Lawrence Gibbons

Lawrence Gibbons

01273 221586

Brighton office

Alexandra Eaton

Alexandra Eaton

01273 221588

Brighton office

Lindsay Keith

Lindsay Keith

01273 832444

Hurstpierpoint office

Wills

Writing a Will

With two thirds of the population in the UK dying intestate (without having made a Will) it is now more than ever necessary for you to protect family wealth and limit adverse tax implications.

A Will is essential in life if you want to protect loved ones after your death and distribute your money and belongings amongst those you wish it to go to and not to those the law deems entitled.

Not making a Will could see your assets distributed in a way that you may not have approved of, especially in the case of unmarried couples, parents and divorcees while also increasing the Inheritance Tax.

Why choose us?

We can help you prepare tax efficient financial planning to ensure that your current assets are protected from one generation to the next, knowing the intricate details of the Inheritance Rules, possible exemptions and reliefs. It is our promise to take this essential task and make it stress-free and to work together until you’re satisfied with the end result.

Writing a will does not have to be time consuming or costly. We offer a cost-effective, efficient and friendly will writing service to help you plan ahead. At the outset we will discuss your family and financial situation and how best we can help. We will ask you about a full range of issues such as the suitability of executors, guardians for your children and trust provisions, anticipating changes which will inevitably occur over the years. We know that writing your will is a personal and often sensitive matter and you can be sure that everything you say to us will be in total confidence.

Checking and Updating Your Will

Recent case law has shown the need to regularly check your will to make sure that it accurately reflects your wishes. Not only can these change over time, but it is possible that your wishes were misunderstood at the drafting stage, as happened in this case. If someone dies and this has happened, it may not be possible to have the will rectified and it will inevitably involve unnecessary expense and delay.

If your will was written some years ago, or your circumstances have altered, it may be necessary for your Will to be amended. If you find anything in your will that you do not understand or which does not reflect your wishes, please feel free to contact us.

Visiting you in your home

We are always happy to see you in the comfort of your own home if you are not able to come into our offices to see us.

Probate

Probate is the handling of the estate and possessions of somebody who has passed away. Our specialist probate department strive to provide a sympathetic yet professional service to help carry the burden at this difficult time to ensure that the probate process is conducted smoothly and efficiently.

Our service

The probate process itself can be complex and time consuming, especially if you have not been through it before. We understand that is the last thing anyone needs when going through bereavement; that’s why our dedicated team will do their utmost to help you whatever your circumstance.

Our service is designed to meet your needs, whether it be resolving the little legalities or taking you through the entire probate process. We aim to serve your needs sensitively, economically but always professionally.

Contentious Probate

Our Probate team have extensive legal expertise in the often complex law surrounding contentious probate, particularly will and inheritance disputes.

Unfortunately, many people fail to make a will, which results in thousands of people each year dying intestate. The implication of this is that the crown decides how the estate of the deceased person should be split between the surviving relatives. At times this can be relatively straightforward, for example, where there is only a surviving spouse. At others, it can lead to significant litigation, claims and counter-claims from the deceased person’s family. What’s more, with increasing numbers of second and third families, it is becoming increasingly common for wills to be contested and for confusion to arise as to who is entitled to what.

We are also able to assist with the following related areas

Power Of Attorney

Making a Power of Attorney may be the right course of action if you have an elderly relative who is finding it difficult to deal with their affairs, or if you yourself are finding that your affairs are becoming more difficult to manage.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables you to appoint someone you trust as an ‘attorney’, who is able to make decision on your behalf. This can be drawn up at any time whilst you still have capacity, but you should note that it has no legal standing until it is registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. Once registered, an LPA can be used at any time, whether you have the mental ability to act for yourself or not. There are two types of LPA:

Property and Affairs LPA: This allows you to choose someone to make decisions about how you spend your money and the way your property and affairs are managed.

Personal Welfare LPA: This new type of Power of Attorney allows you to choose someone to make decisions about your healthcare and welfare. It includes decisions to refuse or consent to treatment on your behalf and deciding where you live. These decisions can only be taken on your behalf after the LPA has been registered, and if you lack the capacity to make the decisions yourself.

Court of Protection advice

Where someone is no longer able to make decisions and they do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney or Enduring Power of Attorney in place there is often little option but to make an application to the Court of Protection. We can help you to compile all the necessary information and complete the application for you.

Contacting one of our Wills and Probate Solicitors

For immediate and FREE initial advice contact one of the Wills and Probate team.

Rupert Taylor

Rupert Taylor

01273 710715

Brighton office

Louise Bunting

Louise Bunting

01273 221589

Brighton office