By making a Will you can decide what happens to your property and possessions after your death. Although you do not have to make one by law, it is the best way to ensure that your estate is dealt with exactly as you wish and is administered by those whom you would want to carry out your wishes. If you die without a Will, your assets will be distributed according to the law rather than in accordance with your wishes.
It is particularly important to make a Will if you are not married or are not in a registered civil partnership. This is because the law does not automatically recognise partners who live together as having the same rights as husbands, wives and civil partners. Even if you have lived together for many years, if you have not made a Will, your partner may be left with nothing if you die.
It is also advisable to make a Will if you have young children and, in the Will, you can specify who you would want to look after them in the event of your death.
Finally, there may be financial reasons to make a Will, including inheritance tax and benefits issues.
We can help you find the best arrangement to suit your situation.
Our Wills are competitively priced
|Single Will||£150 + VAT|
|Mirror Wills (Wills drafted on the same terms as each other)||£200 + VAT|
These prices are based on a simple Will. Most people only require a simple Will but if, after receiving advice from one of our Wills and estate planning experts, you decide that you require something more complex, then additional charges will apply.
Probate and Administration of Estates
When a loved one dies, often the last thought is as to the process of dealing with the estate. However, this is an aspect which must be dealt with. The responsibility for dealing with the estate falls to the executor (where the deceased has left a Will) or the administrator (where the deceased died without a Will, known as intestacy).
Their job is to establish the assets and liabilities of the estate as at the date of death, prepare a return to HM Revenue & Customs and make an application to the Probate Registry to obtain a Grant of Representation. Once they have obtained the Grant, they draw in the monies and administer the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will or the laws of intestacy.
In simple cases, an executor can apply for a Grant of Representation themselves. However, even seemingly straightforward estates can prove surprisingly complex and time consuming and executors are legally liable for any mistakes. As a result, the great majority of people seek expert advice from a fully insured Probate Solicitor.
Should you wish to instruct us, there are choices available to you. You can either instruct us simply to obtain the Grant of Representation for you and then leave you to complete the administration of the estate yourself. Alternatively, we can obtain the Grant of Representation and deal with such other aspects of the administration as you instruct us to, with the advantage being that you only pay for the services you require. As a final option, we can offer a comprehensive service covering all aspects of the estate administration. This option provides you with the peace of mind and certainty that all matters have been fully attended to and you may feel that this option relieves you of the burden you may feel at an already difficult time.
If you wish to talk to a member of our Probate team please contact us and we can talk through the options with you at no obligation.
Deeds of Variation
There are many reasons why beneficiaries of an estate may wish to vary an estate. This could be down to a simple wish to re-distribute estate assets, a desire to bring up to date the deceased’s wishes if, for example, they had not had time to update their Will prior to their death, or for tax reasons.
A Deed of Variation can only be done with the agreement of all affected beneficiaries but, in these circumstances, the Deed effectively re-writes the deceased’s Will and can be a useful tool for the estate.