Making a will is one of the most important things we can do – after all it determines who will inherit our hard earned property, possessions and savings. Making a will is often a relatively straightforward and inexpensive process. But not making a will can cause difficulties for those left behind. Your estate could be distributed according to the law, rather than according to your wishes. Particular issues can arise where a person has an unmarried partner or is in a second marriage. A person with young children may also wish to appoint a guardian in his or her will. And if you have a will, it is advisable to review it from time to time, particularly if there has been a change in your circumstances, for example if you get married or become a parent.
Trusts can be useful in different situations. These may include financial planning for a person’s family, to protect the assets of a disabled person or to protect money received in a personal injury claim. We can advise on setting up trusts and also on the day-to-day administration, acting as Trustees and winding up trusts once the purpose of the Trust has been completed.
Dealing with a bereavement can be very difficult. We can help with the administrative work involved in the winding up of a person’s estate, whether the deceased has left a will or not. That work may include matters such as identifying and valuing the estate, applying to court for Confirmation (or Probate) on the estate and making payment and transferring property to those who are entitled to the estate. We aim to ease the burden on those who are left behind so as to make the whole process as straightforward as possible.
Please also see our section on Power of Attorney.