful transaction is all about the detail. You need to know exactly what you are buying.

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When the time comes to sell your company, or shares in your business, you will wish to maximise the return on your investment of money, hard work, time and emotion.

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A guarantee is a legal commitment to repay a debt where the original borrower has defaulted on their repayments. In essence, the person providing the guarantee will “step into the shoes” of the debtor.

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Whether you are lending to or borrowing from a third party, it is always prudent to record the terms of the loan clearly.

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A company’s articles of association are of paramount importance; they are the key constitutional document setting out the basic management and administrative structure of a company.

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If you are in dispute about which school your child should attend or think that it will be in the child’s best interests to change schools it will be necessary to apply for a Specific Issue Order through the courts.

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If your child is aged under 16, it is possible to change their name by deed poll providing that all of the parties with Parental Responsibility are in agreement. However, the child’s birth certificate will not normally be changed as this is a historical record from when the child was born.

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When a child is removed from one of the parents without the other parent’s permission or a child is not returned at a pre-arranged time, it is important to act quickly to reinstate the child’s normal or pre-agreed routine.

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Whenever possible separating parties should speak to one another and make arrangements for the care of the children which are in the children’s best interests and can be worked around by both parents.

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Most of the legal rights given to parents are by way of Parental Responsibility (PR). PR means ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property by law’.

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You can apply to end or dissolve your civil partnership if you have been in the partnership for at least one year. It is very similar to divorce, in that you will need to make an application to the court.

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When parties separate they may be able to reach an amicable agreement about the finances of the household and how these should be divided going forward. However, for most this can be the most difficult area to resolve.

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We can provide you with the peace of mind of conducting your divorce on a fixed fee basis. We will be able to provide you with the figure at the outset, allowing you to budget and plan your finances in advance.

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We are proud to be chosen by Cheshire Police Federation as their nominated divorce lawyers to provide specialist divorce and family advice to its members.

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A pre-nuptial/pre-civil agreement is a legal agreement made between two individuals before their marriage has taken place. It usually sets out how the couple wish their assets to be divided between them.

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A separation agreement is a written agreement used when a couple want to stop living together. The agreement can be used to decide a variety of topics including, who will pay the mortgage.

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Under the Equality Act 2010 harassment is defined as unwanted conduct which is related to either; age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation and is therefore unlawful.

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Unfair dismissal is a complex area of employment law and one where you need a legal expert to safeguard your financial interests as well as your professional future.

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It can be hard to realise that you may have been a victim of workplace discrimination. Discrimination is based upon what are called Protected Characteristics.

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Under the Equality Act there are 9 specific areas which are called protected characteristics; any discrimination against workers because of these characteristics would be unlawful.

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It is important that businesses handle the termination of a director’s contract appropriately, especially if you need to achieve a swift exit without disrupting the operation of the business.

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Employers should enter into a period of consultation with their employees, giving them information on why the redundancies are necessary and if there are any alternatives available.

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Has your employer discussed ending your employment through redundancy or with a settlement agreement/compromise agreement?

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There will be times when an employee’s conduct or performance falls short of what is expected of them in their contract of employment, or they believe that they have been treated unfairly at work.

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The TUPE Regulations are in place to preserve employees’ rights when a business is transferred to a new employer. The Regulations can apply to organisations of all sizes when a business is sold.

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From the recruitment process, through to issues such as TUPE, training from expert employment solicitors can help you to use the law as a positive framework to implement the best employment practices.

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A written contract of employment is a legal requirement as part of the employment relationship and failure to provide one can leave both parties unclear about their rights and responsibilities.

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Settlement agreements, which used to be called compromise agreements, can play an important part in ending an employment relationship, but there are some important legal safeguards.

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Severing ties with a director or senior executive comes with countless decisions about how to protect your business.

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Whether it is direct or indirect discrimination, a case of harassment, or failure to promote diversity, the Equality Act makes discrimination unacceptable in the workplace.

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It is easy for important steps to be missed during a staff crisis however, each vital step may be a legal requirement. An omission that could have a serious impact upon your business.

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Employers should enter into a period of consultation with their employees, giving them information on why the redundancies are necessary and if there are any alternatives available.

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Whilst it is better to try to resolve a dispute directly with an employee, there will be times when it simply is not possible. In those cases, you may be called before an employment tribunal.

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As an employer you have to be cautious with how you deal with dismissals in order to not be accused of an unfair dismissal.

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Failure to comply with employment legislation can be devastating for a business. Compensation awards for unfair dismissal claims can be in excess of £75,000 and awards for discrimination are unlimited.

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Our team has extensive experience of settling claims arising from a wide variety of accidents and injuries suffered in the workplace.

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Whilst a trip to the beauty salon may conjure up images of relaxation and pampering, many services use potentially harmful chemicals and machinery.

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Poole Alcock have a number of keen cyclists who commute to work and enjoy cycling as a hobby or as a competitive sport. We therefore understand the frustration that can occur.

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Every employer should ensure that the exposure of his employees to substances hazardous to health is either prevented or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately controlled.

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The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult situations in life we have to face, and the thought of bringing a claim for compensation at this time is a difficult one.

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An employer has a duty to eliminate or reduce exposure to vibration to as low a level as is reasonably practicable. In doing so, the employer should have assessed any risks in the task concerned.

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Suffering a head injury is understandably concerning for the victim and their family. It is important to investigate any potential brain injury that may have been caused.

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Tinnitus is any noise (for example, buzzing or ringing) in the ear and can be caused by exposure to excessive levels of noise, although there are other causes too.

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It is logical to think that if you are constantly carrying out the same physical task at work, such as lifting heavy boxes without a break, you may well develop a bad back.

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Common causes of road traffic accidents include other road users, poorly maintained roads, obstructions in the road and slippery surfaces. You may have suffered an injury.

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Accidents can happen at any time and in any place – in the street, at work, at the supermarket. If you think that another person or organisation was responsible for your accident then you may be entitled to compensation.

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Suffering a spinal cord injury can be a life-changing event, impacting on almost every aspect of your life. If the accident was not your fault, then financial compensation is often necessary.

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Wills & Probate Solicitors

At Poole Alcock, we understand that it is difficult to focus on life’s unhappy events and we also know that you want to stay in control of your life, and so you need to plan ahead.

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Poole Alcock Wills & Probate Solicitors

Poole Alcock Wills & Probate solicitors understand that you need to plan ahead to help protect your assets. You need to have peace of mind that your wishes are respected and all measures are in place to avoid the government taking a substantial proportion of your hard-earned assets.

How to make a Will

Setting out a Will can help protect your interests and assure your loved ones are entitled to your assets. If you pass away without a Will, this is known as Intestacy, where your spouse, unmarried partner, children and significant relations are at risk and have no guarantee or entitlement to their inheritance.

At Poole Alcock, we understand thinking about this unhappy event isn’t pleasant and you need reassurance that you have control over your estate. Our team can help guide and carefully plan your Will so you can ensure your plans to pass on your interests are achieved and any inheritance is handled as tax efficiently as possible.

As soon as your Will is completed and signed by a witness, you can store your Will for free at Poole Alcock Wills & Probate Solicitors. As part of this, you must ensure you have informed your executor/s where your Will is securely stored.

What does Probate mean?

Probate is the legal process of dealing with a Will of someone who has passed away. If you are mentioned in the Will, you become an executor, or, if several names, executors. It’s your responsibility to deal with this probate, where you have to apply for a grant of probate from the Probate Registry. This process can be complicated and unclear, as it involves a number of proceedings. Wills are written in a legal language which may be difficult to read, especially if they refer to assets in trust or those required to go into a trust.

If you are in doubt and unsure about taking on this responsibility, you can seek professional advice from Poole Alcock Wills & Probate solicitors. We are here to help carry out the Probate on your behalf to avoid any confusion which could result in you being personally liable as the executor. This may include any tax liability being misunderstood which could make those involved accountable for a tax bill.

The Poole Alcock Wills & Probate team includes members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly, who are able to advise on the most complex planning matters.

Contact us at any one of our offices in Cheshire to speak to a solicitor who will respect your wishes and help you plan the very best outcome from life’s challenges.

If you are unable to attend our offices, we are happy to visit you at home, in hospital or in a care home. We also offer out of hours appointments to suit those with a busy working schedule.

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Providing You With Expert Advice and Support.

The Poole Alcock team includes members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly who are able to advise on the most complex planning matters.

Contact us at any one of our offices in Cheshire and you will speak to a solicitor who wants to meet you in person, who knows your area, where your home or land is and what makes it special. We will get to know you and your wishes and help you to plan for the best outcome from life’s challenges.

If you would find it difficult to attend our offices we would be happy to come out to see you at home, in hospital or at a care home. We offer out of hours appointments to suit those with a busy working schedule.

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What our clients say

  • First class service from Danielle Roberts. Empathy, understanding our needs and nothing was too much trouble.

    Trevor and Jane Leese
  • Verity was very professional while being friendly and understanding. Our meetings were relaxed and unrushed. I felt confident that all my needs were discussed and extremely satisfied with the service I received. Thank you

    LS – Wills and Probate Client
  • First rate service in all respects

    NC & AMW
  • Dear Verity,

    Thank you for all you have done with regard to our uncle’s estate. Your kind and friendly manner helped us greatly as you guided us through the process.

    J and M J & CH – Wills and Probate Clients
  • Treated with dignity and respect by all staff. Recommended to neighbours, friends and family. We will use again if the need arises without hesitation. Both my husband and I do not give praise easily!

  • I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you personally for your kindness, compassion & understanding towards my girls & I. Please also relay my thanks & gratitude to the rest of your team in handling my late mother’s estate.

    Mrs A
  • Dear Mr Smalley,

    Thank you for the sensitive, helpful and efficient way you have assisted me with revising my Will and setting place the Lasting Powers of Attorney at a difficult time.

    TC – Wills and Probate Client
  • Verity was knowledgeable in her field, attentive and proactive in moving things forward. The service I received was excellent and I would recommend Poole Alcock without reservation.

    Barry Jones – Director, Watts Mortgage and Wealth Management
  • Great service was provided through all the stages of updating our wills. We would definitely recommend the firm, especially Andrew Roberts who listened to our requirements and clearly answered all the questions we raised. Thank you for a great service.

  • Verity displayed a very high degree of competence and professionalism

    Mr M – Wills and Probate Client

Why Choose Us?

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  • We specialise in all areas of law. We offer a modern service with traditional values, giving you the complete legal service whenever you need us.
  • We have over 125 years experience, providing legal services for both businesses and private individuals.
  • We are Committed to Excellence.
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