Banded Fees to be introduced for Probate Applications

From May 2017, the way fees are charged for probate applications will change. The current flat fees (£155 if the application is made by a solicitor, or £215 if made by an individual) are to be replaced with a banded fee structure.

This means that small estates (of less than £50,000) will be able to proceed without any application charge being payable, but the probate application fee will otherwise be dependent on the size of the estate.

It is expected that for estates with a value between £50,000 and £300,000 the probate fee will be £300, estates up to £500,000 will pay £1,000, and those up to £1,000,000 will pay £4,000.  This will be a significant change from the previous structure for some applicants, but a solicitor can help guide you through the process.

If you would like to discuss the changes or any other probate related matter, please get in touch with our private client department.

Brains and Beauty

We are delighted that Nicole Toone, 23 years old, an Archivist and Admin Assistant at Parry Law is currently one of 14 contestants competing in the third Miss England semi-final heat for 2017.

Nicole needs the support of her local community before voting lines close in order to secure a place in the Miss England semi-final held in June 2017.

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The voting lines opened Thursday 1st December 2016 at 12 midday and will close on Monday 2nd January 2017 at 12 midday

Nicole now has a month to promote herself in the local area to gain votes from the public. During this time, she will also be raising awareness and funds for the Miss World Charity ‘Beauty with a Purpose’.

Nicole needs your support to help win the Miss England Semi Final heat title.

You can vote for Nicole by texting MISS SEMI10 to 63333.

Text votes costs 50p.

Strode Park is Parry Law’s new charity of the year for 2016

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Parry Law are delighted to be supporting the Strode Park Foundation as their chosen charity.

Established 1946 the Strode Park Foundation is a Kent charity providing vital care and support services for children and adults with disabilities.

The Foundation aims to meet all levels of need, from those requiring a small amount of home care and support to people with more complex disabilities requiring neuro-rehabilitation or 24 hour nursing residential care.

Strode Park promotes independence well-being and choice throughout its care services and enables people to live life the way they choose.

We look forward to this special partnership in this particularly special year for Strode Park as they celebrate their 70th Anniversary.

Parry Law hands over cheque to charity of the Year

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A charity has been presented with £1,500 after a year-long community project led by Parry Law.  Donations flooded in from businesses and fundraising included a raffle, auction and evening meal at The Abode in Canterbury.  The cash will help Relate East Kent – our chosen charity of the year which offers counselling services.

Carolyn Parry said “We can’t believe the generosity of the people of Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding areas”.

“We kept the fundraising going through the year, even with small events such as a cake bake at our office and face painting at the Whitstable Regatta.  All our staff have been outstanding and we all have a lot of fun doing this”.

Anyone interested in suggesting a local charity for this year’s campaign can contact Carolyn on 01227 276276 or email carolyn.parry@parrylaw.co.uk

World Cancer Day at Parry Law

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Too many lives are touched by cancer; whether we have personally experienced the cruel consequences of the disease or simply know someone who has struggled through the treatments, it is something that impacts on everyone’s life.

This year we decided to mark World Cancer Day on Thursday 4th February. The local Cancer Research shop were incredibly supportive and supplied us with 50 Unity bands to sell. The leading cancer charities have all been selling Unity bands in their nominated colours at a suggested donation of £2 each. Every member of staff supported this worthy cause.

In order to boost our fund raising further we also organised an office bake sale. The contributions were impressive! A surprising number of people brought in edible contributions including both homemade and store bought sweet treats, savoury snacks and fruit for those with less of an indulgent side (and more restraint!) than others. Needless to say, the mountain of options proved popular and people donated generously.

The day brought some laughs, some yummy home baking and raised cash for a very worthy cause in the process.

World Cancer Day is a time to stop for a moment and give thanks to our UK cancer charities for their continuing hard work in their campaigns to raise awareness, promoting lifesaving research and providing aftercare and support to suffering individuals and their families.

We at Parry Law hope that the £235 that we raised will play even just a small part in securing a safer, healthier future for individuals and their families whose lives are impacted by cancer, and would encourage everyone to continue raising awareness and taking part in charitable fundraising events, now and in the future.

Emma Tappenden

Collaborative Family Law

We are delighted to announce that Perveez Sethna, our Head of Family has qualified as a Collaborative Lawyer.

As an alternative to the Court based process, we are now able to offer our clients an alternative route to resolving all issues, including those relating to finances and children.

Unlike the traditional process whereby when couples split they each take independent advice from their own family lawyer, the collaborative route consists of a series of round table meetings whereby you and your former partner, each with your own solicitors all sit down with an agreed commitment to resolve issues together. Rather than dealing through solicitors this process allows you to work with them to reach the best solution for you and your family.

Under this process it is not necessary for either of the parties to attend Court.

At its simplest, the collaborative process is all about reaching solutions together, to ease the pain of family breakdown.

If you wish to find out more information about the collaborative law process please contact Perveez Sethna either by telephone on number (01227) 276276 or by email at – perveez.sethna@parrylaw.co.uk