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Wills, Trusts and Estate Solicitors

At Butcher & Barlow, we understand the importance of planning for your future. We also understand that few people are comfortable thinking about their own mortality and consequently the conversation is difficult to begin. However, once started, that conversation can be a much easier than anticipated and with our guiding hand, you’ll find peace of mine in knowing that your loved ones are protected and provided for.

Our Private Client team looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees throughout the North West, from the young couple about to purchase their first house together, to business owners wanting to ensure that their business retains its value after their death. We can help to plan and manage all aspects of your finances, including wills and probate, trusts, and tax matters, both in life and on death.

We aim to get to know you and your objectives so that we can provide detailed, common-sense legal advice as well as practical assistance, tailored to your situation and needs. With branches across Cheshire and Manchester, our team are all highly-trained and well-regarded to always ensure your matter is dealt with expertly.

How can we help you?

Whether your situation is simple or complicated, we will listen to your needs and provide tailored advice on the best way to ensure that your loved ones are protected and provided for. You will know what our fees will be from your very first appointment, and there will be no hidden charges for storing or releasing your Will.

If your circumstances change, so too may your needs and requirements in respect of your Will. Marriage revokes a Will so it is vitally important to revisit your Will if you are about to tie the knot.

 

 

We can ensure that your estate is set up in the most tax efficient way, whilst still ensuring that your personal requirements are met and your assets pass to those that you wish to benefit.

Trusts are often used for tax planning purposes as well as the protection of assets for future generations of the family. If our team think this is the best route for you, we will ensure that you fully understanding how a Trust operates, and the benefits which may be obtained as a result of having a Trust in place.

When a loved one passes away, you may be faced with the task of acting as their executor or administrator to deal with their affairs. We understand the stress that this adds to an already difficult and emotional time, especially if you have not received the right advice and support to guide you through the daunting process.

Our Team aims to provide a responsive and proactive service to ensure that the wishes of your loved ones are respected and carried out whilst also making the process as simple and straightforward as possible.

We offer a range of services, tailored to your specific needs, from simply obtaining the Grant of Probate, through to advising on and dealing with a range of tax issues and dealing with the full estate administration, including the calculation and settlement of any Inheritance Tax liability.

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As we get older our thoughts often turn to what the future may hold and in particular the possibility of requiring some sort of care services. We provide advice as to the way that the care funding system works, what exemptions are available and the best way to ensure that your assets are protected or maintained for the longest period possible.

Our Dispute Resolution team can assist with a disputes relating to complex trusts, agricultural arrangements, insolvent estates, actions to the Probate Registry, Court of Protection claims and Inheritance Act disputes. Our focus is on reaching a resolution and we will always explore all options for Alternative Dispute Resolution before deciding whether or not it is necessary to commence court proceedings. Click her to read more

Our team are on hand to support you and your family when you need us. If you would like to arrange an appointment, whether by video, telephone of in person, to discuss your requirements, please get in touch with any member of our team. Alternatively, complete our enquiry form we will call you back as soon as possible.

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Choosing an Executor

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Applying for probate: what you need to know

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Probate sales: What executors need to know

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The Residence Nil Rate Band

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Gifting property: What you need to know

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Don’t make HMRC your biggest beneficiary

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Our people are what makes Butcher & Barlow what it is. Each one of our team is committed to building a solid, long-lasting working relationship with our clients across Bury, Manchester and Cheshire.

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What our clients say about our Wills, Trusts and Estate Solicitors Service

We received a very good service throughout. The legal issues concerning our Wills were clearly explained to us.

Mr & Mrs West

Very pleasant and Knowledgeable. He explained the legalities and importance of various considerations when writing a Will. His explanations were clear, his advice sound and he answered our questions with patience.

Mr A

Emma was efficient, easy to talk to and kept me updated throughout what could have been a very frustrating and painful period. I was regularly updated and whenever I asked a question it was responded to in a timely and professional manner. Losing a loved one is extremely distressing yet Emma was compassionate and sensitive to our feelings. I'd highly recommend her to others.

Mrs Roberts

Thank you for organising our Wills and Powers Of Attorney. From our initial appointment you explained, in complete detail, all the legalities involved and in layman's terms making it easier for us to understand. Thank you for the professional manner in which you managed these matters.

Mr Gregory

My experience with Butcher & Barlow Solicitors was worry free. Mr Hopkins and his team were very kind and treated me with kindness and respect and were very professional at all times.

Mrs W

Emma was extremely professional, polite and helpful throughout. I would like to say a special thanks to her and I wish her all the best for the future.

Mr Chapman

Superb service as always. Clear advice, great communication in a timely and trustworthy manner.

Mr Littlewood

I contacted Benjamin for some advice regarding a will. He was very clear and thorough. I came away fully understanding what was required of me. I would definitely recommend him to my friends and colleagues.

Debbie

I have used Butcher and Barlow twice in the last nine months involving a property sale and then application for Probate. On both occasions the service received was excellent. I have been dealing directly with Samuel Dale and he has ensured the work has been handled efficiently, on time, and within the quoted costs. It's also been good to find emails and phone calls being returned quickly with relevant updates. I would be happy to recommend Samuel Dale and Butcher & Barlow to anyone.

Mike

A very professional, helpful and friendly couple of appointments. Full explanations, help and clarification were given by Emma which made the experience of our Will writing much easier and clearer. Thanks.

Mr & Mrs Webster

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