May 10, 2016

Wills and Probate

Vintage / retro style : Man's right hand with fountain pen preparing to sign a form of last will and testament. A form is sealed with sealing wax and stamped / embossed with alphabet letter B.

Wills

Ensure your family and loved ones are properly  cared for after your death – don’t assume that your partner will inherit your entire estate, particularly if you aren’t married; likewise don’t assume that your children will inherit everything if you’re divorced and have remarried. Inheritance rules are complex and not what you might expect – it’s essential to seek proper legal advice to make sure that your wishes are implemented and that there are no nasty surprises for your family.  By making a will, YOU can decide how your estate is distributed.

 

Probate

Dealing with someone’s financial affairs after their death can be both distressing and confusing.  We can help by taking over the administration of their estate, applying for  grant of probate, dealing with insurance companies, banks, pension companies, estate agents, Inland Revenue, getting in all assets, including the sale of any property, paying off any debts and distributing the estate to the beneficiaries.

We can advise what to do if your relative hasn’t made a will and you’re unsure as to how their estate should be dealt with.

 

Power of Attorney

You might worry about what will happen to your finances should you become ill, or permanently incapable of looking after your financial affairs. We can advise you about making a Power of Attorney, which allows you to appoint someone else to deal with your affairs on a temporary basis; we can also advise about an Enduring Power of Attorney, which permits you to appoint a friend or relative to look after your affairs permanently if you’re no longer able to do it yourself, for example if you’re diagnosed with dementia.

We can assist with:

  • Drafting your will
  • Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Attorney, should you want a family member to look after your financial affairs if you are no longer able to do it yourself due to ill-health.
  • Executors – you can appoint us to act as professional  Executors of your will, to get in and distribute  your estate  to the beneficiaries of your will after your death
  • Probate/ Letters of Administration – we can deal with the Estate of your deceased relative, realise assets, settle any debts and liabilities and distribute the estate  whether there is a will or not.
  • Advice where there is a dispute about a will , or if a family member dies without having made a will ( Intestacy)
  • Sale of property
It this is something you are interested in or you are unsure about how to go about it then Get in touch