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Wills and Probate

    Planning your legal affairs both for now and also when you die, can save you and your family lots of time, upset and money.  Our specialists cover all of the below areas and can give you full advice and guidance on how to best plan your affairs.  


        Your Will is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime.  If you have any children, a house or any money, you must have a Will.  If you do not have one then a set of old fashioned rules called the intestacy rules will say where your money goes.  We can assist you with putting your Wills in place properly to ensure that your wishes are carried out.

          Lasting Power of Attorney

            If you should ever need help in managing your affairs whilst you are still alive, this document will enable you to choose who you want to help you.  We can advise you of the different types of powers of attorney and can prepare and deal with the registration of them for you to ensure that they are done correctly and are ready to use for your family as and when needed.

              Probate – after death

                Losing a loved one is likely to be one of the most devastating and stressful times of your life.  We are highly experienced in dealing with the legal administration of a person’s affairs when they pass away.  Whether that person has left a Will or not, we can deal with the entire estate for you, taking the pressure off you and your family at what can be a very emotional time.

                Care Fees and Tax & Trusts Planning

                You cannot deliberately deprive the government of your money to avoid paying care fees.  Likewise, you cannot deliberately try and avoid paying tax such as inheritance tax.  However, there are ways to plan your affairs to minimise and sometimes completely remove the effects of both of these charges on your finances.  We can advise you of what you need to do in order to protect yours and your family’s assets. 

                Court of Protection

                Sadly, as we get older, we are more likely to develop illnesses of the mind which sometimes can lead to us losing our mental capacity.  If your loved one has not put a lasting power of attorney in place, a deputyship application to this court may be necessary in order for you to help them in managing their affairs.  We can guide and advise you throughout this whole process.

                For more information or if you have any queries please contact Claire Brown at or telephone 01332 200 200