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What Our Clients Say
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
Excellent professional service and good value.Mr W.
I have found everyone extremely helpful and patient in explaining the processes.Ms T.
I've used Pardoes for years and always receive good servicePrivate Client RE Leanne Routledge
I only ever experienced a very high standard. Swift, efficient and welcoming.Client of Leanne Routledge
Very friendly, made to feel at ease on difficult subject.Ms B.
Because of mobility restrictions, we were very impressed by the personal service that was provided.Private Client
I liked the way Ms Routledge listened, spoke & wrote my Will in plain English.Client of Leanne Routledge
We were received with patience and kindness from our solicitor.Private client
Easy to pop into clinic at David Hall. Liked Catherine very much. Helpful clear explanations.Ms H.
You have been a great help.Client of Leanne Routledge
You cannot improve on perfection. Excellent service given.Client of Leanne Routledge
Friendly, patient and explained everything very well.Client of Leanne Routledge
Very helpful and understanding.Client of Catherine Murton
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
Nigel dealt with my questions and concerns in a professional and friendly wayPrivate Client RE Nigel Isaac
The advice and service I received was to a high standard and to my satisfaction.Ms A.
I found Nigel very helpful and offered advice on related matters such as social care and funeral arrangements. I was impressed by the price, given that you had to come to me.Ms B.
Very satisfied with the work you did for us. Thank you.Private client
Friendly, efficient and everything explained clearlyMr & Mrs R
The service was excellent and would be easy to recommend.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
Polite, friendly and helpful service.Mr & Mrs U.
Ms Routledge explained everything clearly and answered all my questions.Client of Leanne Routledge
Personally, I think everything was done excellently. Everything was so well worded that I understood it all.Ms D.
Excellent service. Adam explained everything extremely simply and well.Mr & Mrs W.
An excellent service provided by an excellent Solicitor. I would have had great difficulty without your assistance - thank you.Ms R.
Legal language is complicated but explained very clearly. Quick, efficient, clear, local, rang one day and appointment the next day!Private client
A good job well done, at a difficult time, Thank you.Ms P.
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
Your professionalism, your ability to be reassuring throughout the deserts of radio silence from the suits and your general good humour made the whole process much less painful than it might otherwise have been. As one whose default response is a Victor Meldrew harrumph, I am very grateful.Anonymous
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
All hassle free - I appreciated the fact that Pardoes came to me.Mr S.
My needs met by friendly competent approachable people. Very happy thank you.Private client re Jacqui Hellings
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
Good customer service and a solicitor who listens to what you want.Ms K.
Everything you said and did removed our worries and stress. The service was exemplary. Thank you.Mr & Mrs S.
Excellent service throughout. Everyone made me feel completely at ease.Mr D.
Excellent customer service and professionalism.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 felt I was a person not just a customer and was kept informed whilst dealing with mumâ€™s estate. Thanks to Lindsay ChallonerThrilled Client
Leanne was so helpful! Thank youPrivate Client RE Leanne Routledge
Very courteous and understanding.Client of 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
I was anxious about discussing my affairs. However, it became clear quickly that my anxieties were unfounded. I felt comfortable during our discussions. My problems were listened to. I was treated as an individual.Anonymous
Personal recommendation is key when choosing a Solicitor and Pardoes have been impressive.Client of Catherine Murton
Found very helpful and pleasant, answered all questions no matter how stupid!Client of Catherine Murton
Adam was very professional and knowledgeable. He answered all my questions and followed my instructions.Ms A.
We would both like to thank you for the guidance and support you gave to us during what was a very difficult period. It is a great relief to be able to look forward after such a long time.Mr & Mrs S.
I was left at peace with what happened. Service is excellent. I cannot think how it could be improved.Client of Leanne Routledge
Excellent service. Adam explained everything extremely simply and well.Mr & Mrs W.
Personal attention - professional advice given in a friendly manner.Anonymous in relation to Leanne Routledge
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
Catherine was very approachable and a pleasure to deal with.Anonymous in relation to Catherine Murton
Everything was made very straight forward. We were completely satisfied with every aspect of your service.Client of Leanne Routledge
Very professional and helpful.Anonymous in relation to Leanne Routledge
Legalities were made very easy to understand.Client of Catherine Murton
Excellent Service!Anonymous in relation to Catherine Murton
Professional, fast and courteous service, trustworthy. Solicitor exhibited personal concern and care.Mr M.
Thank you to Catherine for her warm manner coupled with professional excellence and efficiency.Client of Catherine Murton
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:
220.127.116.11 to be given priority, in case you do not leave enough to enable all your legacies to be paid in full
18.104.22.168 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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