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Wills, Trusts and Probate

 “the only things certain in life are death and taxes” (Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790). 

By ignoring these issues you will not postpone the inevitable but you may create difficulties for your family and dependants. Many people put off making a Will because they feel it would be tempting fate but the consequences of not making a Will are often severely underestimated.  In such circumstances the rules of intestacy apply, which are not as straightforward as many people believe.  It is essential that everyone should make a Will and the process is far less complicated than most people imagine.  However it is critically important for avoiding both family disputes and possible court action after your death.

Furthermore, our experience in inheritance tax planning can, through your Will, help you avoid unnecessary payment which can substantially reduce the estate value to beneficiaries. We will draft new or alter existing Wills, joint or separate. We act as trustees for beneficiaries, and can appoint powers of attorney and professional executors, where appropriate. When someone close to you dies, you may or may not wish to deal with the process of administration yourself. If you prefer not to deal with it, we will willingly handle all the paperwork, financial and related matters on your behalf. We will make sure that every minute detail from administering utility bills to assisting with funeral arrangements is taken care of efficiently and professionally. You can be assured of our sympathy and understanding at all times.

We can advise you upon the following additional services:

• Probate and Administration of Estates.

• Lasting Powers of Attorney – Property and Financial Affairs – Health and Welfare.

• The Court of Protection.

• Trusts.

• Inheritance Tax Planning.

• Long term care for elderly clients

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