A message to our clients:

With the recent move to allow shops and offices to fully re-open, we will continue to review our policy on clients attending our offices. Currently, we are not inviting clients into the office but we are able to briefly meet with clients by appointment at the door of the office. Please note that face coverings are still required indoors until further notice. We remain committed to following the Government guidelines as rules continue to change in line with the easing of lockdown.

We continue to operate our business as usual across all the services that we offer our clients, both current and prospective.

We continue to offer teleconference-based or telephone consultations.. We are aware that not everyone has been offered full vaccination yet and understand that some people may feel safer continuing with socially distanced communications.

Our family and wills / probate solicitors continue to offer initial advice remotely by video conferencing and by telephone for up to one hour (as advertised on this website). Please call us if you would like to speak to one of our experts.

If you have a case in court, please telephone us so we can discuss representation.

We appreciate your patience, support and understanding over the past year since the restrictions related to the pandemic began. We hope you continue to stay safe, and wish you a brighter 2021!

Talk to a solicitor today 0117 973 1391

Christmas and New Year are just around the corner and I am sure that many of you reading this blog will make resolutions (as I will) that are ultimately doomed to fail.
They typically start with good intentions but given that they normally require all year round effort, it is difficult to maintain the necessary motivation. Further, resolutions typically end up costing you money which could have been put to better use elsewhere. For example, the classic gym membership costs around £50 a month. If it is used for 3 months (or maybe 4 at a push) and then never visited again, wasting the rest of the year’s membership payments will cost you £450.
However one New Year’s resolution that you will categorically never regret is instructing a solicitor to draft your will. Around 66% of the population do not have a will. Not having one means that you have no control over to whom your estate passes to or who is appointed to administer it. Further, not leaving a will could lead to you paying more tax and cause more stress to your bereaved loved ones.
In my experience, people are completely unaware of the dangers of not leaving a will. In particular, unmarried couples who could, potentially, be hardest hit by not leaving a will. More needs to be done to educate people about the importance of leaving a valid will and the negative effects of not leaving one. The cost of making a will at Battrick Clark is £250 plus VAT. Although arguably not an insubstantial cost, it is one of the most important documents that you will ever have and it is a bargain compared to that wasted gym membership!
To all our readers, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – now make a will!

Ryan Morgan