Secure Document Storage

Your Will ought to be stored in a secure location to avoid it getting lost or inadvertently destroyed.

Copy Wills are not legally valid, so if your signed Will is lost or destroyed it is treated as though you had not made a Will.  In other words, you are considered to have died intestate.

Bicester Wills can offer a secure storage service with The Archive Centre.  This long established local company are an ISO 9001 registered firm.  They are therefore fully compliant with The Data Protection Act 1998.

For a yearly fee of £20, payable by Standing Order, you may store all your important original documents.  This includes Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, property deeds and so on.

Your documents will be collected from us and stored by the Archive Centre.  We will give you storage cards with retrieval details and a unique reference number so that your documents can be identified.  We suggest that you keep a card yourself and give one to each of your Executors so that they can easily retrieve the documents on your death.

This storage service is a low cost, easy option for providing peace of mind.  Having gone to the trouble of making a Will, it certainly makes sense to keep it safe and sound.

Thank you very much for the fast and efficient service you provided recently in preparing a will for my client at short notice.

Having given the instructions on a Friday, I was very impressed that you provided a draft by Saturday and the final version ready for signature on Monday.

At my company we try to provide clients with prompt professional service, and I was delighted to find that you also provide this sort of service to your clients.

Needless to say I have no hesitation in recommending you to any of my clients and contacts who might need your services in the future.

Michael J

Services

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Make your voice heard!

Legally, you can have someone else to speak for you if you’re no longer able to do so. You need to complete and register a Lasting Power of Attorney to give the person or people you trust the legal power to be your voice.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), and at the moment a lot of people are setting up Health & Welfare LPAs.

Having tough conversations

People who are already vulnerable are concerned about the Coronavirus.  People working on the front line in healthcare, public transport, and other key roles know that they are risking their health and that of those they live with.
Talking about healthcare wishes, talking about financial and funeral arrangements, talking about Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney… Big topics.

Making a Will or LPA from home

You won’t be surprised to learn that the COVID-19 outbreak has made lots of people think about their Will, or who will help them with their money or decisions about medical treatment if they are hospitalised. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to have peace of mind about these things. You can access any of our services by telephone consultation, and do not need to visit us in our office or invite us to your home.

How do I manage the money when someone dies?

When someone dies, their money and possessions have to be sorted out.  If they had a Will, there will be named Executors who take this on. If they did not have a Will, then usually the next of kin is the person responsible. These people are legally allowed to manage the ‘estate’, and are known as the Personal Representatives (PRs).