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What Our Clients Say
Excellent professional service and good value.Mr W.
You cannot improve on perfection. Excellent service given.Client of Leanne Routledge
Friendly, patient and explained everything very well.Client of Leanne Routledge
All staff polite, responsive, informative, helpful, kind and understanding. I would definitely consider Adam for further legal issues. Maintain the lovely friendly service you provide.Client of Adam Hillier
I liked the way Ms Routledge listened, spoke & wrote my Will in plain English.Client of Leanne Routledge
Very helpful and understanding.Client of Catherine Murton
I felt I was a person not just a customer and was kept informed whilst dealing with mum’s estate. Thanks to Lindsay ChallonerThrilled Client
We were received with patience and kindness from our solicitor.Private client
Found very helpful and pleasant, answered all questions no matter how stupid!Client of Catherine Murton
I was left at peace with what happened. Service is excellent. I cannot think how it could be improved.Client of Leanne Routledge
Very satisfied with the work you did for us. Thank you.Private client
Everything was made very straight forward. We were completely satisfied with every aspect of your service.Client of Leanne Routledge
The service was excellent and would be easy to recommend.Client of Leanne Routledge
Excellent customer service and professionalism.Client of Leanne Routledge
Catherine was very approachable and a pleasure to deal with.Anonymous in relation to Catherine Murton
Thank you to Catherine for her warm manner coupled with professional excellence and efficiency.Client of Catherine Murton
You have been a great help.Client of Leanne Routledge
Excellent Service!Anonymous in relation to Catherine Murton
Thank you for your excellent work concerning my Mums estate. Could you also thank Jenny Cottrell for her help as well. We were so please with all of your help. I would recommend you to all of my friends.Client of Leanne Routledge & Jenny Cottrell
I've used Pardoes for years and always receive good servicePrivate Client RE Leanne Routledge
Legal language is complicated but explained very clearly. Quick, efficient, clear, local, rang one day and appointment the next day!Private client
Because of mobility restrictions, we were very impressed by the personal service that was provided.Private Client
My needs met by friendly competent approachable people. Very happy thank you.Private client re Jacqui Hellings
Nigel dealt with my questions and concerns in a professional and friendly wayPrivate Client RE Nigel Isaac
Everything was explained so clearly and concisely and followed up in writing. A superb team. No hesitation whatsoever to contact Pardoes again. Catherine Murton is superb. My grateful thanks to all concerned.Client of Catherine Murton
Ms Routledge explained everything clearly and answered all my questions.Client of Leanne Routledge
Nigel is very good at his job. He looked after me and my mother so well. 10/10. A*. Keep up the good work you do.Client of Nigel Isaac
Personal attention - professional advice given in a friendly manner.Anonymous in relation to Leanne Routledge
Very courteous and understanding.Client of Leanne Routledge
Personal recommendation is key when choosing a Solicitor and Pardoes have been impressive.Client of Catherine Murton
I only ever experienced a very high standard. Swift, efficient and welcoming.Client of Leanne Routledge
My questions/queries were answered promptly in a way I easily understood. I noticed Pardoes whilst travelling to Yeovil by bus. It had a small, open frontage with off road parking. It looked welcoming and professional. The service was absolutely first class. The receptionists were very professional. I would have no concerns approaching Pardoes for any further help or advice. Catherine Murton is superb.Anonymous in relation to Catherine Murton
Very professional and helpful.Anonymous in relation to Leanne Routledge
All Receptionists were very good at all times. Leanne was very quick to respond and visit home as required. Also very helpful at all times and explained everything fully and carefully.Client of Leanne Routledge
Leanne was so helpful! Thank youPrivate Client RE Leanne Routledge
Legalities were made very easy to understand.Client of Catherine Murton
I walked in off the street, Leanne saw me immediately and completed in a week, very impressed. I must also say your Receptionists were excellent, very friendly.Client of Leanne Routledge
Nigel Isaac put me very much at ease and was very thoughtful when dealing with my husband during home visitsAnonymous in relation to Nigel Isaac
I would recommend Pardoes to someone else because they have been very helpful on a number of occasions. Staff are professional but friendly.Anonymous in relation to Leanne Routledge
I was very grateful to Catherine Murton for all the home visits and especially for bringing forms for me to sign in hospital whilst I was ill and her concern for my health.Grateful Client
Making your Will - a guide to terminology
Intestacy arises where someone dies without making a Will. Their Estate passes in accordance with statutory provisions, which can mean a spouse or civil partner may not be entitled to everything and a cohabitee receives nothing.
Personal Representatives of the Estate are also appointed by statutory provisions, and in the event that the Estate is to pass to children under eighteen this will normally be the surviving parent, even if that parent is not or never has been married to the parent who has passed away. This could mean an ex partner controlling the children’s Trust Fund!
These problems can be avoided by making a Will which deals specifically with these issues.
2. Grant of Probate
Is the document issued to your Executors by the High Court and which authorises them to administer your Estate and carry out the terms of your Will.
Your Executors are responsible for dealing with the Administration of your Estate by establishing the extent of your assets, discharging any debts, paying funeral expenses, Inheritance Tax, etc. They are also responsible for paying legacies and distributing the rest of your Estate in accordance with your Will.
Any adult can be an Executor and an Executor can be a beneficiary under your Will. If you intend to leave all or most of your Estate to one beneficiary you may wish to appoint him/her as sole Executor. Otherwise it is usually best to appoint at least two Executors (the maximum is four). Pardoes can be appointed as your Executors and this may be beneficial if your Estate is complicated or the Will may be contested.
Your Will may create a trust, even if only to hold money for a child beneficiary until they are eighteen. It is your Trustees who would hold and invest the money in the meantime. It is usual to appoint the same persons as both Executors and Trustees, but different people can be appointed if desired.
It is desirable to appoint guardians if you have children who may be under eighteen at your death. Any appointment will normally take effect only after both parents have died.
2.4 Funeral Arrangements
Your Will can set out your wishes as to burial/cremation and funeral formalities. It can also say if you wish your body to be used for transplant surgery or for medical research. However, as the Will may not be read for some time after your death, it is more important to let your family/friends know your wishes.
2.5.1 Pecuniary Legacies - these are simple cash gifts to individuals or e.g. Charities. Unless your Will says otherwise, these legacies are free of Inheritance Tax. If you wish, you can provide for a pecuniary legacy:
126.96.36.199 to be given priority, in case you do not leave enough to enable all your legacies to be paid in full
188.8.131.52 to increase in amount between the making of your Will and the date of your death, by a fixed annual percentage, or in line with inflation.
2.5.2 Specific Bequests - these are gifts of specified items in your Will, such as jewellery, furniture or land. These gifts are also free of Inheritance Tax unless your Will says otherwise. Specific bequests normally have priority over pecuniary legacies.
2.6 Residuary Estate
This expression means all that remains of your Estate after your Executors have paid:
2.6.1 your debts and funeral expenses
2.6.2 your legacies and bequests
2.6.3 legal fees, etc., on administering your Estate
2.6.4 any Inheritance Tax
It is important to include a residuary gift in your Will and it is usually to provide an alternative, in case your first choice beneficiary dies before you. For instance, you may give your entire Estate to your spouse/civil partner, but if he/she dies before you then to your children and/or grandchildren.
Rather than making a gift outright it can be placed into trust so a beneficiary only receives the income from it, with the capital passing to another beneficiary after their death or alternatively with all benefit at the Trustees discretion.
3. Inheritance Tax
Is payable at 40% on the value of the Estate at death, together with gifts made in the previous seven years, exceeding the Nil Rate Band (currently £325,000). If your Estate exceeds that value, you may wish to try to reduce the impact of the tax either by disposing of assets now, or by other means. In valuing your Estate, please remember to include, for example, life policies and pension scheme benefits which may form part of your Estate.
Since October 2007 the unused part of the Nil Rate Band of the first to die can be used by the survivor’s estate. Please ask for our Inheritance Tax planning leaflet if you think you will need advice on this subject.
4. Lasting Power of Attorney
When making a Will, you should also consider completing a Lasting Power of Attorney to appoint one or more people of your choice to look after your financial affairs if you became unable to do so because of mental or physical impairment.
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