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

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

At a difficult time Claire was there every step of the way, she was professional with a caring side. My late Farther passed away just before the first lock down, and so every thing was carried out remotely, we were kept informed and proceedings went incredibly smoothly and surprisingly quick.

Fiona Legge

Recently I needed a will drawn up and a lasting power of attorney arranged with regard to my mother. Chris Hopkins was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful in making those problems easy to arrange. It was done efficiently and with care and attention to the detail I wanted. Chris was extremely friendly and courteous while dealing with the transactions and I felt that the fees were reasonable. I have no hesitation in recommending him and will be contacting him again if the need arises

J Postle

Ms Delaney provided a very efficient, professional and friendly service in the revision of my will. This and the Firm's previous attention to my affairs give me full confidence in Butcher & Barlow's ability to act on my behalf in the future.

Emma Delaney looked after my Aunt's estate, which involved some particularly complicated elements. Throughout the process, she handled everything very professionally, super-efficiently — and with a smile. She found solutions to problems, answered any queries promptly, and helped guide us through the legalese, making a potentially distressing situation as painless as possible. My sister and I were hugely impressed by her, and the Butcher and Barlow team. A five star service all round. Highly recommended.

Thank you so much for helping us with our Wills. We thought that your professionalism and knowledge really helped us understand the issues we needed to consider and the politeness and courtesy with which we were treated was much appreciated.

Frank Cooper & Elaine Hodson

I have recently lost my father in very difficult circumstances. I needed to secure probate and asked Sam Dale to act as my solicitor. Whilst maintaining impeccable professionalism, Sam was incredibly sensitive to our feelings and the difficult situation in which we found ourselves. He acted promptly and maintained contact throughout the proceedings, explaining everything to us as necessary. I have been so impressed that I am recommending Sam Dale to a friend, who has need of a similar service. I am really glad we had Sam's support at this difficult time.

Ben provided me with a first rate service from start to finish. He was very friendly and considerate throughout. Thank you Ben.

Thank you so much for helping us with our Wills. We thought that your professionalism and knowledge really helped us understand the issues we needed to consider and the politeness and courtesy with which we were treated was much appreciated.

Frank Cooper & Elaine Hodson

Over the years I have used Butcher & Barlow (Bury Office) on several occasions for legal work and they have always been excellent in every respect. Very recently I needed legal work done & did not hesitate to go back to them. It was quite a complex case requiring contact with overseas agencies and I can say, hand on heart, that Chris Hopkins was fantastic. He was helpful, encouraging and supportive, maintaining a professional approach throughout, even when some of the challenges were very frustrating!

Jonty Heslop

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