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Wills and Probate

Our Wills and Probate team can help you with all aspects of making a will, through to estate administration issues and applying for a grant of representation.

We appreciate that making a will or having to deal with probate issues – especially if a loved one dies intestate – can be emotionally fraught events. No matter what the issue you come to see us about, we offer a sympathetic and supportive service. The same dedicated solicitor will deal with you at all times – and because they will be fully aware of your situation, you will receive a consistent and personalized approach.

Preparing a Will

While it’s possible to make a will without using a solicitor, certain legal formalities must be followed to ensure it is valid, so asking a legal expert for help and advice can reduce the hassle and give you peace of mind. Nowadays, with blended families, cohabitation, divorces and subsequent marriages, it’s a good idea to formalize your will. This will help make certain your wishes are carried out and also prevent any potential problems over the interpretation of your will among surviving family members.

There are a number of other good reasons to make sure you have a valid will – whether it’s to save Inheritance tax, ensure your funeral arrangements go ahead in the manner you wish or to appoint a guardian for any surviving children. It’s particularly advisable to prepare a will if you have a complex estate above the current Inheritance Tax threshold of £325,000.

Whatever your reasons for making a will – even if it’s just to ensure certain belongings go to specific loved ones – we can draft one that accurately reflects your values and wishes. We can also help regularly review your will, should your circumstances change.

Administering an Estate

If it has fallen upon you to administer an estate, we understand that it can be a time consuming and often confusing process. Identifying assets and liabilities, paying those liabilities and distributing the remaining assets in accordance with the will is a weighty responsibility. Sometimes disputes arise in the course of administering an estate, including:

  • Challenges to wills (eg. on grounds of fraud);
  • Burial disputes;
  • Inheritance Act Claims; and
  • Trust disputes.

We are able to provide a helping hand throughout this process and in all these matters, offering the appropriate level of support to enable you to carry out your duties swiftly and effectively, and deal with any difficulties.

We can also assist in applying for a grant of representation – a court-issued document that provides executors with the necessary entitlement to deal with the deceased’s estate.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

We appreciate that it is a difficult and brave decision to grant another person the power to make decisions on your behalf. At Woodgrange Solicitors, we will help you in all aspects of nominating a trustworthy person on your behalf. Whether it’s a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for financial decisions or health and care, one of our experienced solicitors will guide you through the process. They will ensure your LPA is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, and will put the appropriate safeguards in place – so you can rest assured that your personal interests will be foremost at all times.

To speak to us about any aspect of making or challenging a will, estate administration or creating appropriate LPAs, just give one of our specialist solicitors a call on 020 8534 2400.

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