Wills, Probate and Trusts
Making a will
There are many good reasons for making a will, the most important one being that your property and money are distributed in accordance with your wishes alone. A will also assists in avoiding family squabbles over who receives what: such arguments can often arise when someone dies intestate (without a will).
Making a will also gives you the opportunity to name the individuals you would like to administer your estate (the executors).
Inheritance Tax and trusts
Making a will also enables you to plan the distribution of your estate to minimise any liability to inheritance tax. You can leave property or money in trust and can also appoint a guardian to look after any children you may have.
It is not only important to make a will but also to keep it updated as your personal and financial circumstances change.
We have a team of experts able to guide you through the process of making a will from start to finish. They will discuss your wishes with you and advise on how best to achieve these before attending to preparation and execution of the will itself.
Probate and estate administration
Sadly everyone will experience the loss of a loved one at some point in their lives. This brings with it legal formalities in terms of sorting out their financial affairs and dealing with their estate. If there is a will it is for the executors to take on this responsibility; if not, someone may need to be appointed as administrator of the estate.
At times like this, more than anything else you need peace of mind, which is where we can help by offering practical advice combined with a compassionate and caring approach. We can apply for a Grant of Probate on your behalf, collect in the assets of the estate, discharge any liabilities, attend to any tax requirements, and deal with distribution to the beneficiaries.
On the other hand, if all you need is a helping hand with certain things, we can provide that too. In fact, we can help as little or as much as required and always with a sympathetic and understanding ear.