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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.

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.

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

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

    Chris Hopkins provided a detailed explanation of what was required in terms of legal requirements and explained it in a very professional manner.

    Mr P

    Thank you Sophie for your non-invasive attention to difficult subjects and your pleasant, helpful assistance.

    V Worthington

    We were very happy with the professional service received during the drawing up of our Will and Lasting Powers of Attorney and, for all the help and advice given to us throughout the process. We would definitely recommend their professional service.

    Mr & Mrs A

    Excellent and expert service on an urgent matter. We have already had great service from Helen Chadderton at Butcher & Barlow. On this occasion, Mohammed Balal proved to be excellent. I am impressed with the company. They seem to attract great staff who have a friendly and collegiate manner.

    David

    Thank you so much for your help with our Wills. We are extremely satisfied with the service you have provided. You explained everything really clearly every step of the way making sure that we fully understood everything. It was also very useful to be able to conduct meetings via Teams so that we didn’t have to travel to your office. We wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending your firm to anyone looking for assistance with financial planning.

    Mrs B

    Thank you for completing our Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. We really appreciate all the help and advice you gave us during the process.

    A & S Nuttal

    I am very satisfied with the service I received from Butcher & Barlow. First of all my Will writing which was done very quickly. Then there was my Lasting Power of Attorney which was also done very efficiently. I am very happy with both of the papers that I have received.

    A Ward

    Thank you for dealing with Probate, Will and Lasting Power of Attorney in an efficient and sensitive manner.

    N Pollard

    Thank you so much for all your help with my late mum’s will and subsequent deeds with regard to the children. I very much appreciate your professional and empathetic handling of what is, by nature, a difficult situation for the deceased’s relatives.

    B L

    Excellent and efficient service from Helen and the team. Always quick to respond and takes time to explain things thoughtfully. Thank you!

    Mrs L

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