Testimonials

MRS F

Maples Solicitors have just completed drawing up my Will for me, they are very efficient and professional and I can highly recommend them.


MR & MRS C

The service I received in the sale of my house and purchase of another home was superb.  If I need these services again I would us [sic] Maples again.


MRS R

Maples are a company who deal with my legal requirements very professionally in all aspects.  I feel very satisfied with the results.  


ANONYMOUS

I found it easy to make contact with the Solicitor responsible for my case, I was kept informed of progress and the staff were very efficient.  


MRS S E MARTIN

Maples Solicitors provided an efficient friendly service at a reasonable price


MRS L GEE-CARTER

I met Miss Dobbs as she was the lady who sorted out my late uncles estate.  I had never really dealt with a solicitor before.  But she had a great friendly and down to earth manner that really put me at ease.  It really banished the stuffy image that I had imagined.  She is young, friendly and very efficient.  I felt relaxed and at ease when I visited her.  I had regular friendly phone updates.  I would recommend her and Maples to anyone.  In fact I shall be back soon to make my own will.  


ANONYMOUS

During a Stressful Period I received superb representation. I fully recommend Maples Solicitors.


ANONYMOUS

After much deliberation on how to allocate our Will requirements Ms Jamie Dodds [sic] made the whole process easy to understand and everything was finalised very quickly, we would definitely recommend.


KIM CHAPPELL, TRACY WALFORD & BARRY WALFORD

Miss Dobbs dealt with our application for grant of probate very professionally and sympathetically.  The Grant arrived speedily and we were very pleased with the service we experienced at this difficult time, after the death of our mother.  Many thanks!


MRS L M EAKERS

I have been a client of Maples Solicitors LLP for many years now and have dealt with several solicitors for various needs and all have been friendly yet very efficient and expert in their particular field of work.

They go beyond their duty in providing a service that keeps you informed every step of the way relieving you of stress, by putting you at ease knowing as a client, you have put your business into very safe, friendly and very professional hands.

I have recommended Maples to others and will continue to highly recommend them in the future.


ARK ICT SOLUTIONS LIMITED

As a small business we needed reliable legal support on an occasional basis.  We have used Maples to draw up new contracts for our staff and to give us legal advice regarding a disciplinary matter. On-going we have chosen to pay for a yearly business legal support.  The advantage for us is that we can email or call Maples at any time, regarding any matter that crops up and get the right advice.  So far this has worked really well for us, especially as we know there are no hidden costs and it can be budgeted into the running costs across the year.


ANONYMOUS

I found the staff to be helpful and informative and helpful [sic] me with the work I required completing and I would certainly give their name to friends as a very professional company.


ANONYMOUS

We have engaged with Maples Solicitors LLP for over 40 years. They have advised and represented us through matters on a personal level, including property and Wills also on a professional level dealing with matters relating to our family business, including the sale of company and all that involved. Maples Solicitors, the partners and all colleagues that we have worked with have always been professional in their approach but shown a great deal of support at a personal level that has made us feel valued and respected. We have every confidence in recommending Maples Solicitors to anyone needing legal advice or support.


ANONYMOUS

Maples offers a first class and non judgemental service.  All staff are kind and polite, with a range of legal advice that is carefully calculated from the information you provide.  I believe this is the peace of mind everyone in a dire situation really wants from such a professional organisation.  Personally I can’t thank the team enough for their hard work and patience and have no hesitation in recommending their service to anyone.


MRS T

Excellent service. Having Anita as my solicitor was a huge support, she was professional as well as a tower of strength in difficult circumstances. I found everything concerning your service excellent.


ANONYMOUS

The level of service provided by Maples exemplifies the value of using a local, long established firm of solicitors to obtain benefits of experience at sensible cost. The result being a thoroughly enjoyable experience.


MISS K SMITH

I was very appreciative about the divorce proceedings. The advice given and the service I received made the proceedings straightforward and hassle free.


MRS S SELLARS

Outstanding Service, Informative and Case Handling exceeded expectations! Thank you!


ANONYMOUS

Maples Solicitors always give advice which to the best of their knowledge is correct according to the law as they interpret it, even if the advice is not quite what the client wants to hear. They leave no stone unturned to find a way legally to get round any problem that arises during negotiations to conclude a deal or a contract. I have complete faith in them as an adviser regarding decisions I have to make during a business transaction.


ANONYMOUS

Very timely, valued and comprehensive service. Can be relied upon to provide good quality legal advice, whilst taking the time to make sure the customer needs and requirements are met and often exceeded.


ANONYMOUS

I felt the service I got from Maples was excellent and was very honest all through the process. I would recommend Maples as a first class Solicitors group.


ANONYMOUS

Maples were helpful and reliable and kept me informed at all times.  I have used the services of Mike Pepper, Claire Smith and Faye Blair and can thoroughly recommend them.  They have always provided a fantastic, professional service and I shall continue to use Maples whenever I need any legal services.


JACKIE BRODERICK

When selling my mother’s bungalow, everything was explained thoroughly. No question was left unanswered, communication was great, updates always on time and any happenings relayed on time the same day. Thank you for a prompt, efficient and friendly service.


ANONYMOUS

Very helpful, always ready to advise and listen to client. Explanation very clear, and client always asked if he/she has understood the legal terminology. Very happy to have entrusted my affairs to this firm of solicitors.


ANONYMOUS

As a client of Maples Solicitors I can confirm the excellent way all work is carried out and the very courteous approach the staff have to clients.


CHRIS HAMMOND

Maples have handled my business for over 20 years. I’ve always had a good service from Maples however in this instance Claire Smith has been exceptional. Thank you so much Claire.


MR N ENGLISH

Mike Pepper is always friendly, helpful and professional in all dealings.  Mike also has a wealth of knowledge regarding the local property market.


ANONYMOUS

Having past experiences with this company, I decided that they were the ones to deal with my current problem. The company were true professionals, dealt with everything swiftly and matter of factly. The cost was reasonable and the outcome was as good as I expected. I would definitely use these people again.


GILL BALDWIN

We have used Maples on four occasions for buying and selling houses. Mike Pepper has dealt with everything speedily and we are very happy with the service. We were very impressed on the two occasions when we were selling property that on the day of completion the money was in our account later the same day after agents fees etc had been paid. Thank you for making the Conveyancing so quick and pain free.


ANONYMOUS

Prompt, courteously delivered service, All aspects of my case were clearly understood by both sides and best advice given, together with an accurate prognosis of the final outcome. Should I need further representation, I would certainly return to Maples and would without question, recommend them to others.


ANONYMOUS

Maples were very efficient and prompt in dealing with several areas of business for our family in what was a very difficult time for us. Thank you for taking all the responsibility and handling everything in such a professional but caring manner.


ANONYMOUS

My issues were sorted efficiently. This was the second occasion I had to use the services of Maples and I am very satisfied with the professional and efficient manner I was dealt with.


ANDREE DAVISON

During the time I instructed Claire at Maples she provided a wonderful efficient service. Her advice was clear and understandable. She was friendly and approachable, but remained professional at all times. Thanks you Claire.


ANONYMOUS

I do not hesitate in recommending Maples Solicitors LLP at all.  They are clear and concise and explain everything so that it can be understood by the layman.  The staff are very obliging and pleasant and will help in any way they can.


LINDA MARIE SMITH

I was always worred [sic] about dealing with Solicitors; but not for the last 30 years! Mike Pepper and his PA Freda are very easy to talk to, very friendly, explain everything in easy forms and are a pleasure to contact. My entire family use the company and would not consider going anywhere else. First class in every aspect!


ANONYMOUS

You have been our Solicitors for over 20 years.  We would not go anywhere else.  Maples provide a comprehensive, efficient service, with people who are knowledgeable, considerate and caring.  We would highly recommend them.


ANONYMOUS

Professional and friendly service. Regular updates. Approachable staff. All questions answered patiently and thoroughly. Information, including charges, clearly explained. Attention to detail at each stage gave us confidence in the process and outcomes.


MR J CLOW

Faultless, friendly service provided at all times.


MISS M

Introduction from friends. Easy to make initial contact. Given easy to understand advice. Treated with respect, professional but friendly. Certain to use again if required.


MRS B

Easy contact. Staff courteous. All queries dealt with promptly and patiently.


MRS C

Gave time and patience when dealing with case. They listen to you and don’t judge, was able to be yourself.


ANONYMOUS

Absolutely the best service at an extremely difficult time. Recognising and immediately appreciating the challenges of the case and need for as speedy a resolution as possible. Many many thanks.


GRAHAM & JULIE HICKS

Easy to deal with very professional always treated as an equal nothing too much trouble to explain however simple it may seem to them if not yourself.  A very friendly atmosphere and not pressured. 


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Risks of Making Own Lasting Powers of Attorney

In today’s environment we are all looking at areas of our lives where we can save money, whether that is our weekly shop at the supermarket or shopping around for cheaper utility providers. In some cases, people are also looking at the possibility of carrying out some of their own legal work where traditionally they would have appointed a lawyer to act on their behalf.

It is worth remembering that lawyers have undertaken many years of extensive training and, in some cases, built up many years of experience to provide full advice, taking into account the risks and benefits involved.

Although it is possible to make your own Lasting Powers of Attorney, the risks of doing so without having an experienced lawyer instructed to create the Lasting Power of Attorney on your behalf can be very serious.

One of the risks is if the Lasting Powers of Attorney are rejected by the Office of the Public Guardian at the point they are registered. There are thousands of Lasting Powers of Attorney rejected at this stage each year and if this is the case the Office of the Public Guardian will retain the registration fee submitted and require a further registration fee when the corrected application is made. Whilst having to incur a second registration is frustrating, the matter could be made worse if the person whose Lasting Power of Attorney is sought to be registered no longer has capacity. If capacity has been lost then a Lasting Power of Attorney cannot be made and the alternative to this (known as a Deputyship Order) is a very expensive, often running into the thousands of pounds, and time consuming process.

Another common situation is where a Lasting Power of Attorney has been created without legal assistance and is successfully registered at the Office of the Public Guardian. Some time later when the Lasting Power of Attorney is needed to be used there may be errors within the document or some incomplete sections which means banks and other organisations will not accept the document. Again, if the person in question no longer has capacity then they cannot make a new Lasting Power of Attorney. As stated previously, the only option available in this situation is the expensive and time consuming Deputyship Order. The Deputyship Order takes a number of months to be obtained which can cause difficulties for the family ensuring that bills continue to be paid which could cause cash flow problems for themselves.

Whilst certain areas of Lasting Powers of Attorney are relatively simple to complete, there are other areas of the form that are less simple. Indeed, there are some areas where it is advised that legal advice should be taken.

Another role of a solicitor when acting for a client making Lasting Powers of Attorney is to be alert for any potential undue influence or even fraud. A lawyer will attend upon the client and discuss the Lasting Powers of Attorney in detail to ensure they have understood the principles of Lasting Powers of Attorney, any implications and that it is something they are wanting to do themselves rather than a forceful third party exerting undue influence on them to do something they are not comfortable with. Sadly, there are cases where Lasting Powers of Attorney have been fraudulently made (such as being prepared and signed by someone with the person in question having no knowledge that it had ever been made so that the “attorneys” can then access bank accounts). With a lawyer instructed then we can safeguard against this since all of our clients are identified to ensure they are the person they are claiming to be.

As with most cost saving exercises, making your own Lasting Power of Attorney could result in being a false economy. The costs of rectifying errors, whether that be making a new Lasting Power of Attorney or the situation arising where a Deputyship Order is required, are unnecessary and expensive.

Our costs for dealing with Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are as follows:-

One LPA will be £350 plus VAT
Two LPAs will be £500 plus VAT
Any additional LPAs will be charged at £100 plus VAT.

Therefore, if a husband and wife decide to create both Property and Financial Affairs LPAs and Health and Welfare LPA’s (a total of four documents) then our total charges will be £700 plus VAT.

The document must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian for which there is an £82 court fee per document. It may be possible to apply for an exemption of this court fee if you are in receipt of certain benefits and this will be discussed during your initial meeting

To discuss Lasting Powers of Attorney, please contact one of our lawyers in the Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate Department:-

Jamie Dobbs- jamie.dobbs@maplessolicitors.com
Jane Mawer- jane.mawer@maplessolicitors.com
Faye Blair- faye.blair@maplessolcitors.com

Or telephone the office 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team.

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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

This is the second time we have used Mike Pepper at Maples Solicitors in the sale of our house. We cannot praise Mike enough for the highly efficient and professional service that he has provided us with. He is by far the best solicitor we have ever worked with, and the service that he has provided us with has gone far and beyond anything we have ever experienced. We have found the whole process to be a very relaxing experience.

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!

Anita Zaborniak

We found it a pleasure to deal with Anita Zaborniak, she was most helpful and informative and kept us up to date with the progress of the purchase of our new home. If we were to move again we wouldn’t hesitate to use Maples again.