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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

Clarence Edgar Whitfield

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Professional service with a friendly touch from Claire Ellis

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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

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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

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We would highly reccommend Claire. She made the task in hand much more pleasant than it might have been.

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Please submit your information and a member of the Poole Alcock team will respond to you as soon as possible. If you have a quick question, please feel free to call 0800 389 7093

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