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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.

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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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.
11Dec/160

Lodge Brothers the Family You Can Turn To…

Lodge Brothers branches throughout the UK have decorated and dressed their windows in the finest Christmas décor. Each branch has been decorated in their own unique style.

“All our branches take an active role in local community events, supporting many charities and raising funds for local causes. Read our news stories here.”

CHRISTMAS TREE BLESSING AT LODGE BROTHERS COBHAM

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Lodge Brothers funeral directors Cobham recently invited bereaved families to an intimate Christmas tree blessing ceremony held at the branch in Holly Hedge Road.

Following a service and blessing from Rev Canon Robert Jenkins of St Andrews Church, families were given the opportunity to hang a message on the tree, then the lights were switched on and will stay lit through the Christmas period as a mark of remembrance for those loved ones lost in Cobham this year.

Afterwards, refreshments and were served and memories were shared, and as they left the guests thanked the staff for arranging this lovely act of remembrance.

PHYLLIS TUCKWELL HOSPICE GETS THEIR CHRISTMAS TREE!

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Not one to shy away from a challenge, Paul Bye at Lodge Brothers could not turn down the opportunity to save Christmas for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice when he was approached by the Hospice for help.

The Hospice had been gifted a 20ft Christmas tree from a local garden centre but they had no way of delivering the tree to the Hospice. The gauntlet was thrown down and within hours a large lorry was hired, and Chris Oliver and Paul were on their way to deliver the tree.

The Dutch tree took centre stage at the Hospice’s ‘Light up a Life’ event on 28th November.

Organising a funeral can seem like a daunting task, especially when we find ourselves having to make difficult decisions at a time of loss and bereavement, when we feel least able to manage. Lodge Brothers funeral directors Ashford dedicated professional and empathetic staff are available 24 hour service, 365 days a year, providing advice on what needs to be done and by whom.

We take this opportunity to wish our customers a very happy festive season.

15Mar/150

Lodge Brothers will help you when you need it most!

Arranging a funeral can be one of the most stressful things you will ever have to do and Lodge Brothers funeral directors Addlestone and funeral directors Chertsey are there to help. They have compassionate staff with years of experience who know exactly how painful grief is.

With Lodge Brothers funeral directors Cobham (a new branch recently opened) you will feel like you are part of their family. Their staff are dedicated to helping the community and every person who comes to them for assistance.

Funeral directors Ealing offer memorial headstones, floral tributes, pre-paid funeral plans, cremations, coffins and caskets. All the Lodge Brothers branches are actively involved in the community. Have a look at what some of the recent news from Lodge Brothers.

St David’s Day Marked at Lodge Brothers & Wickendens Ealing

Ealing branch of Lodge Brothers & Wickendens marked St David’s Day this weekend with a colourful display of daffodils alongside the traditional Welsh flag, in memory of past clients of Welsh origin.

District Manager Paul Bye explains “It’s important that all our branches respect the multi cultural communities they serve and hang flags on as many public holidays as possible. This has become a recognised event in the local community and locals now look out for the change of the window displays.”

Funds Raised for Home Start by Lodge Brothers Walton

The staff at Lodge Brothers Walton were delighted to welcome Carol Hodges (Manager) and Gill Robinson (Family Support Coordinator) from the charity ‘Home Start’ to the branch, to present them with a cheque for £150 for monies raised with donations from the local community.

Both Ann McMurray (Branch Arranger) and Sharon Brunn (Relief Branch Arranger), made holly wreaths at Christmas time, which were available from the Walton branch for anybody who wanted to remember their loved one. Whilst it was not a requirement, people still generously made donations in return for taking a wreath home with them.

Ann said “It is a difficult time of year for many families who have lost a loved one, and therefore we wanted to help them by providing something special which could either be taken home as a table decoration, or even placed in memory of someone in a special place.”

Sharon chose the charity Home Start as the worthy cause to receive the monies raised.

Pictured are left to right: Carol Hodges (Manager – Home Start), Gill Robinson (Family Support Coordinator), Ann McMurray (Branch Arranger), Sharon Brunn (Branch Relief Arranger).

3Dec/140

Road safety week ‘look out for others’

Tree of remembrance

From the 1st December our annual tree of remembrance will be in our reception area.  If we have cared for you in the last 4 years you will have been sent some tags. Perhaps your bereavement was more than 4 years ago, it may even be that we didn’t look after the funeral arrangements for you at your time of loss, regardless, you are very welcome to call in or ring us and we will happily supply you with a tag so that you too can write your own message to someone you have lost and remember at this time of year.

Christmas Carol Service of Remembrance

This year were are holding a Christmas Carol Service of Remembrance on Sunday 14th December 2014 at 3.00pm at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Biggleswade.  The congregation will be invited to light floating candles during the service to remember people they have lost. Tags of Remembrance will also be placed on the Christmas Tree during the service, after the service the tags will be transferred to the Tree of Remembrance at Woodman and Son. After the service all are warmly invited to stay for light refreshments and a chance to share memories. We hope this service will bring comfort to everyone who attends. This invite extends to all in the community.

Lodge Brothers funeral directors Ashford and Funeral directors Woking and many other Lodge Brothers branches get behind several important campaigns where lives are changed or saved such as the Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, involving thousands of schools, organisations and community groups every year. Set up in 1997, the event is coordinated annually by Brake each November, and aims to encourage grassroots action on road safety and raise awareness about the part we can all play in preventing tragedies and making roads safer. Road Safety Week is taking place 17-23 November 2014, it is asking everyone to ‘look out for each other’ on roads, because being selfish can easily lead to tragedy.

Particularly calling on drivers to protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20 in communities, looking twice and taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room. Specsavers in St Neots are holding a raffle to raise funds for this excellent charity. T L Cobbold are very proud to be support such an important project.

Lodge Brothers are passionate about making people aware in order to save lives.

Lodge Brothers all around the UK Funeral Directors Chertsey and Funeral Directors Englefield Green know what a special time it is at Christmas especially if you have lost a loved one, this can be one of the most painful occasions to celebrate without your loved one. They understand the importance of acknowledging that special person and have many different ways of including you to be able to celebrate their life.

 

 

6Aug/140

Lodge Brothers the family you can turn to in time of need

Lodge Brothers have been serving the community for over 100 years not just with arrange a funeral Twickenham and arrange a funeral Cobham but all types of community initiatives and support. Lodge Brothers have just opened Funeral Directors Cobhamoffering many services and products such as floral tributes Twickenham and floral tributes Cobham many different ways to pay a fitting tribute to loved ones.

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Read about what they have been doing in the community recently this summer

St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Therfield

What better way to spend an English summer’s afternoon than at St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Therfield Fete, which was held on Saturday 21st June 2014. As Henry James once said, “Summer afternoon-summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” The weather was kind and made for a afternoon packed with many different attractions for all ages. Reverend Morgan quoted, “Thank you Cecil Newling for kindly donating a raffle prize, the fete has raised about £4,000.” The photo shows Ben Rule clutching his raffle prize.

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24Apr/140

Remember your loved one with a fitting memorial

Meet Robert Lodge who has just opened Funeral Directors Cobhamhe is the seventh generation descendant of James Lodge who founded Lodge Brothers in 1780  along with experienced Funeral Arranger Claire Nightingale who is moving from the G. Boutell in Byfleet will assist him. 

With many years’ experience the staff have you can be rest assured to get exceptional service and the right advice in your time of grief.

The new premises have been extensively refurbished to ensuring arranging a funeral in Cobham both comforting and informal surroundings, including a Chapel of Rest and a private meeting room for families to discuss funeral arrangements.

Lodge Brothers have been helping and advising families in Surrey for over 225 years.  Today the company is run by six members of the Lodge family (Andrew, Robert, Christopher, Michael, Beverley and Janet) who are the seventh generation of family owned funeral directors.

As well as arranging and carrying out funerals, the new Englefield Green branch will be offering advice and help with Floral Tributes CobhamPrepaid Funerals Cobham and Memorials & Headstones Cobham

10Feb/140

Lodge Brothers will assist you when you most need them

Lodge Brothers are pleased to announce they have opened a new branch of their constant expanding business. With a full range of services you will find also find a large selection of memorials headstoneslawn memorials headstones and classic memorials to choose from.Steve Knight Prepares for Dedication Service at Twickenham

Steve Knight has just taken up the position of Branch Arranger at the newly opened Lodge Brothers branch in Twickenham. Steve joined the company as a Relief Arranger and was asked to take on the very exciting position at the brand new branch. The photograph shows Steve preparing for the Official Opening and Dedication Ceremony which will take place at the end of February in the presence of the Mayor of Richmond.

Quentin Edgington, Lodge Brothers District Manager for the area, said, ‘I believe Steve is an excellent person to take on the challenge of developing the new business in Twickenham, and I wish him well for the future.’