More than 60% of UK adults don't have a Will.
Even though most will have considered making a one, many simply just don't get around to doing it. Some people find the prospect daunting, for others it's something they’d rather not think about.
However, there a few things to consider:
· If you're single, your estate could be left to your friends, family or a charity of your choice
· If you’re not married, you would be wrong to believe your partner would automatically inherit your estate
· If your spouse re-marries, children you have together could be left out in the cold and a new family could inherit what your children should recieve
· If you have children under 18 and you don’t appoint guardians to take care of them, a court may have to make decisions about where and with whom they live. They may even be taken into care whilst the court decides
Protect your assets, reduce inheritance tax and provide peace of mind for yourself and your loved ones.
You should appoint someone or people you trust to make decisions about your health and welfare, property and finances if you're unable to make those decisions yourself.
Often associated with old age or Dementia, a lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal device which allows you to appoint people you trust to make decisions for you.
Just like making a Will, an LPA is a plan for the future that you put in place to help you if you're incapacitated by a serious illness such as a stroke. It must be made whilst you still have mental capacity; once you lose this you can't appoint anyone to act for you. Your representatives must then apply to the Court of Protection for permission to handle the simplest of your affairs; a process that can be lengthy and expensive.
Let us help you complete the documents you need to make sure the people you trust are able to make those vital decisions for you.
It's true that you're not bound to use the services of a solicitor to handle the probate process; you can do it yourself if you have the time and patience. However, dealing with the loss of a loved one is a stressful experience without having to consider the issues that must be dealt with when someone dies.
A grant of probate will determine who has the right to deal with your estate.
We can take away some of those concerns by assisting you with the application process, or by doing the whole thing on your behalf.
We will agree a fixed fee for our services to avoid any expensive and unnecessary costs.