What is Probate?

Probate is the procedure followed by the Executors or Personal Representatives after a person has died. They will need to swear an oath to obtain Grant of Probate which will give them the powers needed to administer the estate, for example, to distribute monies to beneficiaries under the Will (or the intestacy rules) and to…

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document which gives somebody you trust (your attorney) the power to deal with your property and financial affairs, or make decisions about your health and welfare, for example where you live or your medical care. This is an important safeguard for the future meaning that your appointed…

What is a Deputy?

If the person you wish to help has already lost their capacity then we can help you apply to the Court to be appointed their Deputy. A Deputy is a person appointed by the Court of Protection to make decisions on behalf the person who lacks capacity. A Deputy has the power to make decisions…

What if I have an existing Enduring Power of Attorney?

If you made an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) prior to the introduction of LPAs then the EPA remains valid and your chosen attorney(s) can help you to manage your property and affairs (but not make decisions about your personal welfare). Should you show signs of losing capacity then your attorney(s) are under a duty…

I know that the deceased person wanted me to receive something from their Estate. The Will apparently does not provide for this. Is there anything I can do to challenge the Will?

There are various ways to challenge the validity of a Will. It may not have been properly executed (there are strict rules about that) or the deceased may have suffered undue influence, duress or lack of mental capacity prior to making a Will. You can also challenge the Will if you were financially dependent upon…

Why make a Will?

It is estimated that around 300,000 people die intestate (without a Will) every year. This means that the assets owned by you at your date of death will pass under the intestacy rules and not necessarily in accordance with your wishes. The main benefit of making a Will is that you can control how your…

When should I make a Will?

Now. It will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your express wishes will be carried out when you die. If you already have a Will but have recently married or divorced or if your circumstances have changed (for example, if the size of your estate has increased meaning that tax efficiency should…

How much does it cost?

We charge £170 plus VAT for a single Will or £270 plus VAT for double Wills in similar form. There will be additional charges if your Will is complex, for example of it includes a discretionary Trust or involves a lot of time and meetings, if you request a home visit or if tax planning…