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Wills & Probate

It’s natural to not want to think about what might happen after you die or if you become unable to make decisions about your own finances or welfare. But planning for the future needn’t be complicated or expensive and can give you and your loved ones real peace of mind.

Our specialist wills and estate solicitors help families to put proper arrangements in place making sure your loved ones are provided for and your wishes carried out.

Whether you require a will, advice about probate, need to establish a Lasting Power of Attorney or require estate planning guidance, come and have a chat. We are all trained dementia friends and members of STEP, the professional association for specialists in family inheritance and succession planning.

Making a will and planning for the future needn’t be daunting. We’ll help you every step of the way, so that you can rest easy knowing that your affairs are in order and your family’s future protected.

If you’ve been putting off making a will, get in touch and we’ll help you get the wheels in motion.

David Birchall
Wills and Probate Senior Associate

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Talk to us about:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Gifting your home
  • Probate
  • Disputed wills
  • Fixed price online legal services

 

 

Everybody should have a professionally drafted will. Our specialist wills and probate solicitors provide a highly personalised, value-for-money service, which focuses on protecting your family’s future and creating tailor-made solutions to ensure your wishes are carried out.

Wills

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.

Our experts 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, move house, or if there are substantial changes to your business.

Trusts

Trusts are designed to help look after your loved ones, protect your assets and minimise tax payments. There are a variety of different types of trusts available, and the right one for you will depend on your particular needs and circumstances.

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.

Probate

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 isn’t always necessary, but is required in most cases and particularly where there is a property or significant assets to distribute.

Probate can be difficult and stressful for grieving relatives. We can help you through the probate process making sure the terms of the will are followed quickly and sensitively.

Disputed wills

Where a will is disputed, the strain on family relations can be significant. Our team provides 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 best possible outcome for you.

 

 

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Lasting Power of Attorney

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. 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 us to find out more.

Gifting your home

Your home is likely to be your most valuable asset. It is not uncommon, therefore, for people to decide to make a gift of their 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.

 

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