Our Christmas Opening Hours 2022

Season’s Greetings from Passmores

Our office will be closed from Friday 23rd of December from 1pm and will reopen as usual on Tuesday the 3rd of January at 9am.

We will be open on Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th of December.

Thank you for your loyalty and continued support throughout the year, and don’t forget to book an appointment with one of our experienced solicitors in 2023.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – see you all in 2023!

Cancer Research Gifts In Wills

THE POWER OF A PLEDGE – How Gifts in Wills Help Cancer Research

Support research into cancer and fund over one-third of researchers’ life-saving research by participating in the Free Will Scheme. Your donation will enable long-term research projects allowing scientists to achieve breakthroughs every day and leading to new treatments to continue saving lives for generations to come.

Since joining the Free Will Scheme in 2013, Passmores have written 789 wills with a total pledge amount of £1,217,445.

To put that value into perspective, £1.2m could fund the STAMPEDE trial in Cardiff, which is finding new treatments for people with advanced prostate cancer for over 7 years. With the help of funding like this, the STAMPEDE trial has already made a breakthrough in finding that adding abiraterone to hormone therapy at the beginning of treatment can greatly improve survival.

How to contribute:

Simply choose to leave a gift in your will to Cancer Research UK. There are many ways in which gifts can be left to Cancer Research UK, all you need to do is ask a legal professional who will advise you on how best to leave gifts.

Gifts can include:

RESIDUARY GIFTS

A residuary gift is a share of your estate rather than a fixed amount. These gifts retain their value and will not be affected by inflation. They can also grow over a lifetime, i.e., if you leave a 5% gift aged 25, this gift will grow alongside your net worth.

PECUNIARY GIFTS

A pecuniary gift (also known as a “cash gift”) is a specific sum of money given in a Will.

INDEX-LINKED PECUNIARY GIFT

An index-linked pecuniary gift is a specific sum of money given in a Will which is linked to the index of retail prices. Its sum will vary in line with any possible inflation increases however the gift is also protected against inflation eroding/decreasing its value.

SPECIFIC GIFT

These gifts include more specific items such as jewellery, stocks and shares, or a property. Recent examples include a Cartier ring worth c. £100k and a classic car worth £150k. Cancer Research UK will use their knowledge, expertise and contacts to maximise the value of specific gifts.

“We are absolutely honoured to be working with such a life-changing and positive charity to help support people who are suffering from cancer. We are thrilled that we have raised over £1m through this scheme and thank you for your continuous support.”

Carli Evans, Director at Passmores Solicitors.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading Cancer research charity and in the past 40 years, has helped to double the cancer survival rate. This could not have been possible without the funding of Cancer Research UK’s supporters who have funded over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.

1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime.[1] Cancer Research UK aims to accelerate progress and see 3 in 4 people surviving their cancer by 2034 but this will not be possible without the help of their supporters.

For more information about Cancer Research UK, the operation of the Free Wills Service and how gifts can make a difference please call 0300 123 7733 (Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm) or email supporterservices@cancer.org.uk

[1] Ahmad AS et al, British Journal of Cancer, 2015.

Article by Elin Jones, Paralegal

Newly Qualified Family solicitor

Newly Qualified Family solicitor required at well-established High Street law firm in Barry town centre, to run a caseload of private and public law cases.

Experience of family law is desirable.

  • Competitive salary
  • Job Type: Full-time

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Ability to commute/relocate:
  • BARRY: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)
  • Work Location: One location
  • Expected start date: 10/12/2022

Please Contact Charmaine Earley for more information

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Trainee Solicitor

A well-established high street firm is looking to recruit a Trainee Solicitor.

The role is suitable for an ambitious and hard-working individual who will assist in our Family and Private Law departments at our Barry office.

Candidates will have completed the LPC and have a clean driving licence.

Salary negotiable

Job Type: Full-time

Schedule:

  • 8-hour shift

Work Location: One location

Application deadline: 14/10/2022

To apply please email Charmaine Earley here.

Experienced Conveyancing Solicitor

We are looking for a solicitor, preferably experienced to work in our busy conveyancing/private client department to cover maternity leave with a view to extending the contract to the right candidate. Experience of running your own caseload is preferable. Newly qualified solicitors would be considered. Salary, market rate dependent upon experience and qualifications. No agencies please. Please provide a covering letter along with your CV to Claire – cg@passmores.com

An Exciting Opportunity Has Arisen At Passsmores.

We are currently recruiting for a qualified Solicitor/Lawyer specialising in all aspects of conveyancing to assist in our busy conveyancing department.

The successful candidate will have exposure to a wide variety of quality Conveyancing work.

We are a long-established local high street practice with a strong client following.

Ideally, the candidate will have at least 1 year PQE or equivalent and be able to run their own caseload independently and without supervision, from start to finish. Some experience in private client work would be preferable.

Contact Claire Grace at CG@passmores.com with your CV or for more information.

Office Closure

Lockdown Office Closure

Our offices will be closed to clients from tomorrow as a result of the most recent lockdown.

We are still contactable by telephone 01446 721000 or by email until 1pm on 23rd December. Any clients who have prearranged appointments will be contacted separately. Thank you all for your understanding.

Merry Christmas to all of our clients and let’s hope 2021 will be a better year for everyone.

Paralegal Position

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Passsmores.

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Passsmores.

We are currently looking to recruit a paralegal in our busy conveyancing and private client department with a view to a potential training contract thereafter.

Experience preferable in conveyancing and private client (Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney).

The role would be to assist fee earners in the department with a view to developing their own caseload.

Full support and training will be provided by our experienced team.

Salary to be discussed and dependant upon experience.

please contact Carli Evans for more information

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Lenders kick-start mortgage deals

Mortgages – Moving in the right direction!

Some positive news with many of the big lenders starting to kick-start mortgage deals.

This demonstrates how the housing market is able to be flexible and adapting to unprecedented market conditions. Lenders are wanting to do business, which is incredibly encouraging using the latest technology to innovate and think outside the box.

Here at Passmores Solicitors we have also been pragmatic and remodelled our business set up to adapt to the changing legal environment we find ourselves in.

We are still able to offer you comprehensive services for all your conveyancing needs. Maintaining a local and personal touch.

We are taking on new instructions and progressing matters as normal. Please contact Claire Grace for a competitive quote for all residential and commercial conveyancing matters.

 

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Making a Will during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has led to the whole country make significant changes to their everyday living including working from home, teaching their children due to school closure, self-isolating from their friends and families and only leaving the house for essential journeys. During this time, many people have had the chance to reflect on different aspects of their lives including making a Will and amending their current Wills.

For a Will to be valid, the execution of the Will must comply with Section 9 of the Wills Act 1837. This means that the person making the Will must sign this in the presence of two independent witnesses, who need to be there in person i.e. not via video link/skype/zoom when the Will is signed. The witnesses would then add their signature and details to the Will to confirm that they have witnessed that Will being signed in their physical presence. There are also strict rules as to who may act as the witnesses. If any of these rules are not adhered to, the Will could be rendered invalid causing your estate to pass to people who may not be your chosen beneficiaries.

We appreciate that it is difficult to arrange for two people to witness the signing of the Will, whilst complying with the current social distancing guidance from the Government. However, many lawyers are finding different ways of signing their Wills by asking their witnesses to stand out the house and view the Will signing through a window or patio doors so the Will can be passed to the witnesses to sign.

Passmores Solicitors are committed to providing you with the appropriate legal advice for the preparation of your Will during these unprecedented times. We can offer an initial telephone/skype appointment to go through your requirements. Once the Will has been prepared, we can post the Will to you and arrange a telephone appointment to guide you through the signing process. If necessary, we can provide a ‘through the window’ service, where social distancing measures are adhered to.

If you wish to discuss making a Will or amendments to a current Will, then please telephone our office on 01446 721000 or you can contact Georgia Brooks or Carli Evans directly via by email.