Wills, Trusts and Estates
For many people the legal landscape of Wills, Trusts and administering estates after death can be bewildering. Our compassionate and professional solicitor, Matt Wright, can help you navigate that landscape and help to ease some of the worry and anxiety that you may feel when dealing with these emotive subjects.
However straightforward your affairs may be, having a professionally drafted Will ensures that your wishes will be legally binding after your death. Whilst we can usually prepare Wills for a fixed fee, there is no ‘one size fits all’ for Wills. They are as individual as you are and we will make sure your Will is carefully drafted to take account of your personal circumstances and your wishes.
For more information about our prices for Wills, select the link below. Please note that the prices listed are estimates only. We can only confirm the cost of your Will or Wills once we have met with you to take full instructions, provided you with advice and discussed your requirements. In some circumstances we will not be able to offer a fixed fee and will do the work based upon the time we spend at our hourly rate. We will advise you of this before we begin work.
When someone dies the task of sorting out that person’s affairs can be overwhelming, particularly if you have never gone through the legal process before. Guidance on what to do when someone dies can be found by clicking the link below.
If you have been named in the Will as an executor, or if there is no Will and you are taking responsibility for sorting out the affairs of the deceased, you may need to apply for a Grant of Probate. If the person who has died owned a property or shares or had a large amount of savings, then a Grant of Probate will be required so that you can deal with their assets. The link below can help you determine whether you require a Grant of Probate and sets out the steps you need to take.
How Can We Help?
We can take the stress out of this complex and alien legal process and help you to avoid its many pitfalls. We can also ‘translate’ the legal jargon used in Wills, explaining the terms of the Will in plain English.
We can offer a number of related services such as restructuring estates through deeds of variation, advice on the taxation of estates (i.e. inheritance tax, income tax and capital gains tax) and the sale of any property in the estate. Also, where any trust has been created (either by a Will or during someone’s lifetime), we can provide you with advice on how it should be run or brought to an end.
We offer two levels of service for estate administration. Click on the headings below for more detailed information about pricing and timeframes for each level of service:
Where the estate is very straightforward and you feel capable of taking on the liability of dealing with many of the legal aspects yourself then you may wish to use our Grant Only Service, where our involvement is limited to helping complete the paperwork to make the application to the court for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.
If you want the certainty that the whole estate be administered correctly and according to the law’s requirements, then our Full Administration service will be more appropriate.