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Will & Probate

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We work hard to ensure the needs of all our Wills and Probate clients are met. We can help across all will documents and probate situations, including:

- Understanding and planning your Will
- Help with how to get probate
- Understanding an Executors duties or assisting with Lasting Powers of Attorney and the Court of Protection.

Our caring and experienced team are here to help you plan and support you and your family during more challenging times.

- Will writing & storage
- Trusts
- Inheritance tax
- Probate & estate administration
- Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Will & inheritance disputes

What is a Will, and why make one?

A will is a legal document that outlines and indicates the transfer of one’s property and wealth after a person’s demise. It is important that an individual makes one during their lifetime, and while they still have the mental capacity to do so. This is to ensure that your loved ones are provided for, and to eliminate the possibility of any doubts whatsoever over how one’s material wealth is to be distributed.

If you are unable to make a valid Will, your spouse or civil partner may not necessarily inherit everything, unmarried couples may not inherit from each other, and friends and charities close to your heart will not benefit. A Will also allow you to:

- choose who you would like to deal with your Estate after your death.
- specify who you would like to be the guardians of your children, should you die before they reach at the age of 18.
- direct whether you would like to be cremated or buried and list any other specific funeral wishes.
- leave sums of money or possessions such as jewellery or paintings to particular people.
- make provisions for what will happen to any businesses you own.

It is always advisable to make a Will if you are married, divorced, or separated from your spouse, if your Estate increases significantly (such as the number of properties owned or their value) or where others are financially dependent on you, such as if you become a parent. We can also prepare Mirror Wills for couples who would like to have virtually identical Wills. A Will is also an effective way of tax-planning to ensure that you pay the least amount of Inheritance Tax possible. Our Wills & Probate solicitors and can give specialist advice on tax-planning and the drafting of your Will.

What is a Codicil?

A codicil is a legal document that helps change minor parts of a will, such as a change in the Will’s executor, or to remove a transfer or gift to a particular person. A Codicil exists alongside your Will and in no way does it affect your Will’s validity.

We can prepare your Will or Codicil to ensure that your interests are protected and to give you a peace of mind knowing your Estate will be taken care of when you die.

Our charges for drafting Wills or Codicils vary depending on their complexity.