The Walkers Partnership

Established

We have been a part of Royston for nearly 60 years, previously covering a variety of legal sectors, The Walkers Partnership now focusses on Conveyancing (buying and selling residential property), Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate / Letters of Administration and Commercial Property.

Independent

The Walkers Partnership now operates solely from one office in Royston, meaning you know who you will be dealing with each time you need us. All calls are answered on site and put through to either our Private Client or Conveyancing teams.

Established, Independent

Expert Advice

All matters are completed and overseen by experienced members of staff.

Saturday Appointments

We offer Saturday appointments for Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney twice a month.

Home Visits Available

Home visits are available free of charge within a 15 mile radius of many Private Client matters.

Conveyancing

What is Conveyancing?

In its simplest terms, Conveyancing is the legal transfer of a property from one owner to another. There are two main stages to the process; 1) the lead up to exchange of contracts (where all terms and facts are set), and 2) completion (when legal title to the property passes from the seller to the buyer).

The Walkers Partnership can help you through your transaction whether you are first time buyers or seasoned property experts.

Costs and Timeframes

For all conveyancing pricing queries please click here to download our PDF brochure.

If you would like a written quote please contact us.

 

Who will be working on your house sale / purchase?

Myra Routledge, Solicitor

Miss Routledge has built up a wealth of experience in Conveyancing having qualified as a solicitor in June 1977.

m.routledge@walkerspartnership.co.uk


Tom Browning FCILEx, Residential Property Lawyer

Tom has been with the firm since 1999 and has a wealth of local knowledge having practised in Royston since 1982.

t.browning@walkerspartnership.co.uk

Wills

Do I need a Will?

The estimated number of adults without a Will is still over 50% of the UK. If you do not have a Will, it is sensible to understand what the possible ramifications are, including who would benefit and how your estate would be administered as there are statutory rules in place that dictate how your assets are dealt with.

Do I have to use a Solicitor?

There is no requirement to use a solicitor, although depending on your circumstances it may be worthwhile seeking legal advice. There is no reason why you can't write a Will yourself, provided that it complies with statutory rules to ensure it is valid. The Walkers Partnership offer a free initial appointment to discuss your circumstances so that we can suggest options for you to consider.

Care Home Funding & Inheritance Tax

If you own your own property in joint names you may want to discuss ring options to fence part or all of your property from being used in care fees should you require residential care later in life. Whilst The Walkers Partnership is able to discuss the Inheritance Tax Nil Rate bands and your potential IHT liability, it may be sensible for you to take independent finance advice regarding investments and Inheritance Tax implications.

Costs

We offer a free initial appointment to discuss your personal circumstances, if you wish to instruct us to prepare your Wills, our prices are as follows:

  • Single Will: £175.00 plus vat
  • Mirror Wills: £330.00 plus vat

  • If you are aged 55 or over you are eligible to take part in the Cancer Research Free Will Scheme, under which Cancer Research UK pay the majority of our costs in relation to the preparation of your Will(s), we then only charge a nominal administration fee of £50.00 plus vat to set up the file and submit the paperwork.

    Since taking part in the scheme, The Walkers Partnership has helped to raise millions of pounds for charity and have been presented with numerous certificates of appreciation.

    Lasting Powers of Attorney

    What is an LPA?

    A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document whereby someone (the ‘donor’) can appoint 1 or more persons (‘attorneys’) to make decisions on their behalf in the event that they lack the mental capacity in the future. There are two types of LPAs each covering different matters; Property and Financial Affairs & Health and Care decisions.

    The attorney(s) can be any person that is 18 years or older and will make decisions about the donors property and financial affairs and / or their health and welfare depending on which applications are completed. Once the paperwork has been prepared signed and submitted to the Office of the Public Guardian you should receive the registered LPA within around 8 weeks.

    Costs

    Depending on how many applications are being made, we have different pricing options; for example: a single person wishing to have just 1 application prepared for Property and Financial Affairs LPA, or a couple wishing to have 4 applications prepared (Property and Financial Affairs for both of them and Health and Care for both of them);

  • 1 application: £300.00 plus vat, plus a court fee of £82.00
  • 2 applications: £500.00 plus vat, plus two court fees of £82.00 each
  • 4 applications: £800.00 plus vat, plus four court fees of £82.00 each

  • If you have any questions please contact us by phone or email.

    Who will be working on your Will / LPA?

    Terry Donnellan, Solicitor

    Terry practises in all areas of private client work and is a Member of The Solicitors for the Elderly. Admitted to the roll of solicitors in 1988.

    t.donnellan@walkerspartnership.co.uk

    Toby Pilcher, Paralegal

    Toby has worked at the firm since 2017, focussing mainly on private client matters such as Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate.

    t.pilcher@walkerspartnership.co.uk

    Probate

    What is Probate?

    When someone dies with a valid Will the Executor(s) must make an application to the Probate Registry for a Grant of Probate. Probate is both the process of administering the estate of the deceased and also the name of the official document that recognises the authority of the Executors to handle the assets in the estate.

    If the estate is very small with no shares or property and no single asset worth more than £10,000, then a Grant of Probate may not be necessary.

    If someone dies without a valid Will (i.e. they died “intestate”) then, there is a statutory order setting out who is entitled to apply to the Probate Registry for a Grant of Letters of Administration. This document recognises the authority of the Administrators to deal with the assets in the estate. It is not usually possible to make any progress with the administration and winding up of the estate without a Grant of Letters of Administration.

    Who will be working on the application?

    Terry Donnellan, Solicitor

    Terry practises in all areas of private client work and is a Member of The Solicitors for the Elderly. Admitted to the roll of solicitors in 1988.

    t.donnellan@walkerspartnership.co.uk

    Toby Pilcher, Paralegal

    Toby has worked at the firm since 2017, focussing mainly on private client matters such as Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate matters.

    t.pilcher@walkerspartnership.co.uk

    Information

    Inheritance Tax

    Inheritance Tax is usually only payable where the value of the net estate (i.e. after deduction of certain liabilities including funeral costs including the cost of a reception) exceeds a specific level. If the estate is passing to a surviving spouse or a charity then, no tax will be payable. However, in all other circumstances, for deaths after 1st April 2009, the threshold for payment of Inheritance Tax is £325,000.

    If you are leavings your home to your children (including adopted, stepchildren or foster children) or grandchildren then you are entitled to an additional £150,000 Residence Nil Rate Band meaning that a total of £475,000 can be left without incurring Inheritance Tax liability.

    If the estate is worth more than the tax threshold, that figure is deducted from the net estate and Inheritance Tax is payable on the remaining balance. Inheritance Tax is currently charged at the rate of 40%, which rate is unchanged since the tax was introduced in 1986.

    Inheritance Tax is payable within six months of the date of death. Inheritance tax due on the cash assets i.e. stocks, shares, bank accounts, building society accounts, PEP’s, TESSA’s, ISA’s etc is payable immediately. However, Inheritance Tax due on a property can be paid in instalments.

    Costs and Timeframes

    For all Probate pricing queries please click here to download our PDF brochure.

    If you would like a written quote please contact us.

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