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Help offered after finance firm shuts
PEOPLE worried about the fate of their will documents following the closure of a York financial services firm are being given a helping hand.
The boss of a firm of solicitors has offered to help trace wills drawn up by Yorkshire Asset Protection and review any documents prepared by the firm, free of charge.
Peter Gibson, managing director of leading Yorkshire law firm Coles Solicitors, said he felt compelled to respond after reading in The Press about the predicament faced by YAP customers unable to contact the firm, which has vacated its offices in New Street and is under formal investigation by York trading standards officers.
He invited affected YAP customers to phone 01609 780717 to speak to one of its “trusted, experienced solicitors”, who could also offer advice on how to move forward following bereavement.
Several people have told The Press that they paid YAP to draw up their wills and the firm had put the signed documents in storage, and they were now unable to retrieve the papers.
Widow Lynda Madden, of Stamford Bridge, whose husband Noel died in July, is one of those most badly affected.
She said she had been told that unless she could recover her husband’s will from YAP, his death would be treated as intestate – as if there was no will, causing her great legal and financial difficulties.
Mrs Madden also fears she will have to pay more than £3,000 for her husband’s funeral, even though they had paid YAP £6,500 for a joint funeral plan prior to his death.
But help has been offered to Mrs Madden by Mark Spencer, acting chair of the National Federation of Funeral Directors, who said funeral plan provider Safe Hands was prepared to offer her a free funeral plan for herself.
Mrs Madden said yesterday she was very grateful for both offers of help and would be getting in touch with both firms.