Wills and Probate

We draft wills for people of all ages, from those with grown up children to many young people who have decided to plan for the future, frequently when they buy their first home together.

Making a Will need not be seen as a morbid thing, indeed many people feel relieved to have put something in place that will avoid unwanted issues arising in the event of their death. However, we do recognise that often difficult subjects need to be tackled when thinking about making a Will and the members of our Wills and Trusts Department are used to handling such situations with care and diplomacy.

There are many benefits to a Will:

»     You decide who benefits from your estate

»     You can appoint a trusted person or persons to administer your estate after you have died

»     You can decide who will look after your children

»     You can specify any funeral wishes you may have

However, without a Will:

»     You do not decide who looks after your children

»     You will not have a say in your funeral

»     You do not decide who inherits or who looks after your affairs after your death

»     Things may happen (either to your money, your possessions or even your body) that you would not have wanted

After someone has died we can assist their Executors (also known as Personal Representatives) in obtaining a Grant of Probate. This gives them the legal right to deal with your affairs after your death, so they can administer your estate according to your wishes as set out in your Will.

In the event that someone dies without a Will in place, we can assist a family member in obtaining a Grant of Letters of Administration (similar to a Grant of Probate) which will allow them to distribute the estate of the deceased in accordance with the “rules of intestacy” (the law that determines who inherits the estate of someone who has died without a Will).