• Funeral Plans

    Funeral Planning Checklist

    Funeral planning is an emotional and often costly process that is surrounded by a great deal of uncertainty. While it is best to discuss end-of-life wishes with loved ones ahead of time, many people shy away from this difficult conversation or never get the chance to have it at all. Without some guidance, the options and information surrounding funerals can quickly become overwhelming at an already trying time. Planning a funeral in the wake of losing a loved one can leave you feeling lost and exhausted. To help you organise proceedings and to make sure you’ve got everything covered, we have created a funeral checklist below. These tasks will help…

  • Estate Administration

    What is Estate Administration?

    Estate Administration is the process of dealing with a person’s legal and tax affairs after they have died. It involves far more than obtaining a Grant of Probate (Confirmation in Scotland) which is just one element of the process. This means dealing with all their assets; such as property, shares and personal possessions, paying debts and paying any Inheritance Tax and Income Tax. Whatever is left in the estate is then transferred to the beneficiaries. Estate administration can be extremely complex and is required after every death, whether or not there is a Will. In order to complete the estate administration process, there are a number of tasks that need…

  • Funeral Plans,  Wills

    Planning Probate at Christmas and New Year

    The festive period is normally a happy time, a time for giving and receiving but for many also a time of reflection. We also to look ahead at the coming year, to set our goals and make those New Year’s resolutions then promise ourselves to actually stick to them this time! Whether that is to lose that weight you’ve been promising, apply for that new job, or to get your affairs in order. Many people put off their estate plan year after year. We promise ourselves that we are going to finally sort our Will out and then forget about it only to agree to sort it out again in…

  • Wills

    Making Provisions for Your Pet When You Pass Away

    Have you ever considered what would happen to your pet when you pass away? All too often, it’s simply assumed that a dog or cat will be taken on by friends or family members. Sadly, not everyone is able or willing to take on responsibility for pet care after the death of an owner. So, it may be wise to consider, who will look after your pet? If you’ve already written a will and bequeathed your entire belongings to a loved one or expressed a wish for someone to care for your pet when you die, they are not duty-bound by law to look after any pets you leave behind.…

  • Wills

    Executor Advice from SLS Wills & More

    A substantial number of people act as an Executor every year; however, many people are still unaware of the responsibilities that come with the role. If you’ve been named as an Executor in someone’s Will, you are responsible for handling that person’s affairs when they die. You will be required to carry out the instructions in their Will and take care of all the legal and financial affairs that need to be handled after death. This means dealing with all their assets (such as property, shares and personal possessions), paying debts, paying any Inheritance Tax and Income Tax and transferring the inheritance to the beneficiaries (those who are inheriting from…

  • Funeral Plans

    Funeral Plans from SLS Wills & More

    Although the thought of pre-planning your own funeral may feel somewhat morbid, there are actually many benefits to getting preparations in order whilst you are still alive and well. Today, many people choose to take out pre-paid funeral plans to obtain peace of mind for themselves and their loved ones. A funeral plan can also give you the freedom to get on and enjoy life, with the peace of mind that your funeral arrangements are taken care of. The average cost of a funeral is increasing ever year. The national average is £4,200 (as of June 2019) and it is expected to double in the next 10 years. Even the most…

  • Wills

    Will Writing Services by SLS Wills and More

    Wills by nature are not something people think about a lot and are often associated with the later part of life. Recent research carried out by Royal London, YouGov, IRN Research and Orchard has revealed some interesting statistics about wills, including:   4 million adults do not know where to begin when it comes to writing a will. Around 54% of adults do not have a will. Six in 10 (59%) parents do not have a will or have one that is out of date. Every adult needs to make a will even if you do not have any assets of value to leave behind, because a will deals with…

  • Uncategorized,  Wills

    Sara Sheppard from SLS Wills and More

    Sara Sheppard started SLS Wills and More in June 2017 after more than 30 years in private practices with a number of solicitors across East Kent. “The reason I began SLS Wills and More was to provide a friendly, caring service in the comfort of my clients homes. During the course of my career, I have found that a lot of people, particularly those who are the most vulnerable, prefer to remain in at home, where they feel more comfortable than in a solicitor’s office, which can provide logistical difficulties, can be difficult to get access and can sometimes feel overbearing. I like to spend time with my clients, to…

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