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When a loved one passes away, we often receive telephone calls from family members who simply do not know where to start. Often families feel that there must be a million and one tasks to be getting on with and they are not sure which to prioritise, and which can be left on the back…

By acting as an Executor you take on a key responsibility to protect the estate of the deceased. In many cases the substantial asset of the deceased is the former family home so you must act quickly to protect the asset. What are the steps you should take if the property is unoccupied? You should…

Among the Private Client team, clients often ask us whether putting their home into the names of their adult children would be a good idea. This is usually due to concerns about the costs of care as they become elderly, or perhaps fears that their home would have to be sold to pay Inheritance Tax…

Who will pay for litigation and how much it will cost are two of the most frequently asked questions by clients. A common response is that “it depends”. Below I explore that answer. Before court proceedings commence Each party bears their own costs and generally you cannot recover your costs from the other party. The…

For those who have had to undertake the task of obtaining a Grant of Probate recently, you may have noticed that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic seems to be affecting turnaround times on various key parts of the process, right from the start with the “Tell Us Once” government service, all the way through to the…

At the start of September 2020, the Private Client department expanded with Charlotte Corcoran qualifying from Trainee Solicitor to Solicitor. Having qualified, Charlotte joined the Private Client team to work alongside Hilary Buckle, Jane Whitfield, Vanessa Ruparel and Juliette Spanner on various matters including Wills, Probates, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Charlotte has a…

Digital assets have a very broad definition but essentially it means an electronic record in which an individual has a right or an interest. The digital asset should be treated separately from the device on which it sits, so for example you may leave your computer to your son, but the family photos stored on…

Traditionally some of the main things to consider when someone has died are whether there is a valid Will, what assets the deceased owned and who is going to inherit after the administration of the estate had been completed.  However, as technology continues to advance and social media becomes a way of life there are…

Most challenges to wills which become headline news follow the theme of children who have been left less than they expected by their parent(s), or sometimes nothing at all. What is much less commonly reported is when a charity is the entity challenging or defending a contested probate. But it happens, its frequency is on…

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Lockdown 2021

Business as usual in unusual times. We are continuing with all legal work during Lockdown 2021. We are still working hard on behalf of clients old and new. We are still conducting most meetings by telephone and/or via conferencing facilities. In particular we are pleased to continue to offer our fixed fee meetings of £95 inclusive of VAT for one hour, to enable clients to explore any new legal matter with which they are concerned.

We have reduced numbers of staff in our office as many employees are working from home where possible via email/video/telephone calls. (All data is secure.) Please do not come into our offices without an appointment. Thank you for your ongoing and loyal support and on behalf of everyone at Barrett and Co Solicitors we hope you remain safe and well. Please do email or call us for our virtual appointments on 0118 958 9711 or email [email protected] (or the direct email address of your Barrett & Co contact).