WILLS, PROBATE & TRUSTS LAW SOLICITORS

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  • Morrisons Solicitors LLP

    Morrisons Solicitors LLP

    Morrisons Solicitors LLP

    Clarendon House, Clarendon Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1FB

    01737 854500

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  • Simpson Sissons & Brooke LLP

    Straightforward legal advice...that doesn't cost the earth

    Simpson Sissons & Brooke LLP

    Simpson Sissons & Brooke LLP

    Straightforward legal advice...that doesn't cost the earth

    43 Townhead Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2EB

    0114 241 3970

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  • Warner Goodman LLP

    Delighting our clients is our driving force

    Warner Goodman LLP

    Warner Goodman LLP

    Delighting our clients is our driving force

    Portland Chambers, 66 West Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0JR

    01329 288121

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  • Integrum Law

    Intelligent Legal Solutions

    Integrum Law

    Integrum Law

    Intelligent Legal Solutions

    72 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 6AF

    0151 649 1626

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  • Curzon Green

    Curzon Green Solicitors - the City of London and High Wycombe

    Curzon Green

    Curzon Green

    Curzon Green Solicitors - the City of London and High Wycombe

    114-116 Oxford Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2DN

    01494 451 355

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  • QualitySolicitors Chapman & Chubb

    QualitySolicitors Chapman & Chubb

    QualitySolicitors Chapman & Chubb

    Shane House, 157 Nottingham Road, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4JH

    01773 540480

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  • Ison Harrison Limited

    Ison Harrison Limited

    Ison Harrison Limited

    Duke House, 54 Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EE

    0113 284 5000

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  • Ellis Hass Limited

    “A referral from a client is the highest compliment a lawyer can ever receive”

    Ellis Hass Limited

    Ellis Hass Limited

    “A referral from a client is the highest compliment a lawyer can ever receive”

    Avon House, 435 Stratford Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 4AA

    0121 746 3002

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  • Wright Hassall LLP

    The secret behind our award winning success? Our clients.

    Wright Hassall LLP

    Wright Hassall LLP

    The secret behind our award winning success? Our clients.

    Olympus House, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV34 6BF

    01926 886 688

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  • Michael Lewin Solicitors Limited

    Michael Lewin Solicitors Limited

    Michael Lewin Solicitors Limited

    635 Roundhay Road, Leeds, LS8 4BA

    0113 200 9720

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  • Thomas Simpson Solicitors Ltd

    Thomas Simpson Solicitors Ltd

    Thomas Simpson Solicitors Ltd

    37 Southgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9EH

    01962 820 228

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  • Pepperells Solicitors

    Pepperells Solicitors

    Pepperells Solicitors

    100 Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU1 2AE

    01482 326511

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  • Allington Hughes Limited

    One firm fits all.

    Allington Hughes Limited

    Allington Hughes Limited

    One firm fits all.

    10 Grosvenor Road, Wrexham, Wrexham, LL11 1SD

    01978 291 000

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    We're on YOUR side!

    ABMF

    We're on YOUR side!

    42 Ringley Drive, Manchester, Lancashire, M45 7LR

    07970291197

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  • C A Sparkes Solicitors

    C A Sparkes Solicitors

    1st Floor, The Old Corner Shop, 23 High Street, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7AH

    01928 734000

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Wills, Probate and Trusts

The area of wills, probate and trusts can be a complex and diverse field. Solicitors are skilled in their ability to assist clients in a wide variety of cases in this area and are able to work on tasks from form completion through to asset division and inheritance. The following provides information on some of the key points of this field.

Should I make a will?

If you are unsure as to whether you should make a will, it is advisable to discuss your situation with a solicitor at the earliest opportunity. If you die without a will, there are certain rules that dictate how your estate will be shared and who will inherit your assets. In some situations, this may mean that your full estate is inherited by the Crown and not those who you may prefer. If you have children, it is vital that you make a will to make provisions for their future in the event of your death, particularly if you were to leave the children with no surviving parent. A wills, probate and trusts solicitor will help you to assess the value of your estate and write the will ensuring that it is fully reflective of your wishes.

Do I need a solicitor to make a will?

It is possible to create a legally recognised will without the help of a solicitor, and individuals are able to make a will on their own. That said, solicitors are able to offer expert advice on creating the document and recognise common areas of oversight. A solicitor will be able to ensure that errors are avoided and that the desired effect of the document and your wishes are fulfilled. It can be extremely costly, both financially and in time, to work through errors and oversights after death, and so it is advisable to employ the expertise of a solicitor at the time of creating a will to minimise problems at a later date.

Can I change my will once it's written?

Not only is it possible to revise a will at a later date, but it is advisable to regularly consider the relevance of your present will. As time goes on, there is every chance that your wishes will evolve and life events can dictate the necessity to review the contents of your will. Divorce, childbirth, family deaths and financial changes may all have an impact on the wishes that you have for your estate post-death. With that in mind, it is entirely appropriate to review and update your will as necessary. Your solicitor will be able to help you decide whether your will is out of date and can make revisions where necessary to ensure that the present will reflects your current situation.

How do trusts work?

A trust works by separating the ownership and benefit of assets, meaning that one person can own an asset, whilst another benefits from it. An individual may write an asset into trust and appoint a trustee to own and take care of that asset on behalf of the beneficiary. This is often the case when children are involved and people write assets into a trust for their benefit as they are too young to take care of the asset on their own. Your solicitor will help you to decide what assets may require the supervising and services of a trust to ensure that they are fully protected. The trustees are therefore responsible for the maintenance and administration of the assets on the behalf of the beneficiary and must act within the best interests of the beneficiary at all times.

How are assets in a trust managed?

The appointed trustees act as managers of the trust to ensure that it is preserved for the beneficiaries. The trustees may take direction from the terms outlined in the trust document or will and may seek additional professional advice if they are not experts in the management of assets themselves. It may be that your solicitor acts as an adviser to your trustees to ensure successful management of the trust. Trustees have a duty of care to the beneficiaries of the trust and so must act with diligence on their behalf. The trustees are legally obliged to treat all beneficiaries fairly and must not make decisions with any other focus than the benefit of the beneficiaries.

Who should I name as a trustee?

Trustees have very important roles and are entrusted with a great responsibility. It is therefore imperative that the people chosen to act in this role are trustworthy, sensible and reliable. The trustees have the power to administer assets and although you may stipulate terms, they are given a great deal of power. Choosing trustees who will make educated decisions and execute your wishes as you would like is very important. Work with your solicitor to determine who might be the best candidate(s) for this position. Your solicitor will help you recognise the strengths of those that you have in mind.

It is advisable to appoint at least two trustees and to be sure that those chosen are happy to act in the role. Some people will chose a professional trustee, although this is not necessary as professional advice can be sought by anyone chosen.

What is probate?

Probate is the term given to the administration and division of a person's estate when they die. In many cases, when a person dies owning significant assets, a court must issue a formal ‘grant' in order for the estate to be collected and divided between the beneficiaries.

In some instances, a grant is not needed. This includes if the estate is valued at less than £5,000. If an estate includes shares or land, a grant will always be needed. Your probate solicitor will be able to explain whether this is a necessary consideration for you. Any person who needs to sort out the affairs of a deceased person will need to obtain probate. This means that any person who needs to access the accounts, investments and assets of a person who has died, must be given probate. This will then allow that person the ability to repay any debts of the deceased and divide assets between beneficiaries.

Where there is a will, the executor will be granted probate and where there is no will, it is usually the next of kin that is granted the letter of administration in replacement for the order of probate. Nobody will receive any inheritance until probate of administration is granted.

WILLS, PROBATE & TRUSTS LAW SOLICITORS

There are two main reasons why you may need to source a wills & probate law solicitor, neither of which are particularly pleasant to think about. The first is drafting your own will, which will come into effect in the event of your passing. This is not a topic that you will want to think about, but making sure that a will is in place that accurately reflects your wishes will make the grieving process much easier for your loved ones. With a will in place, they will have less of a legal worry regarding your personal assets during what would naturally be an emotional and distressing time.

The second reason is that a loved one has passed, and you are seeking legal advice regarding wills and probate. We know that now is not a time when you want to be spending a large amount of time researching wills and probate law solicitors. This is why we have compiled the solicitor profiles on these pages, making is easier to find and compare wills, probate and trust solicitors in towns and cities local to you. The solicitor profiles contain all of the information necessary for making sure that you employ the most experienced and trusted solicitor for your personal situation. The vast majority (if not all) of the solicitors listed on these pages will offer you a free, no-obligation consultation. During your consultation, you can discuss your circumstances in private with the solicitor, to better judge whether they will be the right solicitor for your needs.

Whether your situation is straightforward or complex, it is important that the firm of solicitors you choose are experienced in the laws of wills, probate and trusts. This will help to ensure that you will receive the most professional and efficient service to fulfil your requirements at this difficult time.

If you would like more information on the legal aspects of wills, probate and trusts, we have a host of free legal guides available. Written by solicitors and legal professionals, our legal guides section is a great source of legal research for all areas of law.

If you have a specific question related to wills, trusts or the law of probate, you can use our Ask a Solicitor service. It is completely free to post a question, and you will receive answers from qualified solicitors without any obligation.

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