Our Probate and Administration Service
Bereavement is a very difficult time and we are pleased to offer a comprehensive Probate Service tailored to meet your individual situation.
Our solicitor specialising in this area is Naomi Pinder. Naomi was admitted as a solicitor in 1988 and has specialised in private client since September 1997, so she has a vast amount of experience in helping clients in relation to both planning for the future (making Wills, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney) and administering estates after a person has died. Naomi is used to dealing with estates where there is a Will and also where the person has died without leaving a legally valid Will.
Naomi is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly which is a professional body of lawyers who specialise in this area of the law and she has a dedicated assistant Charlotte Worsley who will always be pleased to help.
Naomi will have care of your file and is always pleased to help if you have any queries or concerns during your case. You can contact Naomi by telephone (0151 428 2472) or by e mail (email@example.com) and if she is not available straightaway, Naomi will contact you as soon as practical. If Naomi is away from the office, for example seeing clients in their home or delivering training, Charlotte will be able to assist you.
Naomi is dedicated to providing an efficient and cost-effective service for clients. An issue regarding legal costs is when they are unknown because they are measured in accordance with the time which is reasonably spent in dealing with the matter.
Naomi is used to talking about legal costs with clients so that there are no surprises at the ends of the case. She approaches costs in a matter of fact manner and she takes care that clients understand how costs will work. The costs and expenses are called testamentary expenses which means that they are paid from the person’s estate. The exception to this rule is if the estate does not have sufficient funds to pay the costs, for example the estate only includes a house or if it is insolvent. It is only in this case that the client is required to pay the costs directly, simply because there is no cash in the estate to pay the fees. The legal position is the same as applies to the payment of funeral costs.
It is important to Naomi that the service provides good value for money and this may involve collaborative working, this means that the family take responsibility for certain things such as dealing with the household bills, clearing the house or contacting the banks. There is no pressure at all for families to do this and it may not be possible for all sorts of reasons, for example the family don’t live locally. Naomi will discuss this with the family.
In relation to costs, if the family take responsibility for certain things, it will reduce the costs.
It must be emphasised that each client’s situation is unique and Naomi will take time to talk, so that there is understanding and agreement about the service and costs.
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