Russell and Russell Solicitors can deal with all the legal aspects of your new life together. Whether you’re buying or selling a property, looking to protect your assets, thinking about starting a family or want to leave your possessions to those you care about, we can help.
We’ve nine offices across the North West; in Bolton, Atherton, Bury, Chester, Farnworth, Horwich and Middleton. And, because anything can happen at any time, we’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The price of a getting a death certificate in England and Wales has nearly
tripled. Registering a death now
costs £11 for each certificate – a jump from just £4 each.
A death certificate is needed by relatives to prove a death to authorities
and institutions, such as banks, building societies, investment firms and life
assurance companies. Transferring the ownership of shares also requires a death
The new mandatory price has been set by the General Register Office, which
answers to the Home Office. With more than half a million people dying in
England and Wales each year, the price increase is likely to bring in millions
of pounds for the government.
The Home Office has defended the move, stating this is the first
rise since 2010,however, critics have pointed out that some relatives could
need up to 20 certificates to prove to different authorities that their loved
one has passed away. Even those whose loved one’s had relatively simple financial
affairs could still need 10 certificates, which would increase the bill from £40
“This is a financial outlay that many people will struggle to meet,
especially those on low incomes”, said Judith Bromley, head of wills and
probate at Russell & Russell. “It’s another stealth tax the government has
introduced to bring in more money when there’s no extra work to justify the
Russell & Russell
will be attending the Older Persons’ Fair this Friday, the 15th
The event, which is
being held at Lostock Parish Centre, is aimed at advising older people with a
range of questions surrounding health and well-being. It will run from 10am
until 1pm and is free to enter.
attending include the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support,
Friends of Horwich memory café, Greater Manchester Older People’s Network, Bolton
West stroke group and Age UK Bolton.
The fair, which has
been put together by Chris Green, MP for Bolton West, is the fourth he has arranged
after regularly being approached by his constituents for guidance on
organisations that provide support and help on a variety of issues.
Judith Bromley, head
of wills and probate at Russell &
Russell, said: “This is going to be a really useful event for anyone looking
for information about services for older people. We’ll be on hand to give
advice on wills, probate, estate planning and elderly care and there’ll be lots
of other groups and businesses attending that offer support for all manner of
The address for Lostock
Parish Centre is Tempest Road, Bolton, BL6 4EL. For more information Chris
Green can be contacted on 01942 409 132 or by email at
Victoria is here to help..
Victoria adds more
wills and probate skills to Russell & Russell Solicitors
Marsh, a solicitor in Russell & Russell’s wills and probate department,
has gained her Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients with the
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
STEP is the worldwide
professional association for those advising families across generations. The
accreditation awarded to Victoria demonstrates best practice and professional
integrity in her wills and probate work.
Victoria, who works at the firm’s head office in Bolton,
joins a number of solicitors at the firm who are accredited to STEP and older
client care practices. All Russell & Russell’s probate solicitors are also
members of Solicitors for the Elderly, an
independent organisation of legal advisers who provide specialist legal advice
for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. The department is a
member of Dementia Friends and
is accredited to the Law Society’s Wills
and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) which sets the benchmark for best
practice and transparency in the provision of wills and estate planning services.
In addition to its normal probate
service, the firm also runs two free legal clinics every week. Members of the
public can drop in to the Farnworth office on a Wednesday between 1 – 4pm to
discuss any probate or family law matters. Alternatively, the Atherton offers
the same service on a Friday between 1pm and 5pm.
Commenting on Victoria’s qualification, Judith
Bromley, head of wills and probate at Russell & Russell, said: “The
STEP accreditation is not easy to attain; it requires a lot of additional work
and study on top of holding down a full time job, so all credit to Victoria for
achieving it. As a firm, we’re committed to helping everyone who comes through
our doors and Victoria’s certification means that she’s appropriately skilled to
help our more vulnerable clients.
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