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  • Overview

    Wills & estate planning lawyers offering sound advice.

    A will is one of the most important documents that you will ever sign and an essential part of your personal estate and financial planning. If you die without a will, the intestacy rules apply which may mean that your assets do not pass on as you wish. These rules may also cause tax problems for those you leave behind. This is why it is very important to get sound will and estate planning advice from our qualified team of lawyers.

    The worldwide COVID-19 crisis brought into focus the importance of not only having a will, but reviewing it regularly (at least every five years) or if your circumstances change (see below).  To make the process of preparing a will easier for clients, we have adapted our service and all of our lawyers are able to ‘meet’ with you via a video call on Microsoft Teams, FaceTime or WhatsApp, whilst still continuing to offer advice by telephone and email if you would prefer.  In addition, we are here for you 24/7 with our online chat service (see bottom right hand corner). 

    Here are some reasons (which is not an exhaustive list) for reviewing your will:-

    • Marriage – getting married will revoke any will you have in place already. Unless the will makes specific provision for the marriage;
    • Having children;
    • Divorce;
    • Acquiring additional assets (such as buying a home) or inheriting;
    • Providing for a ‘common law’ husband or wife - If you live with someone, but are not married or in a civil partnership, your partner will have no automatic rights to your property if you die. This includes your share in the home.


    Making a will

    We can advise you on all aspects of making your will by a method which suits you. This is a very personal process so we will review all options to ensure those you wish to benefit are looked after in the best way, and in a way which you are comfortable with.  In addition, once your will has been prepared, our lawyers will support you in finding a way to sign your will, whilst adhering to the current Government COVID-19 guidance. 

    Our lawyers have years of experience preparing wills for people from all walks of life, whether they are resident in the UK or live abroad, as well as offering estate planning advice. We have advised multiple generations of families, including those with farms and other family businesses, on protecting their assets for the next generation and passing them on when the time comes. We work with you to find the right solution and to ensure tax liabilities are kept to a minimum.  If you would like to arrange a meeting to discuss your will with one of our lawyers, please contact a member of the team, or use our chat service below, indicating your preferred contact method, date and time. 

    Our fees are structured to provide different options, depending on your circumstances.  If your personal circumstances are relatively straightforward, you may wish to opt for a fixed-fee service when getting your will in place.   However, if your particular situation is quite complex then you may require more detailed estate planning advice.  For more information about our fees, please read our 'Will and estate planning services' brochure,

    Estate and succession planning

    Most of our team are full members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, an internationally recognised qualification

    Our specialist team offers practical succession and related estate planning advice on issues such as:


    Further help

    You can find more information on making wills in our information sheets ‘Making your will’ and ‘Wills – Frequently asked questions’.

    If you require more specific estate planning advice, please read our 'Will and estate planning services' brochure, or contact us via the get in touch form or live chat facility to the right of this page.

     

      

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    Following a significant increase in the value of a property during the administration of an estate, we were able to achieve a substantial capital gains tax saving.

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    Getting married or entering into a civil partnership is usually one of the most important days of any person’s life, and the preparations can take months in advance of the big day.

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    Estate Planning in the time of Coronavirus: Making best use of lifetime gifts

    The Coronavirus pandemic has produced the biggest change in the daily lives of millions of people seen since the Second World War. There has also been a large amount of economic worry as stock markets have fallen and property prices have been affected by the slowdown in the market. 

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    The introduction of social distancing measures following the outbreak of Covid-19 has seen the majority of the UK workforce shift to working from home.

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    The legal profession is currently facing unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus situation, which is fast moving and having far reaching effects on the world as we know it. 

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