Wills and Probate

Our specialist solicitors are experienced at providing advice on Wills and Probate in the UK

Leading Wills and Probate Solicitors

Everyone should consider estate planning and having a Will to avoid future difficulties, as the consequences of overlooking this could make matters difficult for your family and dependents.  At The Legal Practice, our expert Wills & Probate lawyers in the UK understand to protect the importance of protecting your best interests, and we forward plan to give you peace of mind that your estate is being taken care of when you pass away.  

We will help you through this stressful time.

There are important tasks that need to be completed when someone dies. Our expert Wills & Probate lawyers understand that it can be an extremely stressful time for you and aim to relieve the pressure by taking care of these matters on your behalf, to give you precious time to grieve.

If they leave a valid Will, the named executors take care of the responsibility. Where a valid Will is not in place, the person is said to have died intestate, which means that the Intestacy Rules determine who can be appointed as the estate administrator.  We will be happy to guide you through this process to ensure clarity. 

Our team of Expert Wills and Probate lawyers in UK

We have a team of experts who deal with the creation of Wills, Probate, and estate administration matters. Our Wills & Probate lawyers in the UK offer simple Wills from as little as £250 plus VAT or mirror wills for spouses at a discounted price of £400 plus VAT. Please click here for more details on fees. 

Many people assume that your assets will automatically go to a surviving spouse, but this is not always the case. It is essential to ensure that you have a Will to avoid complications. This is particularly true in the case of unmarried partners who have no automatic entitlement. 

The role of an executor or administrator can be overwhelming, mainly as you are personally liable for administering the estate correctly. The deceased’s estate may involve complex matters or may be of high value. Therefore every executor or administrator can instruct a solicitor of choice to assist them with the estate administration, with the legal fees being settled by the deceased’s estate. Whilst there is no legal requirement to use wills lawyers in the UK for Probate, having specialist legal support on hand can be invaluable to guide you through each step of the process.

Wills & Probate FAQs

Do my assets automatically pass to my spouse ?
Unfortunately your estate does not always automatically pass to a partner or spouse. Unmarried partners without a will may not be recognized as a beneficiary. In cases where you are married or in a civil partnership, your spouse does not a necessarily receive the whole of your estate. Your children, children from previous relationships or other family members may be entitled to a share of your estate upon your death. At times this can result in the family home being sold – highlighting the importance of preparing a will to ensure that everything is dealt with amicably and with no problems.
What age can I make a will?

Any person who is 18 years of age or older can have a will. Armed forces who are on active duty can make a will once they turn 17 years of age.

Who can witness my will ?

It is recommended that an independent person is present as a witness when you sign your will – someone who is not a family member or beneficiary of your will. This is to ensure that the witnesses are impartial.

What happens if a beneficiary dies before me?

In cases where a beneficiary dies before you, we can review your will to determine if any alterations need to be made.

What are the executors ?
Executors are the people who are responsible for administering your estate in accordance with the terms in your will. The role of executor can be time consuming and stressful, particularly during this difficult time, so you have the option of naming a professional executor.
What are the main stages of probate ?

Probate involves three main stages.

  1. Investigating the extent of the estate
  2. Completing tax returns and applying to the court for the grant from the probate registry, collecting the assets, paying any debts of the deceased and distributing the remaining estate.
Why do people use a professional firm for probate ?
As the probate process can be complex and takes some time, people are often allocated a firm of their choice to help ease the pressure. An executor or next of kin who applies for a grant is personally liable for any mistakes or incorrect distributions of estate. The process involves extensive legal and tax knowledge as there are numerous complications that may arise including will disputes.
At Legal Practice we can give you peace of mind when dealing with any probate matters by ensuring that the estate is being dealt with efficiently and as required.
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