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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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The claims process can seem daunting for anyone recently diagnosed with an asbestos related disease. Poole Alcock Solicitors can help you through every step.

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Pleural Thickening is fibrous damage to the pleura (outer lining of the lungs), which causes the pleura to become thickened. This disease is often caused as a result of exposure to asbestos.

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Asbestosis is fibrosis within the lung caused by exposure to asbestos. Our specialist solicitors are on hand to guide you through the claims process.

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Mesothelioma is a tumour in the pleura (lining of the lungs) or the peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity). Contact us today to discuss the fast track claims procedure.

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The risk of contracting asbestos related lung cancer is related to the level of exposure to asbestos. Poole Alcock Solcitors can help you determine if you have a claim.

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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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Our full administration service gives you peace of mind knowing that our professional expert solicitors are ealing with the administration and distribution of your loved one's estate.

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Poole Alcock Solicitors offer a grant only service for executors wishing to carry out the administration of the estate themself

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At Poole Alcock, our expertise in this sector has allowed us to help clients from all walks of life to resolve contentious probate disputes quickly and cost effectively.

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Poole Alcock solicitors are experienced in challenging Wills and can help you to make a claim for maintenance under the Inheritance Act.

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At Poole Alcock, our solicitors are highly experienced at helping clients preserve their assets. We will assess the best way to manage the risks of what you or your family have worked hard to achieve and limit your exposure.

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At Poole Alcock, we will work with you to identify all of your assets, discuss your wishes and advise you on the best steps to minimise a potential inheritance tax bill.

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With Poole Alcock Solicitors, the process of making a Will is an easy and affordable one that we can guide you through, drafting it for your approval, making any amendments, and ensuring it is validly signed.

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If you are concerned that the level of capital you are allowed to keep before you have to fund your own care costs will leave little for you to pass on, the key is to plan ahead.

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You can trust Poole Alcock to advise you or your relatives on the best way to use this important document to plan for the future.

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If you have an elderly relative who is beginning to suffer from lack of memory and confusion, it is important to talk to them about making a Lasting Power of Attorney as soon as possible.

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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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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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The best time to plan for the future is now

Planning for the future is important, but it can also feel a little daunting. Nobody really likes to think about getting older or becoming unwell, let alone what might happen if they die. However, a little time spent considering these issues now can ensure longterm peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

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How can we help?

  • Administration of an Estate

    Losing someone close to you can be distressing enough without having to deal with all the administrative issues that can arise. Find out how we can help you at this difficult time.

  • Wills and Tax Planning

    If you want to ensure that your wishes are carried out and that the people you really care about are looked after in the event of your death then you need to write a will. We have all the expertise you need to help you get this right.

  • Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

    As you get older you may need help dealing with everyday financial or health issues. Find out how Lasting Powers of Attorney can help you and your loved ones plan for the future.

  • Court of Protection

    The Court of Protection deals with financial and medical issues relating to vulnerable adults. If you are dealing with the affairs of a loved one who no longer has mental capacity you may have to apply to become a deputy. Find out how we can help you.

  • Wills Disputes and Inheritance Claims

    If you are concerned about the provisions made in a will or the way an estate has been administered we can help you to challenge the decisions and help to resolve any difficult issues.

  • Meet the Team

    Our Wills and Probate team are highly qualified and experienced lawyers and are experts in all aspects of inheritance and estate planning and administration. We always do our best to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.

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.

Why do I need a Will?

Making a will protects your interests when you pass away, and ensures that your loved ones receive what you want them to.

If you pass away without a will (sometimes referred to as intestate) your spouse, unmarried partner, children and other significant relations may not be guaranteed or entitled to their inheritance.

If you would like more information about making a will contact our specialist team for an appointment.

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are legal documents that allow you to authorise someone you trust to make decisions or act on your behalf.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:

Property and financial affairs – which can be used for setting up payments, handling bank affairs or dealing with property transactions. This can be used while you still have mental capacity which can be useful if you become less mobile or if you travel a lot.

Health and welfare – ensures your preferences for medical treatment and ongoing care are taken into account if you become unable to make decisions for yourself.

For your own protection it is important that Lasting Powers of Attorney are set up while you still have mental capacity and can prove that you are capable of making decisions yourself. Many people make the mistake of leaving it too late resulting in often costly and complicated issues for their loved ones to deal with.

If you would like advice on setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney contact our specialist team for an appointment.

What is Probate?

Probate is the legal term used to describe the process of dealing with the affairs of someone who has passed away. It can also be referred to as administering the estate of the deceased.

If you are appointed as the executor of somebody’s will or as an administrator for the estate of someone who has died intestate (without a will) you will be responsible for dealing with probate. This can be a complicated procedure at the best of times and particularly difficult whilst you are mourning the loss of a loved one.

We are able to advise you on all aspects of probate and, if required, can carry out the full administration on your behalf ensuring that you are not personally liable for any costs that may be incurred.

If you would like help with the administration of an estate please contact our specialist team for an appointment.

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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.

What our clients say

  • 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
  • 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
  • The service given to me by Mr C Smalley was outstanding from start to finish arranging a new Will and Powers of Attorney.

    Neville Tizard
  • A very professional team, no matter how small the question may be I found Charles very helpful and he has given me piece of mind. Thank you

    K O – Wills and Probate Client
  • 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
  • Andrew Roberts has been both friendly and forthcoming in his explanation re wills, probate and LPAs. Also kept us in touch with the services you dealt with on our behalf.

    Mr Malcolm Lowe and Mrs Christine Lowe
  • 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
  • Verity displayed a very high degree of competence and professionalism

    Mr M
  • Very caring, thoughtful and understanding.

    BW
  • I was finding making a Will hard to come to terms with but you were so friendly it became an enjoyable experience. Thank You

    Mrs BJT
  • Verity understood our requirements very well and offered us solutions in a practical, efficient way. Excellent communication throughout the process.

    T C and E C
  • A big thank you to Claire Ellis for her pleasant manner and for making things as stress free as possible.

    Mr Anthony Bostock and Mrs Linda Bostock
  • 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
  • Claire was very easy to talk to and passed useful information which enabled me to make good decisions.

    Mrs Mathers
  • Excellent Service – Thanks!

    Christopher Cross and Christine Cross
  • Amazing, Claire is a diamond!

    Mrs Scott
  • Claire was very friendly, supportive and professional. She was able to put the family at ease and answered all questions thoroughly.

    Wills and Probate Client
  • Thank you for your support regarding my mother’s estate. Very Professional support, excellent communication from all at Poole Alcock Solicitors.

    Hazel Francis and Richard Francis
  • Cannot fault the excellent service from Mr Charles Smalley and his secretary in dealing with my father’s estate.

    Clarence Edgar Whitfield
  • Very impressed with your service, from start to finish. Would certainly recommend.

    D & A E
  • A big thank you to Claire Ellis for her pleasant manner and for making it as stress free as possible.

    Anthony Bostock and Linda Bostock
  • The service given to me by Mr Charles Smalley was very efficient from start to finish. Couldn’t fault in any way – Brilliant

    NT – Wills and Probate Client
  • Very friendly and attentive service from Claire. All regulations etc were made very clear. Thank you

    Emma Hudson
  • Thank you all for your hard work. I appreciate everything you have done. Would highly recommend you.

    Mrs J Kelly
  • A stress free and practical approach to enabling me to update my Will. Thank you!

    Mrs S W
  • Verity has been very thorough and professional. We have no hesitancy in recommending her.

    LM and CM
  • Very efficient service and very helpful.

    Mr N S and Mrs D S
  • First rate service in all respects

    NC & AMW
  • The staff are very helpful and professional and explained everything clearly. I would recommend Poole Alcock Solicitors every time.

    A W
  • Excellent, friendly and helpful service from start to finish. Verity was a pleasure to deal with.

    J A K and N A K
  • Making a Will and arranging Lasting Power of Attorney could have been a daunting experience. However, everything was explained with clear detail and understanding of our age group. Thank you Andy very much.

    Brian McGovern and Christine Dorothy McGovern
  • Thank you for all your help, couldn’t have wished for a better person to sort out my affairs. She was very understanding and professional and sensitive. A joy to talk to!

    Mrs Brunskill
  • Prompt efficient service. Completely satisfied with the advice and attention we received at our meetings.

    D E B and B E B
  • Mr Smalley was relaxing and approachable and gave my wife and I every opportunity to put forward our viewpoints without any form of pressure. Our meetings with him were therefore pleasant and constructive experiences.

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

    Trevor and Jane Leese
  • Andrew was excellent in the way he explained everything to us. The advice he also gave was well received. Thank you Andrew.

    Peter Alan Smith and Rosemary Jeannie Smith
  • I am more than satisfied with the service I have received which has always linked knowledge with the utmost courtesy and discretion.

    Mary Jones
  • We would like to thank Danielle Roberts for the help and advice she gave my brother when making his will.

    Mr MM
  • Professional service with a friendly touch from Claire Ellis

    R J P and D P P

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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