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Springle & Co Solicitors Estate Planning Wills & Probate in North Shields, Tyne and Wear: Review
Springle & Co. Solicitors are a specialist firm like the last two we've covered. We have written on a wide range of multi-practice firms over the years. But as more and more people want specialists - we've started covering a larger percentage of those in response. This specialist firm handles Estate Planning matters including Wills, Probate, and Powers of Attorney. Estate Planning is what we would consider a fairly new term in the UK and relating to quite an emerging market although it's been big in the US for a long while. So please bear with us for a second on this article whilst we do a little foundation-setting.
At one point, more than two thirds of people were dying without leaving a will. This can cause huge issues for those left behind who are already dealing with the death itself. Those who did do any future planning (like myself) would typically get a quick, basic will written and take out life insurance using whatever inheritance-tax-dodging setup was recommended by the insurance salesman. For me, it was the 'Trust' loophole. I'd received very short term advice which would have been great had I died within five years. I didn't. I should have gotten better advice though, not cursed the fact I hadn't died in time.
This may sound like a typical banal statement from the Springle & Co website, however there really is alot more to consider these days as taxation rules and changes mount up. Plus more and more people are owning their own business which brings an entirely different set of issues to consider. Then on top of that, families are no longer conforming to the stereotypical husband/wife/2.6 children arrangement.
Life is complicated and so too is death. Absolutely, 100%, totally, unreservedly, we recommend having a will in place. However that should really be the lowest possible standard or just the first rung on the Estate Planning ladder. Not the totality of any plan.
If you've read other law firm review pieces on our website you'll know that typically we don't get into such detail or recommend-itive speeches about the usefulness or importance of any area of law. Hopefully, however, this is something you've thought about before this point. So whilst we're clearly not pushing the idea that this particular firm is the best for the job, we are certainly pushing the idea of planning properly and ensuring the advice you get is from a qualified and experienced professional. Preferrably one who does not get triple commission if they sell you a certain product instead of another.
The title of "Estate Planning" seems to have entered the UK lexicon to separate the firms that just witness and store a will for you versus those that actually spend time keeping up to date with the latest inheritance laws and taking time to work out what happens in relation to your second wife's assets in conjunction with what parts of the business can be passed on to the children of your first wife whilst making sure that charity you love gets a least a small portion and picking which of your relatives have an IQ level suitable enough to manage the whole thing as your executor ... An exaggerated example? No, not really.
So back to the matter of whether Springle and Co are a good firm to use should you decide that now is the time to take care of such decisions. When comparing any firm there are many resources online to help. The first port of call we recommend is usually The Law Society in your area. Either national or local.
This firm is registered with The Law Society of England & Wales and if you check out the page on any given firm you'll be shown their location, specialties, and the number of years each solicitor within the firm has been practicising. For example, Claire Springle qualified as a solicitor in 2001 so that's at least two decades of real experience under her metaphorical belt.
Other common sources for adjudication are review boards. At the time of writing we could not get any reviews to pop up on Google for Springle's clients. This should not be taken as a bad sign though, for at least three reasons. One, people are less likely to jump online and write a review about their divorce, will, or sexual harrasment claim so there are always less reviews of law firms compared to restaurants. Two, in legal matters people usually don't get everything they want, so many reviews are negative even if the solicitor did everything correctly. Three, Google can be very difficult about law firm names and showing reviews. You often have to type in "name-of-firm in office-location" to view reviews about them. Not just the firm's name.
We did find some reviews on Facebook:
"would highly recommend and will definitely use again"
"very professional throughout and we are so grateful for all the hard work"
"Would definatley [sic] recommend. Customer care second to none."
They are all positive as these snippets show. A quick note on navigation with there being four words in the official branding Springle, and, Co, Solicitors) which can interchange with ampersands and 'company' mixed in too. There is a firm called Spring & Co Solicitors which is a totally different law office. The official website for Spring-le & Co is www.springleandco.co.uk which we link to above, with www.springleandco.com not currently owned by anyone. Although that's probably not too much of a concern because typically scammers use similar looking domains to set up scam sites for property matters - not wills. As it's much easier to convince people to pay their house deposit into the wrong bank account than pull a long terms scam over your probate wishes.
You never know what scammers will think of next though so keep aware and never discuss payments via email. The firm's site is https secure for entering your personal details in to the contact form. One last statement of note from the firm's website:
This is truely the case too. Unlike many lawyers that simply use words like 'transparent' in the sales pitch text of their website to sound good - Springle and Company have actually listed itemised fees on the site for you to view. A big bonus brownie point for that in our opinion.
General Notes: Usually if Legal Aid is possible we've mentioned it above, but you can always ask. We haven't looked in depth at their recruitment program so are unaware of any job vacancies available. For a career with Springle & Co Solicitors it's best to visit the website (www.springleandco.co.uk), check opening hours, and find the correct phone/email contact details. Simply emailing a CV to reception looks lazy. Each law firm's Law Society and/or SRA number should be on their site, usually at the bottom of each page.
This Springle & Co Solicitors article is rated
4.5 / 5 based on 20 reviews. †
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