Successful Maples and Jacques at the South Holland

5th December 2016
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Success!

We are extremely pleased to confirm the outcome of a very successful night at the South Holland Business Awards 2016.

Jacques Ripley was the joint winner of the Apprentice of the Year Award.  In particular this being a tremendous reward for him after all the work he has put into helping the firm with a seamless integration of a new office management computer system.

Then in respect of the major award for the evening, namely Business of the Year we came a very creditable second and received a commendation from the judges.  This follows on from previous successes for the firm with these awards, as we won the Customer Care Award in 2013 and in 2014 we were commended in the Supporting the Community Award.

A delegation from the firm, including Partners and staff were present at the evening to celebrate these successes.

Mrs Anita Toal, Managing Partner of the firm, has commented:-

“These two Awards are a great recognition for us in the local community.  As our first ever apprentice, so I believe, Jacques has made an outstanding contribution to the firm and has ably assisted the Practice Manager (Chris Ayre) in helping the firm get to grips and used to a brand new office management system.  The commendation accolade in the Business of the Year Award category just marks how well and how hard all the Partners and staff have worked this year in order to service all of our clients.  A big thank you goes to all of our members of staff for making a very valued contribution to the firm this year.  We shall endeavour to maintain our high standards during 2017!”


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How Banks are Cashing in on Wills

Recent headlines have reported how banks are now cashing in on Wills.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, banks offered customers low cost Wills (or sometimes even free Wills) but the small print allowed the bank to charge extortionate rates to act as Executors. It is reported that banks are expecting billions of pounds of revenue from their Will writing services and administering estates and in some cases their fees have been over £12,000 to administer an estate as they look to charge a fixed fee PLUS a percentage of the deceased’s wealth.

If you or a loved one has made a Will through a bank we would urge you to check who you have appointed as Executors and check any small print which you may have signed. If you are unsure then please speak with one of our lawyers in the Wills and Probate team who can look at your existing Will with you. It may be appropriate to make a new Will which revokes any previous Will you have made which could save your family thousands of pounds when your estate needs to be administered.

In the majority of cases, when someone has passed away we can provide the family with a quote of how much the legal fees will be so that there are no nasty surprises once the administration is complete.

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Testimonials

Gemma Mayer LLB

"I would highly recommend Maples Solicitors, especially Gemma Mayer, for any conveyancing work. The level of support and professionalism was excellent at all times. I also felt if I needed to ask or clarify anything that it was not an issue. Buying and selling a house is stressful enough, but Gemma helped me through it step by step."

Anita Toal LLB BA

"I think you are brilliant. You can use my comments above. You are efficient, friendly and quite clearly very good at what you do. Mainly you don’t leave people hanging around too long for." "So easy to talk to her and she understood what I wanted. She put me at ease and I cant thank her enough"

Daven Naghen LLB

"Daven provided an excellent service, from attending the first interview with me to the final court appearance. He filled me full of confidence that he would defend me to which he did and come out with an excellent outcome in view of my position that I had put myself in."

Faye Blair LLB

Faye was excellent, sensitive and acted very well to the time constraints we faced. Great service and dealt with compassion at such sad times made the process less painful very professional.

Jamie Dobbs ACILEx

Over the last forty years I have cause to deal with many law firms both in a personal and professional capacity, including some ‘top’ London Companies. In all of those dealings I have never found anyone as proactive and so willing to offer help and advice as Jamie Dobbs. During the last two years Jamie guided my parents through the completion of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Helped myself with the use of the LPA and recently dealing with Probate and Estate Administration following their death.

Mike Pepper MA

Mike Pepper gave us excellent advice. He was always most helpful and accommodating giving lucid explanations every step of the way. Thank you Mike.

Claire Smith FCILEx

Claire Smith has been amazing in every way. I highly recommend her and I am so grateful for all her help. She’s professional on all levels, reliable, extremely organised and I will be recommending her to everyone. I’m very lucky to have had her representing me and I can’t thank her enough. She is an asset to Maples. Thanks so much Claire!