Christmas time approaches and most families are planning their holidays or restful breaks which they intend to spend with friends and family. Pain and sadness is magnified even more at Christmas time than it seems during the rest of the year. Although losing a loved one at any time of the year is always heart-breaking and a time of grief, there is something about a loss at Christmas time that seems to be that much more devastating. Lodge Brothers have had the honour of assisting families with their loss and grief at this time of year for many years and so we are heightened to the fact that losing a loved one at this time is simply heart-wrenching. Even more so when faced with the death of a young person or someone with a young family. During this time traditionally filled with laughter and joy, some families are quietened by the blanket of grief and uncertainty when a loved on passes. Lodge Brothers funeral directors are permanently on call when the unexpected happens and the festive season is no exception.
For those families afflicted by death during the festive season, however, “good will” is not the only will that they may be faced with. You may also need to consider your own Will. It is our wish to you this Christmas time to remember that it is sadly no only older folk who pass away and that those with young families are generally the most unprepared when it comes to having a will in place in case of their unforeseen passing. It is the family members left behind that have to most to lose when a parent fails to plan for the unexpected event of their own passing. The sad truth is that Lodge Brothers Legal Services Addlestone Wills, have seen many instances where a family has suffered as the result of parents not preparing Wills or equally as detrimental, preparing of a Will that is not correctly administered. Ascot Wills and Ashford Wills Legal Services assist clients with the correct and legal preparation of a valid Will.
Dont let your family become one which contributes to the Will statistics which show that 70% of people over 18 do not have their own Will in place. Complications which arise from this fact will weigh heavily on those left behind who will need to know how to deal with your estate as you would have wanted it to be dealt with. This is too large a task to leave to another who is already struggling with the burden of your loss and the logistics of dealing with a funeral. Especially at Christmas time, complications are made worse merely by the fact that it is that time of year and emotions and stress levels are already usually at peak levels. Look after your family in death as you would want to in life by taking care of the details that need to be taken care of and alleviating them of that added stress. It is the best gift that you could possibly give to your family this Christmas season.
When life plays you a hand that you can neither play nor fold on; when in the moment you are stuck and do not know where to turn when you can hardly keep the thoughts in your head from running so much so that you can no longer focus on any of them, you need assistance with the events that have been laid at your foot. Lodge Brothers are there to help!
The uniqueness of Lodge Brothers service lies in the variety of services which Lodge Brothers can assist you with and the way in which we can help you through difficult times in your life. Most often than not, when you reach out to Lodge Brothers there is an underlying purpose residing perhaps in uncertainty and fear or it because you are trying to avoid uncertainty. Lodge Brothers is sensitive to your specific set of circumstances and mindful to provide you with the most relevant and cost effective options to assist you with the many options available to help you.
Lodge Brothers have run the business for over 7 generations with 6 family members still involved as funeral directors which are a testament to the dedication that the family has to service and guide you and your loved ones through this process. A calling set deep in the hearts of our family, which is infused into all Lodge locations throughout the UK. We count each and every Lodge Brother branch as being set in the same mould as the original Lodge brothers, William and Stanley.
With centuries of experience, Lodge Brothers found that there was more than just need that our families had when dealing with funerals and so development our Lodge Legal services divisions. Duplicating the same good work ethos of “family first”, our legal services not only provides professional services such as probate, probate property evaluations, wills and lasting powers of attorney, but they also provide the same empathetic and respectful guidance and personal service. These services, are provided at these locations: Power of Attorney Chertsey, Power of Attorney Guildford and Power of Attorney Ham
Family run business, Lodge Brothers, has been assisting families for more than 200 years in and around the UK, from branches in every major city. The reputation of Lodge Brothers precedes the service offerings and families and loved ones can rest assured that their needs in times of grief will be met professionally and with a personal touch. Lodge Brothers arrange and assist with funerals as well as provides all other services which you may come to need during the loss of a loved one. Lodge Brothers has come to personally understand the specific and unique needs of each and every family who we have had the privilege to engage with. In order to assist and extend our funeral services, Lodge Brothers introduced Lodge Brothers Legal Services. Our Legal Services division was set up with the goal of providing our customers help with probate, wills and lasting power of attorneys all of which can be difficult aspects to deal with before, during and after a loved one passes.
Lodge Brothers understand the importance of being prepared for any eventuality. While many hope that when it comes time for their passing that this time will not end up being a time of great stress for our families. Losing someone close to you is difficult under any circumstances but when it comes to certain aspects, its always good to know that contingencies are in place prior to the event thereby alleviating any undue stress and anxiety when the time comes.
With that in mind, Lodge Brothers can also assist with the lasting power of attorney which will safe-guard an individual should their faculties begin to fade in later life. Being prepared for every eventuality can be difficult especially when we cannot see to the future to know what is coming down the line. Which is why identifying a power of attorney to assist and speak for you when you are not able to, is highly recommended.
A lasting power of attorney is a legal document which is written authorisation allowing your attorney to act on your behalf should you become unable or unwilling to make decisions for yourself, as you reach old age, allowing you to choose now for when you may become unable to in the future and rest assured that you have someone with the power and authority to stand next to you and advocate on your behalf when you are not able to.
Lodge Brothers Legal Services highly recommends a proactive approach to this possibility and Lodge Brothers power of attorney Chertsey or Power of Attorney Ham will advise and help you to set this up for a fixed fee which is agreed ahead of time. Lodge Brothers have several branches around the UK providing this convenient lasting power of attorney services, remaining accessible to our clients at all times. Our dedicated attorneys have years of experience and are ready to assist you with any questions and enquiries that you have regarding this beneficial legal service.
Lodge Brothers funeral services is always here to help. We know how unpredictable life can be on a daily basis and that things happen when you least expect it. This is why we make ourselves available at any time on any day, by phone or email. With 533,253 deaths in Wales and the UK in 2017. The office of National statistics shows that the provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 31 August 2018 was 7,865. Yourmoney.com reports that “Around 60% of UK adults still haven’t made a will, according to new research from Unbiased.co.uk, leaving around 31 million people at risk of dying intestate. If you die without a will your estate will be distributed solely according to intestacy law, which may not reflect your wishes.”
Karen Barrett, CEO and founder of Unbiased, said “It’s clear that many people think they’re just not ‘rich enough’ to need a will. This ignores the fact that a will makes inheritance a far quicker process – do they really want to keep their loved ones waiting longer, when that money might be badly needed? It also doesn’t take into account the complexity of modern families, which intestacy law simply doesn’t address. Children from previous marriages could end up receiving nothing at all.”
At Lodge Brothers, we agree that this is the essential issue surrounding those who pass away without a will and encourage customers who we meet on a daily basis, not to find themselves in the same position as their loved ones who have gone before them. The financial consequences when a loved one dies affects the whole family and especially when there is a young family involved, this can have lasting and irreversible long-lasting effects on the family unit and extended family members. While you may not feel that you are rich enough to have a will, consider what the effects would be on your family should they have to love just one month or one week if you are a weekly paid individual.
At Lodge Brothers we have options to suit every pocket and take pride in extending a helping hand to our hundreds of clients in our local areas. You can find our offices in your local areas simply by visiting our website and searching by location. You will find that we have offices in all locations and we offer additional probate services. For example, should you be looking for probate in Chertsey, Ham or Guildford, simply search probate Chertsey, probate Ham or probate Guildford to find your local branch and contact telephone number or email address. Otherwise you can go to our branch locator search feature, capture your nearest branch, town name of post code, for ease of access to information concerning all services we offer. If you’d like to know a little more about our services, we can send our ‘Guide to Arranging A Funeral’ to your home, or you can view and download a PDF. Click here to obtain.
Preparing a will for when you pass away is one of the most important things that you can do with your life, or so we have all heard… but is it really true that not having a will is going to cause problems for those you leave behind? Or is this just another fear-based threat designed to get us to jump into action and act by paying someone else to do our will for us, when in fact we could either do it ourselves or leave it all together? After all, there are rules in place which must be followed when we die, to ensure that the possessions we gather in life, are distributed amongst the family we leave behind. Why is the threat of not having a will shrouded in so many layers of alarming outcomes for those who are affected?
The fact is that there absolutely are rules which govern the passing of assets on to family once a person has deceased. These rules are fairly straight forward and not at all difficult to apply because as with everything based in the law, there is little to no room for personal interpretation nor much capacity for a person to manipulate the rules. And it does not necessarily require an attorney’s degree to construct a simple will which is easy to understand and follow in order to ensure that the assets are distributed as they were intended to be among the family members.
However what if a person has a complicated or unknown scenario which only comes to light once the person has passed and they have not prepared a will? Or have prepared a Will which for some reason or another, such as it not being correctly witnessed, is invalid in the eyes of the law? The estate immediately considered as being intestate. Once a person’s possessions are intestate, the rules of intestacy apply. If that is the case then only married or civil partners, children and close relatives stand to benefit from the inheritance. The primary beneficiary is considered to be the husband, wife or civil partner (note: a civil partner differs from a “common law” partner).
Intestacy laws are there for substantially limiting and possibilities in life are infinite meaning that there are more scenarios under which a person may pass away, which cannot be covered by the rules governing wills. What is a parent has passed without a valid will and has 2 children, one estranged for decades and one who cared for that parent right throughout their life, up until they reached their death-bed, leaving that child cash-strapped due to the high costs of care and medicines, for the parent. By intestate law, both siblings would stand to inherit the estate equally and this is something, while difficult, that the parent would not necessarily want.
Wills can be drawn up quickly and inexpensively at any of our Wills Chertsey, Wills Guildford and Wills Ham offices of Lodge Brothers. Inquire today regarding your unique requirements for your will to ensure that your family members benefit properly from the distribution of your possessions and assets on your passing.
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Inevitably life tends to have a way of getting away with us. We leave school as young adults, searching for incomes which will allow us the independence that we so covet. Earning money means we have the power to make the choices about our own lives that feel so important to us at the time.
Whether our goals are to grow our careers, or to start a family, independence generally decreases as we become more financially viable. What begins as an endeavour to be the best person that we can be, results in the accrual of material things and people. The car you save for to empower freedom of choice in your life becomes an asset. The type of social interactions which you choose, leads to you meet like minded individuals and perhaps eventually results in a joining of kindred spirits in matrimony or the like. Families grow, houses grow, need for a more stable income grows. All of these things that you need to build to sustain your life, become your assets. You have a choice over them in life. So too, do you have a choice over them in death.
Life unwittingly takes hold of us and often times, the administration of your life is left at the bottom of the list of things to do. Stats show that 70% of adults living in the UK passed away last year without a will. Your will is your last chance to make voice heard and to have your final choices carried out as you would have done if you were still around. By not planning your estate via your will, you leave a lot to chance. And if you haven’t lived your life relying on chance, why let it be the case in your death. Not one person knows your wishes and desires as well as you do so when you die without a will and your estate is then governed by the laws of intestacy which means that everything that you have worked your whole life to attain is now governed by a set of rules. Only married or civil partners and some of your close relatives are able to inherit your estate under the laws of intestacy.
Choosing to prepare a will allows you to decide who inherits your estate and Lodge Brothers Power of Attorney Twickenham and Lodge Brothers Power of Attorney Feltham can help you do just that!
All our fees are fixed and agreed in advance starting from £475 +VAT (£570 inc. VAT) plus OPG registration fee of £82.