Dealing with an estate following someone's death can be complex. If a well-drafted Will exists, then the legal process is much more straightforward for your loved ones and avoids any potential conflict or further pressure during an already difficult time.
Spencers Solicitors can help with the entire Wills and probate process, right from writing a Will that is robust enough to withstand any Will dispute to arranging the valuation and distribution of an estate’s assets. Our legal experts can write a Simple Will for you costing as little as £100 + VAT. We aim to make the process of writing your Will as straightforward for you as possible, so if it’s not convenient to come into our offices, we can discuss your needs over the telephone or even by Skype.
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A Simple Will is ideal for people who do not have complicated estates, and whose estate is worth less than the threshold for Inheritance Tax.
Simple Mirror Wills
A Mirror Will' is where each partner agrees to distribute his or her estate (except for special gifts) to their surviving spouse/partner and then to their children or other releatives in equal shares on second death.
Your personal situation may mean your requirements fall outside the scope of a Simple Will. This is not an exhaustive list, and we recognise that individual families and estates can have very different requirements.
Contentious probate is essentially any dispute arising out of the administration of a deceased's estate. Contesting a Will can result from various situations, such as beneficiaries of the estate having different interpretations of a Will, the value of the assets or difficulties with executors.
Contesting a Will
Contesting a Will is not a simple process. It can be demanding in terms of both time and money and it is therefore essential to seek immediate legal advice if you think that you may have grounds to contest a Will.
Lasting Power of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document which enables someone you trust to deal with your affairs. These can be used if you are worried about managing your finances or other decisions in later life.
Probate and Estate Administration
Whether your loved one has died with or without making a Will, we can provide expert advice and guide you through this process, ensuring that the estate is dealt with efficiently and that the wishes of your loved one are carried out.
Regardless of whether Spencers has prepared your Will or not, we can ensure it is kept safe and be easily located when the time comes. If you store your Will with Spencers Solicitors, it will be kept securely, in fireproof conditions, and we will review it every two years to ensure it remains up to date and reflective of your circumstances. Will storage is free in respect of Wills prepared by Spencers Solicitors, and there is an annual fee of just £20 per Will for other Wills.
Why is it so important to make a Will?
Without a Will, you have no control over who will inherit your money and property. Inheritance laws can be complicated, and without a Will there may be some unintended consequences. For example:
- Surviving spouses do not necessarily inherit all assets
- If not married then your partner has no automatic right to inherit from your estate
- Children from previous relationships may unintentionally be disinherited
- In some instances, lack of a Will can mean your house may have to be sold
- As well as the assurance that all financial and inheritance decisions have been made, within a Will you can also name a guardian for your children and could even save on inheritance tax.
We ensure that you receive straightforward, friendly, and practical advice on how to effectively put a Will in place - with no confusing legal jargon. Drafting a Will can give you peace of mind by ensuring your family is provided for should the worst happen.
For more information, complete our online enquiry form or call us on 08000 93 00 94 and let us arrange a free, no-obligation consultation so that you can find out more about our specialist Wills and Probate services.