More Legal Services
We are pleased to offer a range of comprehensive legal services which complement our specialism in personal injury and employment rights litigation.
Here, you can learn more about the expert advice and support provided by our specialist lawyers for clients who are facing criminal charges.
In addition, Thompsons Solicitors also provides a range of additional legal services, such as making a will and applying for lasting powers of attorney, via dedicated teams at BBH Legal Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thompsons Solicitors.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED LEGAL QUESTIONS
1. What is a lasting power of attorney?
A lasting power of attorney is a legal document that enables you to appoint one or more people to make decisions for you, should you lose the mental capacity to do so. There are two types of lasting power of attorney: one covering health and welfare, and another covering financial decisions.
2. Why do I need a lasting power of attorney?
If you do not have a lasting power of attorney and lose the mental capacity to handle your own affairs, the Court of Protection can take over. A relative can apply to court to pursue those duties, but that application can cost thousands of pounds and may not be accepted.
3. Who should have a lasting power of attorney?
Anyone who, in the event of a serious injury or illness, would want a relative or loved one to be responsible for managing their affairs. Thompsons Solicitors has witnessed the value of a lasting power of attorney for serious injury and asbestos disease clients.
4. How much does it cost to set up a lasting power of attorney?
The cost of setting up a lasting power of attorney differs, depending on whether you choose to enlist the expertise of a specialist solicitor, and your financial circumstances – if the person applying is eligible for certain state benefits then they may not have to pay. Setting up power of attorney in advance is always cheaper than having the Court of Protection controlling your affairs.
For free, no obligation advice, contact power of attorney specialists BBH Legal Services Ltd, Thompsons Solicitors’ wholly-owned subsidiary law firm.
5. What is a deputy?
A deputy is someone chosen by the Court of Protection, in the absence of a lasting power of attorney, to make decisions on behalf of someone who has lost their mental capacity.
6. What is a deputyship order?
A deputyship order is issued by the Court of Protection and enables someone to make decisions on behalf of another person who has lost the mental capacity to do so. People apply for deputyship orders when there is no power of attorney in place.
7. Who can apply for a deputyship order?
If you are over 18 and (typically) a relative or close friend of someone who needs help to make decisions about their finances, health or wellbeing, you can apply to be a deputy. Professionals, such as solicitors or local authority representatives, can also be paid to act as deputies. For expert advice, contact BBH Legal’s specialist deputyship team.
9. What is a will?
A will is a legal document that sets out what you want done with your belonging and the care of your children when you die.
10. What happens if I die without having a will?
If you don’t have a will, you have no say in what happens to your belongings, any money you have or children should you die. The UK’s Rules of Intestacy will govern how your assets are divided, which could exclude people or charities you’d like to have benefited.
11. Why should I use a solicitor to make a will?
Seeking the expertise of a professionally trained solicitor, such as those in the BBH Legal wills and probate team, when writing a will ensures it is legally binding and suitably clear – particularly important when finances are complicated or there are several beneficiaries.
12. What is probate?
Probate is the process of dealing with someone’s estate when they die. It is usually carried out by executors, often a relative or close friend, who is named in the will. Professional assistance is often helpful is the estate is complicated.
13. How much does a will cost?
The cost of making a will varies depending on how you choose to do it and the expertise you seek when preparing it. If you belong to a trade union, check if you can access a will-making service through them.
Thompsons Solicitors’ professional wills and probate team charge from £150, inclusive of VAT, for a single will and £240, inclusive of VAT, for a joint will. To find out more, visit our Wills and Probate page.
14. What is professional negligence?
Professional negligence ocurrs when a professional, such as a solicitor, does not perform their responsibilities to an appropriate standard.
15. What is a professional negligence compensation claim?
A professional negligence claim for compensation is a legal process started by someone who feels they have not been dealt with appropriately by the professional whose skills they sought.
16. What sort of professional negligence can I claim for?
There are many types of professional negligence, involving a range of professions – from accountancy to surveying. Thompsons Solicitors can help people to make a claim for compensation against a solicitor from another legal firm in relation to, for example, failed claims, unexpected deductions from their final compensation or under-settled compensation claims.
17. Do I have a professional negligence compensation claim?
Professionals are expected to have specific skills and expertise. If you believe the standard of the professional you sought help from fell below what should reasonably be expected of their profession, and this resulted in a loss for you, then you may be entitled to claim compensation for professional negligence. It is a complicated area of law but our experts can review your file and advise you as to whether you may be able to make a compensation claim.
18. How much does it cost to make a compensation claim?
There are several ways to fund a claim for professional negligence compensation - our skilled lawyers will be able to talk you through your options. Call 0800 0 224 224, complete our Start a Claim form or request a callback.
19. How long do I have to make a professional negligence compensation claim?
Most claims need to be made within six years of the date of negligence, though there are exceptions. For expert advice, speak to Thompsons Solicitors’ friendly professional negligence experts.
20. How much professional negligence compensation will I get?
The amount of compensation awarded depends on a variety of factors, with damages usually assessed from the date of the breach in professionalism. Our experienced team will give you an indication of the amount you may be entitled to as quickly as possible.
21. How long does it take to settle a professional negligence compensation claim?
Each case is unique. Straightforward cases are ordinarily settled within months. Our experienced team will give you an indication of the amount you may be entitled to as quickly as possible.