http://www.simpsonmillar.co.uk/services/willsandprobate/willsandprobate.aspx – Hi. I am Sian Thompson from Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors and my area of specialism is dealing with Wills and Probate work.
In the Wills and Probate Department obviously we deal with Wills and Probate work. The Wills can be anything from very straightforward Wills or very complex ones for complex situations, single Wills or mirror Wills for married couples and we look at what your individual needs are when dealing with those Wills.
We deal with all kinds of probate work eg arrangements after a bereavement. Quite often there isnt the need to apply for formal Probate but if you speak to us first we can identify what is needed and assist along the way, quite often if somebody owns a house in joint names then there is no need for Probate or if there is only some small bank accounts, again you can claim the bank accounts and close them without getting a formal Grant of Probate but we can give you help with each aspect, and if Probate is needed then not only do we help with that but we can assist with all aspects of the practical arrangements such as ensuring that there is buildings insurance, that we can help re-direct post, notify Council Tax and utility companies and even send a passport back to the passport office and usually all that is done under a fixed fee where possible.
As well as Wills and Probate work in the department my specialism covers all sorts of other areas particularly with legal concerns for the elderly. For example, setting up Powers of Attorney. A Will deals with what happens when you die but the Power of Attorney deals with what happens when you are still alive but if you lose mental capacity, for example alzheimers or senile dementia or actually if you are just going abroad for a period time then you might want to appoint Attorneys to deal with your finances. Lasting Powers of Attorney can be set up for either financial affairs or also for personal welfare and again we discuss that with you and decide what is best for your individual circumstances.
Another aspect that I deal with is Trust work and that is quite varied and in some cases quite complex and we look at different types of Trusts in terms of what is needed for you, so that might be a Will Trust, looking after a disabled child or alternatively we deal with Personal Injury Trusts, so that if you have a personal injury settlement then we put that settlement money into Trust and thats not counted when it comes to the Benefits Agency assessing means tested benefits.
I also deal with a whole range of other queries from Care Fees to Equity Release Loans and the bottom line is if you think you have got a legal query that we can assist with then please contact me either by telephone or my email and we will take it from there.
Call us now on freephone: 0808 129 3320 or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch with you
Sian Thompson, Head of Wills and Probate
Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors
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