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Ware & Kay Solicitors We can help with a wide range of services personal to you, whether that be buying or selling your home, family & children, divorce, wills, powers of attorney, estates & tax planning or elderly client services, we will find a solution that works for you. We can advise and assist with a wide range of services for your business including commercial property, corporate & commercial services, employment advice and litigation & dispute resolution.

We can provide guidance that is clear, pragmatic and strategic. We offer financial advice through Ware & Kay Financial Services Ltd, which is our separate Independent Financial Adviser firm. We have a range of guides including: an introduction to life insurance, ISAs, inheritance tax and pensions. We have offices in York, Wetherby & Malton and offer a wide range of legal services to individuals and businesses throughout Yorkshire and beyond.

We focus on what is important to you: your family, your job, your home, your business, your peace of mind, your financial security, the essential areas of life.
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read more › Ware & Kay has offices in York, Wetherby & Malton and offer a wide range of legal services to individuals and businesses throughout Yorkshire and beyond. We also have an office in Malton under the trading name Pearsons & Ward. Our reputation for good quality services has been built up over many years, the first partnership having been formed in 1812, and our clients tell us that being able to reach us and get a response when they need it is one of the things which sets us apart. At Ware & Kay, it is extremely important to us that we provide you with an excellent service.

read more › Did you know, for example, that a later marriage revokes any existing Will you may have made? We can help ensure that any young children are looked after and that you avoid any surprises, upsets or the paying of unnecessary Inheritance Tax. We offer fixed fees for straightforward Wills and amendments plus a reduced price for couples instructing us simultaneously. If you were not able to act due to mental or physical incapacity then a Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone to deal with matters on your behalf.

read more › Many people who do not make a Will believe that assets will go to their nearest and dearest. Sadly, this is not always the case. If you do have a Will but have not reviewed it for a while, it is important that you do take a look at your Will to ensure that it still correctly reflects your wishes and also takes account of any changes in your circumstances. In addition, you may be interested in our Lasting Powers of Attorney expertise. When we plan for the future it is essential to consider the possibility of becoming unable to look after our own affairs because of physical or mental incapacity, whether brought on by an accident, illness or old age which may make everyday tasks such as paying bills, managing a budget and making financial and welfare decisions difficult, stressful and, in some cases, impossible.

read more › Dealing with a death and the accompanying administrative responsibilities can be difficult enough to manage. However, if someone has died without leaving a Will, you can feel at a total loss. Here we address some common concerns that arise when a family member dies 'intestate'. For reliable advice at a challenging time, speak with our compassionate probate lawyers today on 01904 716000 (York), 01937 583210 (Wetherby) or 01653 692247 (Malton), or use our online contact form. Ordinarily, a Will names an executor (or executors) to carry out the probate process.

read more › Whether you are an executor or an administrator of a deceased person's estate, a beneficiary or someone who should receive part of an estate, our expert team of solicitors is on hand to advise you on all aspects. Our specialist contentious probate solicitors understand that disputes of this kind can cause a great deal of worry and heartache at what is already a difficult time. We work quickly and efficiently to resolve your dispute, minimising the disruption for you and your family. Our contentious probate specialists are experienced in dealing with all types of estate and Will disputes and have acted on behalf of trustees, personal representatives, beneficiaries and people challenging the distribution of an estate.

read more › No-one wants to think about dying, but it is vitally important that you have an up-to-date Will that sets out what you want to happen when you pass away. Without one, those that survive you could find themselves lost in a legal maze, unable to access the assets they know you wanted them to have. Ware & Kay can guide you through the Will writing process with ease and ensure that, whatever the future holds, your loved ones are looked after as you would want. Talk to our Wills lawyers today on 01904 716000 (York), 01937 583210 (Wetherby) or 01653 692247 (Malton), or use our online contact form.

read more › Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) replaced EPAs from then onwards. There are some differences between EPAs and LPAs, the main one being that EPAs only allow your attorney to make decisions about issues relating to your Property and Financial Affairs, whereas there are 2 types of LPA, one which covers Property and Financial Affairs and a separate one which covers "Health and Welfare" issues. At the time when EPAs were made, which allows your attorney to assist you in dealing with your finances, the opportunity to appoint an attorney to act for you on health and welfare issues was not available.

read more › Reduce your tax burden and make sure your assets go where you want them to go. With recent changes in tax legislation, it is more important than ever to make sure that you are aware of your liabilities and know your options. With the right planning, not only can our team help you protect your loved ones and avoid unnecessary Inheritance Tax, we can even help protect you against the cost of Revenue investigation. We are members of the Law Society's Probate Section and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

read more › This will involve paying off any debts they have, and sharing their estate - that is their money, property and possessions - amongst the beneficiaries who are entitled to inherit. In many cases, the person's Will details how this should be done. If they did not leave a Will, special legal rules called the Rules of Intestacy are followed to determine how their estate should be distributed. There are cases, however, when beneficiaries may feel that changes should be made to how the deceased's estate is to be shared.

read more › There are lots of important reasons for making a Will. Doing so allows you to legally record what will happen to your money and property when you die. A Will enables you to give instructions as to who should take charge of distributing your estate and puts in place any individual plans you would like for your funeral. Many people are unaware that estate planning can also be used to reduce their liability for inheritance tax. At Ware & Kay, our inheritance tax planning solicitors can offer friendly, efficient and professional legal advice on reducing your liability for tax after you die.

read more › Losing a loved one is always a difficult and upsetting experience. Having to deal with administrative responsibilities associated with the death can add to this particularly challenging time. The specialist probate solicitors at Ware & Kay can offer friendly, empathetic and thoughtful advice on all matters relating to probate. Our comprehensive knowledge in areas such as tax law, property law and trust law means we are excellently placed to help you deal with the estate of a loved one. The term 'probate' is used to describe the process of administering an estate.

read more › The loss of a loved one is deeply painful. At such a challenging time, carrying out the administrative duties and tasks to wind up their estate can feel daunting. This process is sometimes referred to as probate. For further assistance, give Ware & Kay's caring probate team a call on 01904 716000 (York), 01937 583210 (Wetherby) or 01653 692247 (Malton), or get in touch using our online contact form. The Will of the deceased typically names an executor or multiple executors. Executors are responsible for administering the estate and carrying out the deceased's wishes as set out in their Will.

read more › If someone loses capacity and has not made a Lasting Power of Attorney then it does not mean that no-one will be able to make decisions on their behalf. A family member, professional or friend can make an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed as their Deputy. The Deputy application is a detailed and lengthy procedure and requires information about the person's finances and a capacity assessment. Once the Deputy Order is made, the Court of Protection may impose ongoing supervision requirements such as the submission of an annual report detailing how you have managed the person's finances in the previous year.

read more › Whether you are married, living together or civil partners - ending your relationship is never easy. Whilst you may not wish to live together any more, the prospect of splitting up can seem overwhelming, especially if children are involved. Although it is in everyone's best interests to part amicably, this is easier said than done. With emotions running high, it can be hard for spouses/partners to reach agreement. Issues such as custody of children, what to do about the family home or other shared assets will need to be sorted out.

read more › Going through a divorce is never easy. Emotions are running high, and there are many practical concerns to deal with in addition to the legal steps you need to go through to end your marriage. Our family law solicitors aim to ease some of the difficulty you are experiencing by making the legal process of getting divorced as straightforward as possible for you. We take the time to listen to you and to understand your circumstances to handle your divorce in a way that is right for you. For most, avoiding confrontation and maintaining relationships is essential, and that is why we strive to resolve any disputes using collaborative methods.

read more › At difficult times, such as divorce and separation, it is important that issues relating to any children involved are resolved and arrangements, in the best interests of the children, are put in place as soon as possible. However, it is not always easy to agree on a way forward between partners even though the primary concern for many couples is often the welfare of their children. At Ware & Kay Solicitors, we are sensitive to the issues and experienced in helping resolve disputes regarding any children.

read more › There has been speculation recently that the government was considering making it harder for people to change their name by revoking the automatic right to do so, following the Safeguarding Alliance raising a petition on the government's website setting out their concerns that, at present, a convicted sex offender can easily change their name and potentially evade detection. The government responded by saying that they shall amend existing Home Office guidance so that only enrolled Deed Polls (through the Royal Courts of Justice) will be accepted as a proof of name change.

read more › If you are considering getting a divorce, you will undoubtedly have many questions about the legal process, especially if you have children. If you would like legal advice tailored to your particular circumstances, get in touch with our divorce lawyers today by completing the online enquiry form. Divorcing spouses are called the petitioner and the respondent. The petitioner is the party who starts legal proceedings by filing for divorce. It's important to note that a petition can only be issued after at least one year of marriage.

read more › One of the most challenging aspects of divorce is deciding where your children will live and when they will spend time with each parent. You must also establish how your children's living expenses will be paid. Many divorcing spouses will try and reach a private agreement about living arrangements and financial provision. However, in cases where this is not possible, these decisions can be made for you through a court order and the Child Maintenance Service. When a court is called upon to settle a dispute regarding living arrangements, its primary concern is the child's welfare.

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