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Wills & Probate Solicitors in London
Our team of specialist Wills and Probate solicitors in London can assist with all aspects of estate planning. The thought of planning on what happens to your estate can be a daunting one as in some cases there can be quite complex issues to consider. We work with you to structure your estate and legal documents in the most effective way putting you in the best position possible Our specialist Wills and Probate Solicitors are in the main trained in London city law firms and but are now able to offer the highest service at cost effective rates. If you would like to speak with one of the team you can call 0800 437 0322 or request one of the team to call you back.
We aim to make the process as stress free as possible. It is usually when there is a significant life event that people think about a Will and decide to put plans in place to maximise their estate.
What happens if you die without a Will?
If you die without a Will your estate automatically goes into intestate. This means that your assets will be given to your next of kin. This is not always who people think it is for example unmarried couples living together for years could be that the partner gets nothing from the estate. In today’s world of less conventional family set ups there are even times when children who may not be blood related are disinherited by accident. This goes some way to show how it is very important that you make a Will and make sure its updated when necessary
The services which are team can offer are:
- Making/drafting a Will
- Challenging/contesting a Will
- Helping protect the value of your assets
- Setting up a trust to manage the amount of tax that you pay or to protect a vulnerable family member
- Administering and managing trusts
- When someone close to you dies we can help with probate and inheritance tax.
- If a loved one becomes unable to act independently due to illness or injury, our experts can advise on how best to protect assets through the Court of Protection and Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Tax advice on probate and estates
When should you update you Will?
If you have a solicitor draft your Will we can store this on your behalf. We would suggest that if there are any changes in your life or circumstances then this may be a trigger to look at your Will and make sure that your requests and wishes are still the same.
Maximising your assets
Because this is what we do and have been doing for many years we are able to put you in the best possible position advising on tax and how to structure your estate to make the most of the assets that you have.
Our Wills and Probate team protect vulnerable people
There are times when through ill health or an injury people may not have the capacity to deal with their own matters. If this has been the case our solicitors can help these people and their loved ones with applying to the court of protection to ensure the best interests of the individual are maintained. We can also draw up a Lasting Power of Attorney before this happens so an individual can nominate someone look after their legal interests should they not have the capacity to do so in the future.
Dealing with the estate of someone who has passed on your behalf
It is at the worst possible time that people or faced with dealing with a loved ones requests and having to deal with the probate process. Our clients have asked us to deal with this on their behalf. We can take on this process and manage the affairs of the estate. Once the grant has been received we would take control of the estate by paying the debts of the estate and then distributing the assets as requested. This is something which we find some clients really benefit from as they do not want to deal with all the paperwork and processed at such a stressful time.
How much does it cost to make a Will?
Will drafting can be done on a fixed fee and therefore depending on your circumstances can not be as much as you would think. We would suggest you contact one of the team to discuss your circumstances and they will be able to provide you with a free assessment and cost estimate.
If you would like advice from one of our Wills and Probate Solicitors in London who specialise in helping people plan for the future and adapt to new circumstances please call the team on 0800 437 0322 or request a call back online.