CORONAVIRUS UPDATE APRIL 2021

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!

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Recent studies show that over 60% of people in the UK do not have a valid Will.  Thinking about death is never easy but nonetheless, it is one part of life that is inevitable and will happen to all of us at some point.  It is, therefore, extremely important to have a will so that you ensure your loved ones are protected and your do not die intestate (without a will).

If you die without a will, your estate may not be distributed as you wish, and it can be time consuming and stressful for your loved ones to sort out. The “intestacy rules” make very basic provision for your loved ones which may not be what you would want. Your estate will be shared out with your wife, husband or civil partner getting the first £250,000, your personal possessions, and half of what remains after that, is split with any children you have once they reach the age of 18.

A Will is an important document for everyone.

For younger families a Will can be used to appoint guardians and trustees who will look after children and their inheritance until they are old enough to do so for themselves.

For unmarried couples, a Will is essential to ensure that the survivor will inherit as without a Will the law leaves everything to blood relatives i.e. parents, brothers and sisters or children of the deceased rather than their partner. Your partner does not have an automatic right to inherit and could be left homeless.

For people who have married for the second time or with families from a previous relationship a carefully drafted Will can provide for your new husband or wife whilst still protecting your assets for your own children.

A will can assist older couples who are worried about their assets being used to pay for care costs after one of them has died.

A Will can provide a trust and can protect vulnerable members of the family who may have health, financial or relationship problems.

For people who are over the inheritance tax threshold, a will can reduce the amount of tax payable.

It is important to review your will regularly to ensure that it continues to reflect your wishes.  Marriage revokes a will, so it is important to write a new one.  New babies may arrive, or you might lose someone in your family.  Your will may need to be reviewed if you divorce, inherit assets or buy property.

There is never a right time to write a will and it is always on the list of jobs to do, so don’t delay it any further.

Battrick Clark Solicitors can answer any questions you have and can help you through the process.  Get in touch on 0117 973 1391 or rhianne@battrickclark.co.uk