• Basic Wills from £150.00
    Basic Wills from £150.00
    Without a valid Last Will and Testament any assets you leave on death will be distributed according to the Rules of Intestacy. These rules lay down a rigid method of estate distribution and make no account of your wishes. Click the image to read more...
  • We realise that most people haven’t experienced probate before. Probate is the administration of a deceased’s Estate by the appointed “executors” in the Will, usually family members. At an already difficult and emotional time, the complexities of executing a Will and establishing any appropriate Trusts can be an arduous task. Click the image to the left to read more...
  • Inheritance Tax is simply a tax on money or possessions you leave behind when you pass on.It can also apply to some “gifts” you make during your lifetime. It is therefore vital that you receive professional Inheritance Tax Advice on your position to minimise the impact and tax paid should the worst happen, ensuring that your loved ones receive as much of your money as possible. Click the image to the left to read more...
  • Without a valid Last Will and Testament any assets you leave on death will be distributed according to the Rules of Intestacy. These rules lay down a rigid method of estate distribution and make no account of your wishes, unless you write a will. Click the image to the left to read more...
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney from £195
    Lasting Powers of Attorney from £195
    Often serious illness or accidents strike without warning. Last year, for example, approximately 130000 people suffered strokes. Without a Lasting Power of Attorney being available this is when it becomes difficult... Click the image to the left to read more...

A Challenging Time

Figures just released show that during 2015 a record number of 14167 Wills were challenged in the Courts. This represented almost 21% increase over the previous year. The main causes appear to be divorces, remarriages and the ever rising property values in estates of deceased persons. Most disputes involve the distribution of assets by disappointed family members. Nearly one in ten people over the age of 65 is now a divorcee and unless new Wills are created to protect inheritance by children of the first marriage they can lose out altogether to children of the second. Unmarried relationships also cause difficulties on the death of one or other of the partners involved especially where property is jointly owned and not as ‘tenants in common’. The increasing values of private residences means that there is usually a large sum to dispute over. All of this indicates the necessity of keeping your Will up to date in accordance with your present circumstances.