What we do

We provide high quality and professional legal services

Criminal Representation

Phillip Haycock and his team of professionals offer a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service.
We provide a comprehensive service of representation at the police station, at the Magistrates court and Crown court.

We assist our clients in all areas of criminal litigation and have extensive experience in representing clients in both the Magistrates court and Crown court.

Legal aid and free Section 36 court appointed advocate representation may be available for your case.

If you have been accused of a crime you did not commit, but are not eligible of legal aid because of your income, you may still be eligible for free representation under the Section 36 scheme

Please call us to discuss your case.

Call on: 0121 788 1234

24/7 Mobile: 07956 892507

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Criminal Representation Specialities

In defending our clients we specialise in

Benefit Fraud

Child school non attendance prosecutions by any local authorities

Benefit Fraud Interviews

Road Traffic Cases

Animal Rights and RSPCA Prosecutions

Breaching Football Banning Orders

Our Private Rates

No Hidden Costs

Guilty Plea

At Magistrates court 1 hearing
£60

Guilty Plea

At Magistrates court 2 hearings
£100

DWP Interview

Representation at job centre (dependent on where the interview takes place)
£100-150

Trial

At Magistrates court. If you win your trial we can reclaim your fees to us from the court
£350

All prices are inclusive of VAT. We pride ourselves on being 100% transparent with our rates.
If you are not formally eligible for legal aid WE CAN STILL ASSIST YOU.
Please contact us if you have any queries.

Will Preparation

We offer a friendly empathetic service to our clients. Your will is prepared by a solicitor and we offer a home visit service for those who are housebound.

We now offer video conferencing online and telephone services. Click here to start

 Why Make a Will?

  • To ensure your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes
  • to avoid delay in estate management
  • to ensure your home is not sold without your consent
  • to avoid loved ones being left out
  • to ensure your children are not left without a legacy

You can now prepare your Will online using our new online service.

What does it cost?

You can make a will for as little as £50 inclusive of VAT. We pride ourselves on being 100% transparent with costs. The fee remains the same no matter how complicated your will is. However, our prices are subject to clients having no more than £400,000 in estate assets. If your estate exceeds this value please contact alternative solicitors. We do not provide tax advice to our clients and if you think your estate may be subject to Inheritance Tax liability after death, we strongly advise you to seek professional advice from an independent financial advisor.

For more information or to make an appointment please feel free to contact us by emailing mail@philliphaycock.com

Single Will Cost

£50

Joint Will Cost

£70

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint one or more people (your Attorneys) to make decisions on your behalf during your lifetime. It is like an insurance policy in that it is there in the background to enable you (as the donor) to receive assistance if your physical or mental health deteriorates either temporarily or more permanently.

An LPA can only be made by a person who has MENTAL CAPACITY. You must be able to understand the nature and effect of the document. After this point you cannot enter into an LPA and no one can do so on your behalf.

Once you have an LPA in place you can have peace of mind that there is someone you can trust to look after your affairs if you are unable to do so.

The LPA enables you to PLAN AHEAD in case of ill health (eg due to stroke, dementia, Parkinsons disease or viral infection) or because of accident or general old age.

It is completely separate to a will and operates only during your lifetime. It comes to an end upon your death.

The important thing though is that -

  1. You are in control . Your Attorney can ONLY act on your behalf WITH YOUR PERMISSION, unless you are unable to give that permission due to severe ill health rendering you unable to give that permission.
  2. The Attorney MUST always act in your best interest and are legally liable if they do otherwise.
  3. You can bring the LPA to an end at any time, so long as you have mental capacity.
  4. Joint Attorneys can be appointed by you to make decisions jointly only (ie they must do things together) or jointly and severally (ie an attorney can do things separately as long as they advise the other attorney what they are doing).
  5. You can give your attorneys general powers under your LPA, or you can restrict what they can do under it.

Types of Lasting Power of Attorney

There are two types of LPA, namely-

  1. Financial Decisions LPA- This allows your loved ones to deal with paying bills, liaising with utility providers and financial institutions on your behalf. buying and selling your property and managing your bank accounts and investments.
  • Heath and welfare decisions LPA- This deal with decisions about your health and welfare, such as medication issues, liaising with your GP, Social services, hospitals and other care providers and issues such as whether you may need home care visitors or care home placement in the event that more permanent ill health impedes your ability to care for yourself at home.

Risks of not having an LPA

Many people don’t know that their next of kin has NO automatic right in law to manage their spouse’s affairs without having a LPA in place, so having to make decisions on their behalf can become prolonged and significantly more expensive.

If you are a sole trader or small business owner what would happen to your business if you lost the ability to deal with your business affairs and make decisions?

If you lose mental capacity without an LPA in place, a spouse or family must apply to the Court of Protection (C of P) to have a Deputy appointed to deal with your everyday financial matters. This is a very expensive and slow process, is complex and unfortunately involves a substantial delay in having the matter resolved by the C of P. If you use a solicitor to assist you then this will cost you a lot more. If you have an LPA in place, this process will not be necessary.

IF you lose mental capacity without an LPA in place access to joint bank accounts, sole financial accounts and assets ( eg ISAs) in your name and the sale of property solely or jointly in your name is prevented or severely restricted without an LPA in place.

Banks may decide whether or not to temporally restrict the use of a bank account to essential transactions only if a joint bank account holder loses mental capacity.

The restricting of a joint account may mean the joint owner cannot freely withdraw what is their own money without an order from the Court of Protection.

These restrictions can cause devastating problems with the care of a person who suffers ill health without an LPA in existence.

For more information on LPA or to make an appointment please email: mail@philliphaycock.com

Preparation of Change of Name Declarations

We offer a friendly empathetic service to our clients. Your declaration will prepared by a solicitor and we offer a home visit service for those who are housebound.

Our fee for this service is £40

The change of name of a child will require the consent of both parents if the whereabouts of the absent parent is unknown.

A declaration can be made without that persons consent in certain circumstances.