If you fail to make a written will, there is a danger your wishes will not be carried out after you are gone. Loved ones may not be provided for in the way you desire, and HM Revenue & Customs could benefit more than you want. Likewise, without a Lasting Power of Attorney, should you become unable to make your own financial or welfare decisions, you could find the person appointed to make these decisions for you, is not who you would have chosen. At Beswicks Legal, our experienced and approachable wills and estate planning solicitors protect your rights and your assets – providing peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
It is all too easy to put off thinking about what will happen after you die, or if you get so ill you can no longer communicate your wishes. However, the importance of proper end of life plans cannot be underestimated. Our wills and estate planning team is experienced in all aspects of estate planning and management.
Our wills and estate planning team can help you with:
We understand that making a will and planning for the end of life can be daunting. However, with a sympathetic, caring, and above all human approach, our specialist will and estate planning solicitors help you and your family plan for, and protect your future. If you would like to find out more about our highly personalised, value-for-money service, contact us today for advice tailored to your needs and situation.
Making a will can be relatively straightforward; setting out what happens to assets after you are gone, and how these assets should be managed. However, to be valid, it must comply with certain requirements.
At Beswicks Legal, our expert wills and estate planning solicitors have extensive experience drafting professional, tax efficient, legally binding wills. We provide advice and support based on your specific requirements, from basic wills through to more complex estate planning.
Wills should also be updated whenever your circumstances change significantly, for example, if you get married, if you move house, or if there are substantial changes to your business.
There are a variety of different types of trusts available, and the right one for you will depend on your particular needs and circumstances. However, in general, trusts are designed to help look after your loved ones, protect your assets and minimise tax payments.
Offering friendly, straightforward advice without the jargon, our solicitors make sure you fully understand the options available to you, how they will work in practice, and the impact on any inheritance tax.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) sets out who you want to make decisions on your behalf, should you be unable to do so yourself.
There are two types of LPA – a health and welfare LPA and a property and financial affairs LPA – and you can make one, or both depending on your particular wishes and requirements.
If you want to create an LPA to ensure your affairs are dealt with by someone you trust, and reduce the possibility of future family disputes, contact Beswicks Legal to find out more about the options available to you.
Your home is likely to be your most valuable asset. It is not uncommon, therefore, for people to decide to make a gift of a home to help fund long-term care costs, and protect the property for future generations.
However, if you are thinking about making a gift of your home, it is important to take professional legal advice to protect your rights, to avoid falling foul of strict local authority rules and make sure you understand all the implications.
Probate is the process of dealing with a person’s estate after they have died. Through probate, assets are distributed according to the terms of the will (or Intestacy Rules where there is no will). Probate is not necessary in all situations, but is required in most cases and particularly where there is a property or there are significant assets to distribute.
Probate can be difficult and stressful on those left behind. A lack of understanding can also lead to mistakes. At Beswicks Legal, we help you through the probate process, removing the headache and making sure the terms of the will are followed quickly and sensitively.
Where a will is disputed, the strain on family relations can be significant. At Beswicks Legal we provide specialist, sensitive legal advice to help resolve any issues as quickly and amicably as possible. Where agreement is not possible, we use our extensive litigation skills to ensure the very best possible outcome for you.