We all have to face the reality of life and death. Not all of us address the legal implications of this. You should ignore them at your peril.
Don’t make the making of a Will the last thing on your mind.
Dying without a Will can cause serious problems and unwanted stress for surviving relatives.
Whether you are single, married, divorced, cohabiting, young or old different circumstances throw up different legal issues that you will need advice on when making a Will.
Our highly experienced team will work with you to assess the current and future situation of you and your family and we will make writing or reviewing your Will a straightforward process.
Probate & Administration
When you die you will probably leave behind your property, personal possessions and variables (your Estate). Without a Grant of Probate where you have a Will in place on death or Letters of Administration (where there is no Will) no one can do anything with your Estate as no one has any legal authority to act on your behalf and interfere with your assets. In your Will you would have appointed Trustees and Executors to act on your behalf and where there is no Will a close relative or family member will often nominate themselves to deal with your affairs as Personal Representative. These are the people who may need our advice and assistance.
Our specialist legal team will guide you through what needs to be done in order to handle the “winding up” of the Estate with great sensitivity and understanding at what is inevitably a very upsetting and sometimes confusing and stressful time.
As part of our service we will consider whether there is also a need to minimise the tax liabilities on your Estate and those of your beneficiaries by careful tax planning. This may involve Deeds of Variation or Family Arrangements.
Sometimes there may be disputes between beneficiaries, Executors or those who want to make a claim against your Estate and we can advise should such circumstances arise.
Please do not hesitate to contact Emma Stride either by telephone or by clicking the email link here for further information.
We have been recently accredited with the Law Society's Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme, which recognises the firm as providing a best quality mark for wills and estate administration advice that our client's can trust. By being awarded this accreditation it should reassure clients that we follow best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service.