A ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement (also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement or CFA) gives you security and peace of mind when making a personal injury claim.
We will assess the prospects of winning your case, review all the funding options available to you and consider if you are best supported with a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement. If we are able to offer you a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement for your case and you decide to accept that offer you can be reassured that there is no financial risk to you if you are unsuccessful*.
If you win your claim, your opponent will pay the majority of your basic legal costs and disbursements (e.g. court fees, medical reports). If you win, any of the legal costs not paid by your opponent will be deducted from any compensation awarded to you. You won’t pay anything until your claim has successfully come to an end. Any disbursements that we can’t recover from your opponent will be covered by insurance.
Please note: This does not apply to mesothelioma claims which are exempt from the above arrangements.
* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.
- Can my spouse and I/my civil partner and I make separate Wills?
- Yes. You and your spouse/civil partner can make separate Wills. Irwin Mitchell offer both Single Will and Mirror Wills options. The Mirror Wills service is suitable for couples (married, civil partners or co-habiting) who have very similar wishes on how their assets should be distributed. For this service you pay one price but receive a Will each. The two Wills will be mirror images of each other.
Our Single Will service is suitable for people who are single, separated, divorced/dissolved civil partnership or widowed/surviving civil partner. Single Wills are also suitable for couples who have very different wishes on how their assets should be distributed. Please call us to find out which service is right for you.
- What will happen to my estate if I don't have a Will when I die?
- If you don't have a Will when you die, you are said to die "intestate". This means that the law will decide how you estate is distributed and for all sorts of reasons, this may not be the outcome you desired. Someone could receive a part or the whole of your estate who you would not wish to benefit and, it can take more time and money to sort out an intestate estate. A Will is the only way of making your wishes known when you die.
- I have a disability or visual impairment which makes it difficult for me to read/sign things. Can you help me with my Will?
- Yes we can. If you let us know about your particular requirements, we can prepare a Will that will be effective and appropriate for your circumstances. We will give you guidance about the signing and witnessing of your Will. If you would like to have a chat about your needs please call us.
- Is there an age limit on making a Will?
- Yes. There is a minimum age limit for writing a Will. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland you must be over 18, and in Scotland you must be over 16. There is one main exception to this limit and that for members of the Armed Forces who are on active duty. They are able to make a special Will when they are 17.
There is no upper age limit for making a will.
- I have property overseas; can I still make a Will in England?
- Wills drafted by Irwin Mitchell under the laws of England and Wales, will only cover property or assets that you own in England or Wales.
Generally, if you own land, property or any other asset in a foreign country, you should have a Will prepared under the local law of that country. This is because of the complexities of foreign probate law: if you do not have a Will in that country, it may take a lot of time and money to sort out. It is for this reason that Irwin Mitchell has a policy of not including foreign assets in the Wills we write, unless we are absolutely certain that the legality and authority of the Will is going to be recognized.
- Can I make changes to my Will before I sign it and have it witnessed?
- Yes you can: please let us know what you would like us to change, either by telephone or by hand altering the copy we have already sent you and returning it to us. We will then make the appropriate changes and send you another copy for approval and signing.