Planning for the future is essential but despite our best intentions this often gets side-lined in our busy lives. Yet it is one of the most important things we can ever do. Many people delay thinking about making a will despite the fact that it is neither complicated nor expensive. Not only does it put our affairs in order, it makes sure our loved ones are looked after in the future. If you are thinking about making a will or would like to discuss an existing will why not speak with one of our specialist wills solicitors. For more information about wills click here to see our Frequently Asked Questions About Wills.
Losing a loved one is difficult enough without having to worry about the legal and financial issues that go with it. Our team of probate lawyers will make the process easier for you by explaining how the law works in simple terms and guiding you through your options, clearly and sensitively. We provide a personal service to meet our clients’ needs and we can reduce the stress involved in coping with all of the legal, tax and administrative processes. We will help you administer the estate and anyc onnected trusts or settlements. We will ensure that you receive a professional and sympathetic service with the minimum of burden to family and other beneficiaries. For more information about probate click here to see our Frequently Asked Questions About Probate.
Lasting Power of Attorney
Having a Lasting Power of Attorney is just as important as having a will. Making a will is a way to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of when we are no longer here. But what about while you are still here? If you have an accident or became seriously ill and are unable to look after your affairs, who would look after them for you? There is a misconception that your spouse or adult child automatically has the right to look after your affairs. If you lose your mental capacity then your loved ones cannot automatically look after your affairs. Making a Lasting Power of Attorney ensures that you retain control of who makes decisions on your behalf in circumstances when you are unable to make decisions for yourself. For more information about Power of Attorney click here to see our Frequently Asked Questions About Power Of Attorney.
Court of Protection
If you are caring for someone who has lost capacity then you will need to make an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed as that person’s Deputy. Our Court of Protection experts provide legal advice and practical help to families, professionals, local authorities and charities working with and caring for those suffering from mental incapacity. We offer a highly personalised and responsive service. The key areas our wills and probate solicitors can help with are:
- Wills and estate planning
- Probate and administration
- Lasting Powers of attorney
- Court of Protection
- Advice to elderly clients
- Lifetime discretionary trusts
- Inheritance disputes
- Litigation for administration of estates