Will Writing, LPA and Probate Services


Wills

The primary purpose of a will is to ensure that, after you die, all your property is shared out in accordance with your wishes. Without a will, your possessions may well not be disposed of as you would wish.

We can assist you in drawing up your will, as well as advise you on the many ancillary benefits of having a will in place.

We will meet you face to face to discuss your circumstances and will then prepare a draft will for your approval.

We place emphasis on making sure our wills are clear and unambiguous but allow for any future changes in family and property circumstances and attempt to identify and anticipate foreseeable events and problems which might arise after the will has been executed.

We ensure the will is clear as to what is to happen should those problems arise.

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

An LPA is a legal document giving authority to another person to make decisions on your behalf in such circumstances as you are deemed incapable of making sound decisions for yourself. It is a good way to ensure that your wishes will be respected, whatever the future may hold.

There are two types of LPA, Property and Financial Affairs (for managing your money and assets) and Health and Welfare (governing accommodation, care, medical treatment etc). In both cases, there is a specific legal format which must be adopted and safeguards to protect against improper use:

  • It must contain a certificate from an appropriate person that the donor understands the LPA and has not been put under any pressure to make it.
  • It must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used.

We can take care of the whole process, from drawing up the LPA and notifying anyone who needs to be informed to acting as certificate provider and registering it with the Office of the Public Guardian.

Probate

Probate comes from a Latin word meaning ‘proved’ and is the legal authority granted to the executor (or administrator) to dispose of a person’s estate after they have died, in accordance with their will.

This can be a highly emotional experience for those appointed executors and calm, sympathetic advice from an experience probate lawyer can be invaluable at this time.

We can provide the assistance you need in obtaining grant of probate and administering the estate, in particular identifying assets, valuing assets, establishing the value of the estate and calculating any inheritance tax that may be due.

We can also collect in the assets, prepare estate accounts and distribute the estate in due course.