Preparing for your appointment

Going to see a solicitor for the first time can sometimes be daunting, but don’t worry, we’re a friendly bunch. There are a few things that we’ll need from you, so that we can start acting for you straight-away.

Proof Of Identity

At your first appointment, we will need to verify your identity. You will need to bring with you either one item from List A and one item from List B, or two items from List B. If you don’t have everything though, just let us know at your appointment.

If we aren’t seeing you in person to take copies of your ID, we may be able to accept scanned copies sent to us by email, depending on the type of work we are carrying out for you. In some cases though, we will need to ask you to provide your ID certified by a solicitor. We will let you know which applies in your case.

In some cases, we may also need to carry out an electronic identity check. This costs £10 plus VAT per person for UK residents and £20 plus VAT for non-UK residents.

List A

  • Passport.
  • EU Member State identification card.
  • UK photo card driving licence.
  • H.M. Forces identity card.

List B

  • UK driving licence.
  • Bank account or credit card statement less than three months’ old.
  • Firearm and shotgun certificate.
  • Utility bill less than three months’ old (but not a mobile phone bill).
  • Current Council Tax bill.
  • Mortgage statement for the mortgage accounting year just ended.

Any of the above items in List B must show your current address. If you need any further information please get in touch.

If you are a Business

If you are instructing us to act on behalf of your company, partnership or other business structure, we will need to be provided with one item from List A and one item from List B, or two items from List B for the director(s), partner(s) or such other person(s) with authority to instruct us in your matter.

Where there is more than one such person, we will require this information from at least two people.

For registered companies, we will carry out a Companies House check and so we will also need your company number.

Additional information & documents

Depending on the nature of your appointment, we may also require some additional information from you.

If you are seeing us about your Will or Lasting Power of Attorney for example, then we will need an idea of what assets you own, as well as details of the people you’d like to name. If you have an existing Will, Enduring Power of Attorney or Lasting Power of Attorney in place, it would also be helpful if you could bring the original or a copy of these documents with you.

For appointments about dealing with an Estate or Probate, please bring in a Death Certificate and the original, or a copy, of the Will (if there is one). We will also need details of what the person owned, such as recent bank statements, share certificates, and Deeds to their home (if you have them).

If you are seeing us about either challenging a Will or defending a challenge to a Will (i.e. a contested probate matter), then please bring with you the original or copy of the Will that is being challenged. We will also need as much information as you can provide about the person’s assets, debts and family situation, as well as details of the proposed challenge.

For appointments relating to the Court of Protection, such as an application to be appointed Deputy for someone else, we will need details of the person who needs you to act for them, including their full name, date of birth, address, financial and family situation. We will also need to know what is preventing them from being able to make their own decisions (e.g. if they have Dementia).

If you wish to challenge a Court of Protection application, or if an application you have made to the Court of Protection is being challenged, we will need all of the information noted above, as well as details about who is challenging the application and the specific reasons why.

If you’re unsure which papers are relevant, just bring anything you think will be helpful and we can always get the rest later.