Our Wills and Probate Team help you to plan for your future and make sense of the administration of estates and the probate process.
The team has a unique combination of expertise which means that you can trust that your query will be dealt with professionally and thoroughly. All of our qualified Solicitors are members of the Solicitors for the Elderly and/or the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and are therefore up to date with all related legislation and best practice.
Wills and Inheritance Tax Planning
We can guide you through putting a Will in place or updating existing Wills. We will advise you on inheritance issues, tax legislation and options available to you in dealing with your estate to ensure that your assets pass to the correct people on your death. We can also assist with lifetime Inheritance Tax planning to reduce the tax burden on your estate.
We offer sensitive and practical assistance following bereavement both where the deceased had a Will and where they died intestate. We can assist in administering estates; deal with tax liabilities and release assets for the beneficiaries.
We can put Lasting Powers of Attorney in place for you. These appoint an attorney to deal with your property and affairs should you lose your mental capacity or require assistance with finances for any reason. Making a Lasting Powers of Attorney allows you to choose who you would like to help you with your affairs should you ever need assistance.
Lasting Powers of Attorney also allow you to nominate a trusted family member or friend to make decisions regarding your healthcare and welfare if you are ever unable to make those decisions yourself. We can advise on the implications and use of Lasting Powers of Attorney, deal with preparation of the documents and registration with the Office of Public Guardian.
A deputyship is necessary where a person has lost their mental capacity and is not able to manage their own assets and affairs. We can assist family members in making an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed as deputy or apply to be appointed as deputy ourselves if appropriate.
We advise family members at each step of the process and arrange for the appointment of the deputy with the Court of Protection.
If it is not practical for you to come into the office, we are happy to take instructions in your home.
Sometimes, when a person is no longer able to make decisions, it is necessary to make an application to the Court of Protection for the approval of a Statutory Will. This is a complex process, and is driven by what is in the best interests of the individual, but our team can advise you on the likely outcome of an application, and guide you through the steps required.
For further information on Wills and probate and to find out how we can help you, please contact our Wills and Probate Team on 01279 755777 or get in touch with Peter King, Head of our Wills and Probate Team.