Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney & Probate
We strongly recommend that everyone should consider making a Will. Most Wills are simple and inexpensive. It is especially important if you have the responsibility of a family, are living with a partner you are not married to, have children by more than one relationship or have assets that are likely to exceed the Inheritance Tax limit or which involve business or agricultural interests. A Will is the best way to ensure that your assets are distributed as you wish and that taxation is kept to a minimum.
When someone dies, we can help by dealing with all the legal and financial formalities, whether or not the deceased has left a Will and regardless of who originally drafted it. We can apply for Probate (or Letters of Administration, if there is no Will), identify and obtain valuations of the assets, pay the bills, taxes and expenses and finally distribute the remaining moneys in accordance with the terms of any Will or as appropriate.
It is never too soon to think about putting measures in place to name other people to make decisions for you at a point in time in the future when you might have lost the ability to understand and/or make decisions for yourself. Lasting Powers of Attorney enable to you to do this and everyone should consider making one.
We are used to helping people in the following situations:
- Making a Will
- Reviewing existing Wills/Codicils
- Inheritance Tax planning
- Making and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Registering Enduring Powers of Attorney
- Estate Administration (whether the deceased left a Will or not)
- Advice on potentially disputed Wills
The Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS)
The Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) shows that the Firm follows best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in providing tailored wills and probate advice to consumers.
- First accredited November 2014 (subject to annual review)
Learn more about the benefits of using a WIQS accredited practice on the Law Society’s website at: www.lawsociety.org.uk/AboutWIQS