Wills & Probate

The benefits of having a Will

Having a Will ensures that your assets go to the people you want to inherit. If you do not have a Will, your assets are distributed in accordance with legal provisions. That may mean that your assets are not distributed as you would have wished. A Will is even more important when you marry, divorce, have children, and or when you buy a house.

We understand that making a Will or applying for Probate on the death of a loved one are sensitive issues. We know, it is often difficult and emotional. For this reason we take a professional yet personal approach to these matters.

We are happy to arrange to see you at home, in hospital, care homes or hospices or alternatively welcome office or telephone appointments. Our aim is to make your experience as quick and easy as possible.

For wills we charge a fixed fee for the creation of a will which includes advice, preparation of a draft, preparation of the final product and storage.

Probate

If you are an executor, or if someone close to you dies without making a will, we can advise you on how to deal with their affairs.

If there is a will we can explain to you the terms and wishes of the deceased. If no Will has been made we will explain to you who deals with the administration and who inherits the estate.

An estate refers to a person’s property and possessions. It covers everything that the person owns, including all financial assets as well as their possessions.

We will tell you if you need to apply for a grant of probate if there is a will or a grant of letters of administration if there is not. It may be that a grant will not be required.

We can help you deal with all aspects of the administration of the estate, including settling the inheritance tax liability (if any), applying for the grant, calling in all the assets, settling all the estate liabilities, arranging payment of any legacies, completing the deceased’s income tax affairs, and arranging distribution of the estate to the beneficiaries.

Alternatively, you can ask us to just apply for the grant of probate or grant of letters of administration for you, leaving you to administer the estate yourself. Grant-only services are provided on a fixed fee basis where there are no complications.

We will always agree our charges with you before we do anything and tell you what costs there will be.

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