Wills & Probate

Notice of severance of a joint tenancy
This document is used to create all three documents needed to sever a joint tenancy, that is to say, to convert it into tenants in common where joint tenants each own a given proportion of the property. The documents produced are Land Registry Form SEV, Notice of Severance and Letter to Land Registry. Please note that this document can only be used in England & Wales. Close
Deed of variation redirecting property passing by intestacy
This document can be used to vary a gift left to you via intestacy, that is the process where an estate is distributed when the deceased has not left a will. This deed will allow you to give a gift you have received to one or more people. It is only suitable for redirecting one gift - you should create separate deeds for other gifts. Please note that this document can only be used in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Close
Deed of variation redirecting property given by will
This document should be used to redirect a gift (or part of a gift) that has been left to you under a will to one or more people. Please note that once this deed of variation has been signed, it cannot be changed. You can only use this document in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Close
Deed of variation of share of joint property passing by survivorship
If you owned a share of joint property with another person who has passed away leaving you their share of the property in addition to your own, you can use this deed of variation to give this inherited share to another person. It may be that you have no need for the inheritance, but have some other family member or friend who could benefit from a share of the property. A redirection of the inheritance may also achieve savings in tax. Please note that this document can only be used in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Close
Renunciation of probate
If you have been appointed an executor in a will, and you do not want to act in this role, you can use this document to refuse your appointment. People often find, particularly after the death of a friend or relative, that they have been appointed an executor of his or her will. They may have been unaware of the appointment and may not wish to take on the responsibility. However, even if they were asked in advance whether they were prepared to act as an executor and agreed to do so, they have an opportunity to change their minds. Close
Renunciation of administration
When someone dies without a will, his/her estate needs to be administered (that is the process of paying any debts, collecting assets and distributing them to those who are legally entitled). To administer the estate, those who are entitled must apply for 'letters of administration'. If you are entitled to make such an application, but you do not wish to be involved in the administration of the estate, you can use this document to renounce this right. Note that by renouncing your right to a grant, you will NOT affect any entitlement you may have to benefit from the estate; you are merely declining to become involved in the administration. Please note that this document can only be used in England & Wales or Northern Ireland. Close
Probate application form – PA 1
You will need to complete the appropriate Inheritance Tax account/return before completing this form, as certain of the figures will need to be copied from the tax account/return to this form. When a person dies leaving behind an estate, which can include a house or a flat, as well as money, shares and personal possessions, it is usually necessary to apply to the Probate Registry to obtain a 'Grant of Representation' before you can deal with the assets of the deceased's estate. This means that you cannot, for example, sell the deceased's house, sell any shares, or obtain money from bank accounts until a grant has been issued. You can use this document, PA 1 - Probate application form, to make your application. Please note that you can only use this document to make an application for a grant in England & Wales. Close
Revocation of living will
This is a formal, written revocation of a living will. It would be appropriate where the directions given and the views expressed in a living will no longer reflect the maker's wishes, and the maker does not wish to substitute a new living will. If it is desired to substitute a new living will in place of the old, the living will precedent should be used instead, as it contains a clause revoking any previous living wills. Close
Living will (one)
Use this document to create a 'Living Will', which is a document that sets out your wishes regarding health care and how you want to be treated if you become seriously ill and unable to make or communicate your own choices. Your wishes can be either that certain treatment should not be provided in specified circumstances (and these wishes can be binding on medical staff), or that you should be treated or cared for in a particular way (these wishes are not binding on medical staff but should be taken into account). Close
Letter of wishes
A letter of wishes is an informal letter addressed to your executors which expresses what you would like to happen following your death. Unlike your Will, the letter of wishes does not become a publicly available document on death. It can be used to assist or guide your executors on pretty much anything you wish. It does not interfere with or restrict the discretion of the executors in any way. Close
Wills for an unmarried couple (pair)
2 x comprehensive will for an unmarried person This will is designed for someone who is not married or in a civil partnership, whether or not they have a partner and whether or not they have any children. It will allow you to make as many gifts of money or specific items you would like. You will be able to leave the remainder of your estate after making gifts (i.e. the residuary estate) to as many people as you would like, either in equal shares or in varying percentages. You can also vary how you would like to leave your residuary estate, make provisions for the care of pets and appoint guardians for your children. This will is suitable for use in England & Wales and Northern Ireland. Close
Will for an unmarried person (one)
This will is designed for someone who is not married or in a civil partnership, whether or not they have a partner and whether or not they have any children. It will allow you to make as many gifts of money or specific items you would like. You will be able to leave the remainder of your estate after making gifts (i.e. the residuary estate) to as many people as you would like, either in equal shares or in varying percentages. You can also vary how you would like to leave your residuary estate, make provisions for the care of pets and appoint guardians for your children. This will is suitable for use in England & Wales and Northern Ireland. Close