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13Jan/210

Lodge Brothers Legal Services are open during the Coronavirus pandemic

The passing of a loved one can change your world in an instant. In one moment, everything is as it should be, and then within a heartbeat, it can all come crashing down. Sometimes we are prepared for the passing of our loved one in that we know it is coming but it does not take away the impact of that final moment when it actually happens. No matter how mentally prepared you may be, especially when a person has an illness for an extended period, there is always that sense of hope that things will be ok. When that call comes and hope dissolves, you need a support structure in place to help you navigate the unknown road ahead.

Grieving loved ones, are advised to include, in their support system, a probate legal expert.

When it comes to the legalities associated with the end of life, Lodge Brothers Legal Services probate Sunbury and probate Shepperton knows what is required for the executor of an estate and who is responsible for the probate process that authenticates a last will and testament of the deceased person.

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Should the deceased have a will in place, Lodge Brothers Legal Services have the training and expertise required to facilitate the court-administered legal process of probate Byfleet. Even more importantly, when an individual does not have a last will and testament, the process can become significantly more difficult. While families deal with the immense emotional grief which they must face when their loved one passes, Lodge Brothers Legal Services solicitors take care of the legal logistics.

There are 4 steps to the probate process. Firstly, the will, should there be one, has to be proven for authenticity. This is required to make sure that the Will is the most valid and latest version. In order for this to happen, a case is filed at the court. Once the court has validated the Will, the court will be in contact with the relevant beneficiaries and creditors. Before the beneficiaries can inherit assess indicated in the Will, creditors will need to be paid. Thus clearing all debts and outstanding taxes, so that the court can process the remaining assets as stipulated by the Will. At this stage there may be objections raised because of either complicated family dynamics or resulting from the process whereby all debts were settled. Should the debts out-weigh the assets, beneficiaries may not be advised, this may cause financial, and emotions stress for the family. Should the estate be unaffected by the debtors payments, an inventory of the properties and other assets such as jewellery, furniture and other possessions. The assessment covers everything from bank accounts affected by joint-tenancy with rights of survivorship, to distinguishing between probate or non-probate assets and properties.

At the end of the probate process, the assets are distributed according to the instructions found within the Will. The process of executing probate Walton and closing an estate can be a long and difficult one and your Lodge Brothers Legal Services attorney will be available for consultation until all details are legally finalised.

12Jan/210

Lodge Brothers offer a Price Match Promise

All across England people are being required to stay home. Funeral ceremonies may only be allow limited attendance and those who do attend must still follow all Covid health instructions with regards to social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitizing. The funeral industry has been thrown into turmoil at the result of the pandemic and Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors are following government guidance on managing a funeral in England, during this coronavirus pandemic.

This short explanation from Lodge Brother explains what can be expected if you need to arrange a funeral, and will help you to understand how funerals have changed over this period.

Funeral attendance is limited to 30 people or less, this is for funerals both indoors as well as outdoors. Should you hold an event which is not a funeral per say, but is a belief-based or commemorative event, only 15 people may attend, whether it be indoors or outdoors. Lodge Brothers funeral directors recommends that funerals are to be announced as by invitation only, thereby controlling the numbers of attendees to within permissible limits and ensuring that close family and friends gain preferential access to the funeral.

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In line with the government guidelines, our funeral events are held in Covid secure venues that have been through thorough health and safety risk assessments, ensuring that all risks regarding the coronavirus are mitigated and limited.

In the event that your loved one has passed from covid-related complications, family members who have been in contact with the deceased must remain in isolation for the prescribed amount of time and personal attendance to the funeral will not be permitted. Remote attendance is the alternative to curb the potential spreading of the virus and placing other family members in harm’s way.

Government guidelines state that funerals should not be delayed in order to accommodate family members finishing isolation. This is hardest on loved ones left behind to accept however, Lodge Brothers funeral directors Slough, funeral directors Roehampton and funeral directors Teddington will make all of the relevant arrangements and alleviate you from any additional and undue stress resulting from the difficult circumstances that you are already facing. It is a well-known fact that funerals are a vital part of the grieving process however priority must remain to contain the virus, in order to ensure that no one suffers unnecessarily and becomes ill themselves, placing their own lives in danger as well. Families need their members who are Covid free, to stay that way so that life can carry on as best physically possible under these trying circumstances.

Family members and friends who are not part of the family bubble who wish to travel in order to attend the funeral, should chose to stay in a hotel or guest house where they will not be exposed to other family members who may be isolating or in quarantine.

All mourners must follow Covid rules and remain compliant to those rules throughout the event. Funerals can be held in a shorter period, or in rotation, so that respects can still be paid to the deceased yet in a safe environment.

15Aug/200

Lodge Brothers funeral directors Ascot are there for you in your time of grief

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Your funeral is technically the final event of your life. Even though by the time you are laid to rest, your body has long since drawn its last breath, your funeral symbolizes the final act of a living person. For those left behind, the funeral is the last thing which needs to be done so as to allow them to move on with their own lives… or at least begin to. As unique as you are during your life is as unique as your funeral will be. Perhaps some traditions are the same and similar ceremonial aspects are observed, but Funeral directors New Malden can attest that no one funeral could ever be the same.

Not everyone has the privilege to be in a position to plan their own funeral and while that does sound like an ironic statement, death does not make allowances for the timeline of the living or their expectations. If you have not yet had time to think about your funeral and how you would like your funeral to be, there is no time like the present.

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Lodge Brothers funeral directors Ascot don’t only help your family when you have already passed, but are available to discuss your own funeral plans with you so that your family does not end up with the emotional decisions relating to your burial or cremation. What this means is that you can pre-plan each detail pertaining to your last life event, easing the burden on your loved ones and giving you the chance to decide exactly how you would like this to happen. Most of us will take the time to plan all events which we experience during our lives, birthdays, weddings, and so on, so why not take a proactive approach to plan your own funeral.

Lodge Brothers have created their service to offer the most convenient service possible. Lodge Brothers are also excellent at offering practical and pragmatic guidance to facilitate the smooth execution of this, one of the most important days of your life. Combining 7 generations of funeral planning experience with what can only be a deep sense of pride in their life’s calling, Lodge Brothers take care to ensure exceptional service and that each and every tiny detail is executed to the “t”. Funeral directors know that most people go through the motions of the day in somewhat of an emotional mist but look back on the day with a sense of relief and closure, which is what makes a funeral so important.

Plan your funeral now by contacting one of the Lodge Brothers situated near to you and you will find that not only are they physically available, but that their prices are competitive compared to other funeral directors. Just ask about the Lodge Brother price match promise to find out more from caring and friendly funeral professionals, based on affordable prices and which promise to provide you with the funeral which is just as you want it, so that your family can do what they need to, in order to focus on their healing.

Contact Funeral directors Hillingdon and Funeral directors Shepherds Bush for expert funeral advice.

12Jun/200

Lodge Brothers what sets them apart ?

Always here to help…. This is the Lodge Brothers promise which has been proven true, day after day by the Lodge Brothers Funeral homes countrywide. No matter how prepared you think you may be when it comes to planning your funeral, your family will still need someone to turn to when the times comes. So many people understand the need to have their Will in place and the need to ensure that their affairs are in order ahead of time. Mostly we do this because we don’t want the ones that we love to have to deal with the decisions that need to be made at a very difficult. Everyone knows that like taxes, death is a sure thing which is why people try to everything that they can to make sure that things are in place when the days comes, whether it be tomorrow or in 30 years’ time. Unfortunately, life is fluid, and best-laid plans change. When they do, we don’t always think to allow for those changes to follow through to the end of life plans. So, no matter how carefully a person plans around this, it is more often than not, not the smoothly laid out plan that it was intended to be.

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Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors Guildford has been in business for so long that there is nothing that they have not seen or had to deal with. Pure passion for people is what it takes be a funeral director and to know that each person who walks through the front door of the Funeral home is someone in pain and grief. A deep understanding of what each person is going through, in their own unique way, and the needs of each person, is only deeply known after having been in the industry for as long as Lodge Brothers have. A deep understanding of you needs is why most of the Lodge Brothers are situated as close to the Register Office Harrow as possible, for example, our Lodge Brothers branch is located just 5 driving minutes from the office.

Funeral directors have to focus on two major areas: taking care of the logistics and legalities involved in the passing of a person, as well as taking care of the emotional aspects ensuring that the life of the person who has departed is respected and celebrated in the way in which they lived. But to the Funeral directors at Lodge Brothers, this is not a stranger who has passed away… it’s your family and your family may as well as be our family which is why we treat each instance with the love and respect we would give if it WAS our own family. No request is too much to ask and no need is less important than the next as every single decision which has to be made for help finalise the person’s life, is of utmost importance in order for you be supported the journey that you find yourself facing. Nothing is more important to Lodge Brothers than to ensure that we are always here to help

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10Jun/200

Lodge Brothers Legal Services is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

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t may surprise the majority of people, that having a Will in place for when you pass on, is only the start of a series of rather complex legal events which need to be finalised after a funeral takes place. For the most part, people feel prepared for all eventualities once the Will has been drawn up but in reality, there is more that one needs to take into account other than just the allocation of your possessions as part of your last wishes.  To complicate matters more, no more than 30% of UK citizens actually have prepared their Will. This can lead to the possibility that the majority of families who experience the passing of a loved one, will end up have much more on their plate than they originally anticipated. Dealing with grief and loss is one of the most distressing experiences a person could have. Add to that, the multitude of decisions and choices which need to be made once a person has passed, and its almost certainly too much to bear.

Lodge Brothers Legal attorneys are able to assist families with issues of this kind that arise in situations where a person has failed to fully prepare. And just as one might think that drawing up a Will is something that they need professional help with, so too is the process of probate which is the next of the complex details that families are faced with.

Should a person pass away before they have had the opportunity to prepare their Will, their estate is automatically placed “intestate” meaning that the courts become responsible for assessing who is officially your next of kin and allocate your possessions accordingly. What this can mean is that your possessions are not allocated in the way in which you would have preferred them to be allocated. For example, a person who is on their second marriage to a person on their first marriage may have children from that first marriage. The husband or wife of the second marriage may be deemed as your next in line heir, however, you may wish for your children to receive all of your inheritance and for nothing to be left to your second spouse. For whatever reasons you deem to be necessary, you have the right to do as you wish with your estate. If you should die without a Will in place, the courts may find that your second spouse receives everything. Nothing may be wrong with this at face value, however, what if your second spouse re-marries and then all of your possessions go to the new spouse, by-passing your children entirely. Not through malice but rather through a series of events, your children may be left without financial security as a result.

The importance of reaching out for Funeral Legal Services Woking professionals to assist you with such decisions that can have far-reaching effects on your family’s future can never be over-emphasised. Provide for your loved ones in the way that you wish and chose Lodge Brothers Legal attorneys to administer your estate.

Contact Funeral Legal Services Shepperton and Funeral Legal Services Sunbury for all your legal requirements.

Lodge Brothers Legal Services is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

24Dec/190

Modern Funerals with Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors

Lodge Brothers has been in the business of funerals for many decades and have experience with every kind of funeral or memorial. As times change, so do the desires of the families of those who have passed away but the intention to celebrate their lives remains the same. Lodge Brothers Funeral Services understands these changing times and has kept up with the needs of their clients allowing them to arrange whichever type of bespoke funerals they may have.

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Society in the UK and indeed across the world is so vastly diverse when it comes to religious beliefs, cultural, ethnic and social origins, orientation and conscience that one funeral plan would not be enough to suit all. Through the generations it has been important to stay current with trends and it is important for funeral service providers to be able to provide individual funerals to suit the diverse society in which we all live. Differences in society are all to be recognised and celebrated equally which is foremost on the minds of Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors.

Modern Funerals are popularised through movies and social media and are gaining acceptance within the larger population, especially the younger generations. Old style funerals which were accepted as the norm are becoming out-dated as all around the world, different cultures and origins become blended and families seek more original funerals for their loved ones.

Trends include using more up-beat music, bright and varied colours, and a party style atmosphere with the tone and location of the funerals as a way of changing funerals from a sad and somber expression of sadness into time to appreciate life of those who have shared theirs with each other, whether it be current or past. Some traditions speak to more ancient rituals of ancestry celebrations which can be seen in some alternative funerals stemming from southern America and Mexico.

16Dec/190

Free NO obligation quote for all Legal aspects of funerals

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you start to think about preparing for your passing? It could be that you want to prepare a will to ensure that your assets are evenly and fairly split between family members or to ensure that special items are guaranteed to be transferred to a specific person because of personal reasons which a legal attorney will not be privy to. It might be decided what kind of funeral you would prefer, so that you can take this burden off your friends and family who will be grieving your loss and so that you could ease their stress or because you have a particular vision for your funeral or memorial service. Or is it that you want to ensure that all of your viable organs are donated to the living once you are passed, or perhaps just a specific aspect of your physical body that you wish to donate to science and the like.

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There are so many aspects to the passing of an individual that most times, we forget that there are legal requirements as well as the will, which come into play. Especially if you have never had to be involved in the legal side of the passing of an individual, you would not have been exposed to certain aspects of the process. Without knowing what can be required, families can be left shell-shocked and unsure of how to execute all of the decisions which they will need to navigate if you do not choose to make these decisions for them.

This is why Lodge Brothers Probate Walton offers a number of special services that are pre-paid and which will alleviate your family's stress and give you the final say in how you would like your affairs to be handled. These services include the preparation of last wills in testament, lasting powers of attorney and pre-paid Probate Woking services.

Choosing Probate West Byfleet services is a way in which you can assure that your final life decisions will be a certainty. Probate Ashford is required for ascertaining the value of your assets and liabilities, finalising any inheritance tax, preparing probate-related paperwork such as grants of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration as well as collecting your assets within your estate and dealing with any liabilities after the Grant has been received. And to make things even easier and more certain, Lodge Brothers Probate  Weybridge Legal Services offers this service with fees that are both fixed and guarantees ensuring no unexpected surprises will meet your loved ones at the end of your life’s journey.

Probate Shepperton is a service that most people will need in order to sell or transfer property and shares and also in order to close bank accounts: all things which are very admin based and entrenched within legal systems which can be daunting to anyone who does not have knowledge of these areas. Probate is best left to the professionals which is why a visit to the Lodge Brother Legal Services team for a free, no-obligation quote is the best gift you could leave to your family when the times comes.

 

15Apr/180

Arranging a funeral… where to start – Lodge Brothers will help every step of the way

During times of shock and grief at the loss of a loved one who has passed away, generally the last thing that family members and friends need to worry or think about is physically sorting out the affairs of their beloved. It is always at times like these when emotions are high, that “life administration” is the hardest thing to deal with. Leaving your affairs in order is one final gifts that you can give to your family, making a difficult time a little easier for them.

If this is your intention for when you pass away, you will need the services of a reputable legal firm to place your belonging s in probate.  If you have a Will, your executor applies for a grant of probate which then ensures that they are responsible for the administration of your estate and affairs, as well as ensuring that you estate is being administered according to your wishes and that the right people are dealing with your affairs.

A grant of Probate will need to be applied for by an Executor or administrator and it is a legal document. The document confirms who the executor of your estate is and that they have the authority to deal with your assets, on your passing. This includes your money, any property that you may have and your general belongings. The Executor uses the grant as proof that they have the right to access your funds, assist with any and all finances that need to be dealt with and then subsequently distribute the finances and assets as you have set out in your Will, to those who are meant to receive them.

At the offices of Lodge Brothers Legal Services, we offer theses probate services to all of our clients.

Contact Probate Twickenham, Probate Feltham and Probate Ashford for all legal services in your area.

19Nov/170

Personal and Professional service from Lodge Brothers Legal Services

Lodge Brothers funeral directors Ham have a wide range of funeral plans as they know how important it is to plan ahead with Pre-Paid Funeral Plans Ham to ensure your family won’t face any extra cost or worries when the time comes – plus they will find comfort in the knowledge that you said goodbye in the way that you wanted.

A Funeral Plan from Lodge Brothers gives you:

  • Protection against the rising cost of funerals – secure your plan at TODAY’s prices
  • Peace of mind for you and your loved ones
  • Personalise your funeral – Say “goodbye” YOUR way
  • Personal and Professional service from a fully trained Funeral Arranger
  • Guaranteed acceptance – No age or health restrictions
  • Monthly payment option – interest-free available
  • All funds held in a secure TRUST FUND ready to be paid when the time comes.

PROBATE ATTORNEY

When a family member or loved one dies, dealing with estate administration is often the last thing on a person’s mind. We offer an efficient, professional and above all personal service to make your life easier at such a distressing time.

When a person dies leaving a valid Will, the appointed Executors need to apply for a Grant of Probate to administer the Deceased’s estate. If there is no Will, the laws of intestacy apply, and the law sets out which family member is entitled to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration and administer the estate.

The process of administering an estate is commonly known as probate and involves:

  1. ascertaining the value of the Deceased’s assets and liabilities;
  2. dealing with the Inland Revenue Inheritance Tax return;
  3. preparing the probate papers;
  4. applying to the Probate Registry for the Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration; and
  5. collecting in the assets of the estate and settling the liabilities once the Grant is received.

Probate will be required to sell or transfer a house, sell or transfer shares and in most cases to close bank accounts. The assistance required by the Executors will depend on the finances of the Deceased, the terms of the Will, the family circumstances and how much work the Executors are willing or able to do.

OUR PROBATE SERVICES

Lodge Brothers Legal Services offer 3 levels of service to suit your requirements.

Fixed Fee from £250 (£300 inc. VAT):

  1. Executors prepare all probate forms;
  2. Executors make a personal application to the probate registry;
  3. We will check the forms are completed correctly; and
  4. Responsibility for the application remains with Executors.

Fixed Fee from £750 (£900 inc. VAT) plus disbursements:

  1. Executors responsible for registering death with all asset holders;
  2. Executors establish the assets and liabilities at date of death; and
  3. We will complete the probate papers, Inheritance tax forms and apply for the Grant of Probate.

Fixed Fee from £1,500 (£1,800 inc. VAT ) plus disbursements: This is our most complete service which will relieve you of the heavy burden of dealing with the estate when your thoughts are elsewhere.

  1. It ensures that probate is obtained quickly and efficiently.
  2. We will register the death certificate with the asset holders;
  3. We will ascertain the date of death assets and liabilities of the estate; and
  4. We will complete all the probate papers, Inheritance Tax forms and apply for the Grant of Probate.
14Sep/170

Protect your Loved ones with a Pre-paid Funeral Plan…

Death is not something we like to focus on, however, Lodge Brothers funeral plans Guildford understand the importance of funeral plans and look at the advantages of being prepared for death.

Lodge Brothers family owned business for over 200 years know all too well how important family is and the importance of not adding extra financial pressure on them at a time when they are grieving the most. Ensure your funeral expenses covered and your final wishes are undertaken with a variety of funeral plans Ascot from Lodge Brothers.

Protect your family against the financial burden of funeral expenses in the event of the death of a loved one so your family can focus on a new way of life, without having to worry about any financial burdens.

There are many advantages to pre-planning your funeral: -

  • Protection against the rising cost of funerals – secure your plan at TODAY’s prices
  • Peace of mind for you and your loved ones
  • Personalise your funeral – Say “goodbye” YOUR way
  • Personal and Professional service from a fully trained Funeral Arranger
  • Guaranteed acceptance – No age or health restrictions
  • Monthly payment option – interest-free available
  • All funds held in a secure TRUST FUND ready to be paid when the time comes.

Lodge Brothers dedicated staff have helped thousands of clients plan their own funeral so that your loved one is remembered with a fitting memorial. Choose from your favourite hymns, floral arrangements, coffin, and headstones.

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Contact Lodge Brothers funeral plans Walton today!