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Wills and Probate

Our Senior Partner Tim Seal is in charge of our Wills & Probate department. He has extensive experience in dealing with Wills and Probate matters and offers a friendly, thoroughly professional and highly competitive service. From the most straight forward Will, to Grants of Probate and including estates involving inheritance tax, Hattersleys can help you deal with it all and are always happy to assist.

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Estate planning

The two main considerations when planning how to structure your Will are;

1. Inheritance Tax planning
2. Care Home fee avoidance planning

There are strategic choices to be made which may include lifetime gifts, splitting the ownership of your house and leaving a life interest to your spouse/partner, changing the nature of your investments, leaving legacies to appropriate persons, making sure the grandchildren are looked after etc. We offer a £10 fixed fee initial interview to discuss the options that are available, and appropriate to you.

If you would like to discuss a potential matter or would like any further information then please contact one of our team using the details shown on this page.

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Probate and Estate Administration

There are generally three stages to dealing with a probate application;

1. Collecting all relevant information from banks / investment companies to discover the extent of the deceased person's assets and liabilities
2. Using that information to fill in the probate application documents for submission to the Probate Registry, so that they can grant Probate to enable to estate to be wound up i.e. the bank accounts closed, any property sold etc
3. Sending the Grant of Probate to the banks etc to request that all accounts be closed, before distributing the funds in accordance with the Will / the rules of Intestacy (where there is no Will).

We offer a full estate administration service on an hourly charging basis. Our firm does not charge a percentage of the estate for dealing with the administration, unlike many banks and other solicitors. If you would like to discuss a potential matter or would like any further information then please contact one of our team.

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Wills

We know that the thought of making a Will is often an unpleasant prospect, it is vital to make known what you want to happen with your assets on your death. Making a Will is always important, but particularly so when;

If you don't leave a Will, your estate will be distributed in accordance with the Rules of Intestacy. These rules often do not result in your assets going where you yourself would have wished them to go. Therefore a will is more than a good idea – it ought to be a priority whether or not you are feeling less immortal than you used to! We can provide home visits within the Dearne Valley area if you are not able to attend at our offices.

If you would like to discuss a potential matter or would like any further information then please contact Mr Seal's department.

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Will Disputes

Disputes can arise in many different scenarios following the death of a friend or family member. Whether you believe a will may be invalid, fails to make provision for you or you are unhappy with how the estate is being dealt with, we can advise you as to what your options are.

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LPA

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which gives another person authority to act on your behalf if you are physically or mentally no longer able to deal with your own affairs. With the population getting older and more people suffering from conditions such as dementia, an increasing number of people need someone to be able to deal with their affairs for them. If a person loses their mental or physical capacity and do not have a LPA in place, the family of that person (the Patient) are required to apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as a Deputy for the Patient, which costs several times more than a LPA, takes a much longer time, and ultimately means that the Court of Protection, rather than the Patient themselves, are deciding who to appoint to deal with the Patients affairs.

If you choose to make a Lasting Power of Attorney, the benefits are:

1. You can choose your own attorneys – people you know you can trust completely
2. You will pay substantially less than if you were required to apply to the Court of Protection, and the costs of a LPA are a one off fixed fee payment, whereas there are on-going annual costs when dealing with the Court of Protection
3. Your LPA can be registered immediately while you still have capacity, and then should you lose capacity the LPA will be ready for immediate use, meaning there will be no 'gap' in the running of your financial affairs, whereas an application to the Court of Protection could take several months, meaning your family could struggle financially to keep you whilst the Court application is in the process
4. You can put limits on what your attorneys can do, so if there is anything you particularly do not want your attorneys to deal with you can clarify this from the outset, rather than leaving it up to the discretion of the Court of Protection, who have no real knowledge of what you personally would want

If you would like to discuss a potential matter or would like any further information then please contact Mr Seal's department.

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Court of Protection

A Court of Protection Order appointing a person to be a "Deputy" for an incapacitated person will be necessary if someone loses their mental faculties, yet they need to have someone control and protect their finances. The Court of Protection process is a quite meticulous process and should be started as soon as possible into someone's mental incapacity so that the Order can be put in place as soon as possible. The Deputy can then go on to manage the affairs of the incapacitated person.

The Court of Protection process requires various people to be advised about the Court application, including a set list of relatives. All of these people will get the chance to object to the appointment of a person as Deputy if they feel that the Deputy is not an appropriate choice.

A doctor's certification will be required in order to establish that a person has definitely lost their mental capacity. The doctor is likely to charge a fee for preparing such a report, and the fees tend to vary from one doctor to the next. The Court requires an insurance bond to be taken out by the Deputy so that if they abscond with any money or assets then the person who has lost capacity can be reimbursed.

From the outline above it can be seen that help may be required to enable you to deal with an application to the Court of Protection. If you would like to discuss a potential matter or would like any further information then please contact Mr Seal's department.

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Family Departments

We can help you in relation to the following:

If you would like to discuss a potential matter or would like any further information then please contact Mr Seal's department.

Tim Seal: tcseal@hattersleys.co.uk
D Skelton: dskelton@hattersleys.co.uk

Telephone: 01709 582434

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Personal injury

We know that suffering a personal injury can be a very upsetting time. There are worries about finances, making a claim, worries about the future...

At Hattersleys we understand the importance of making sure our clients have all the information they need and we help them every step of the way when proceeding with a claim.

We deal with all aspects of personal injury including road traffic accidents, trips and fall, medical negligence and much more.

Our team consists of Mr Priestley and his Secretary Anna. We believe that a small team promotes a more personal and intimate approach. We pride ourselves on giving clients a friendly and down to earth service.

We approach each claim individually and will keep you up to date with everything we are doing for you.

The majority of claims are funded by a 'no win no fee' agreement which will ensure that you will not be required to pay costs should your claim be unsuccessful.

When dealing with a claim we can help in all aspects of the process, from organising medical appointments with experts, rehabilitation needs, counselling and just generally being there for the client.

Neil Priestley sees clients at our office or he will come to see you at home or hospital if you are unable to attend us.

What we do

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Criminal Injury Compensation Claims

If you are the victim of a crime of violence you may be uncertain about the rights you have to claim compensation for the injuries that you have suffered. Here at Hattersleys, we will be able to advise you on your range of options to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

One of the options is through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. This is a government based scheme, and all applications are proceeded within the strict scheme rules and guidelines.

At Hattersleys we assist in guiding you through the application process and advising you upon the compensation which you could expect to receive. We can assist with this work on a no win no fee agreement which will ensure that you will not need to pay costs should your claim be unsuccessful, or if you prefer, a fixed fee agreement.

The matter will be dealt with by Neil Priestley and his assistant Anna who will be only too happy to help and guide you through the process.

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Employment Advice

You may be having a difficult time at work and feel unfairly treated by your employers or colleagues. It is important to know your rights in relation to these matters to properly assess your options.

Mr Priestley will discuss all aspects of your problems with you and advise you on the law and your options regarding the difficulties that you may have. We can arrange to speak to you at an initial interview for a fixed fee so that you do not have to worry about the cost of obtaining the advice.

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Compromise Agreements

You may have been selected for redundancy and have been asked by your employers to get independent legal advice regarding your departure from your employers. This is generally within a legal document called a Compromise Agreement. We will guide you through the documents and the things that you will need to be aware of before you agree the terms proposed by your employers.

Generally, the employers will pay all or most of our fees. We will therefore be able to give you first class advice in relation to the Compromise Agreement at little or no cost to you.

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Equity Release

Your home may be the biggest asset that you have during your lifetime. A number of people now have properties worth a substantial amount but have little or no income or savings. In these circumstances you may be considering an Equity Release mortgage which, in simple terms, allows you to release capital from the value of your property, and may not have to be repaid until after you have died.

We always recommend that you seek independent financial advice to assess which Equity Release scheme provides the best value for money for you. We can advise on the legal aspects of the Equity Release in order that you can be sure that you are fully aware of the effects that Equity Release can have on your property and your estate.

Please contact Neil Priestley or his assistant Anna and we will arrange an appointment and advise you of what documents we will need to have sent to us from your Equity Release provider and thereafter we will guide you through the process advising you every step of the way. We offer a very competitive fixed fee arrangement for this service, so you can be confident of the costs involved in the matter before you proceed.

Neil Priestley: npriestley@hattersleys.co.uk
Anna Collins: acollins@hattersleys.co.uk

Telephone: 01709 582434

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Property

Here at Hattersleys we understand that moving home can be a daunting experience and we pride ourselves on our commitment to client satisfaction throughout. Our firm is an established panel member of all of the major lenders and we are accredited with the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

Let us take the stress out of the conveyancing procedure - these are just a few ways in which we aim to simplify the entire process:-

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