Wills and Probate Service
Your will lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death.
If you make a will you can also make sure you don’t pay more Inheritance Tax than you need to. You can write your will yourself, but you should get advice if your will isn’t straightforward.
You need to get your will formally witnessed and signed to make it legally valid.
Your will should set out:
- • who you want to benefit from your will
- • who should look after any children under 18
- • who is going to sort out your estate and carry out your wishes after your death (your executor)
- • what happens if the people you want to benefit die before you
For your will to be legally valid, you must:
- • be 18 or over
- • make it voluntarily
- • be of sound mind
- • make it in writing
- • sign it in the presence of 2 witnesses who are both over 18
- • have it signed by your 2 witnesses, in your presence
If you make any changes to your will you must follow the same signing and witnessing process.
You cannot amend your will after it’s been signed and witnessed. The only way you can change a will is by making an official alteration called a codicil.
You must sign a codicil and get it witnessed in the same way as witnessing a will.
Wills Writing Service for You
We understand that talking about death can be difficult. Our advice is that it is better to have a will in place. The bereavement process is one of the most difficult processes that we have to deal with in life. It is important to take the time to think about how you would like your assets to be distributed while you are living. It takes much of the stress away from the relatives that you leave behind. If you have assets and do not leave a will behind then it can become problematic between surviving relatives as they try to divide assets amongst themselves.
- • We offer a bespoke will writing service to tailor your needs.
- • We take your instructions over the telephone.
- • You are welcome to attend our office to discuss matters in person.
- • We offer home visits within 10 miles of our Manchester offices.
- • We will send you a draft copy of the will for you to check and sign. Then we aim to provide you with the final version within 2 weeks.
- • Call one of our solicitors today to discuss any concerns that you might have.
- • We can help you to draft a will for just £ 160. 00
- • We are here to make sure that you have a will in place that takes care of your worries.
- • We are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that we meet your needs.
Applying for the legal right to deal with someone’s property, money and possessions when they die is called ‘applying for probate’.
- • If the person left a will, you’ll get a ‘grant of probate’.
- • If the person did not leave a will, you’ll get ‘letters of administration’.
You apply for both in the same way.
If you’re an executor you can apply for probate yourself or use a solicitor or another person licensed to provide probate services.
If there’s no will you can apply for letters of administration. You follow the same steps as applying for probate but you can only apply by post.
You must estimate and report the estate’s value before you apply for probate. Depending on its value, you may have to pay Inheritance Tax.
You may get a penalty if you send inaccurate information on your Inheritance Tax form.
- • If you have lost a loved one and now need help with regards to probate then we can help.
- • We are keen to listen to your situation and understand the issues so that we can help you.
- • Our mission is to handle the legal matters for and ease your mind during this stressful period.
- • Call our experts today to discuss this further.
International Probate Expertise
Recently our legal specialist, Our experts settled a complex Irish probate matter with The Allied Irish Bank. Her client was faced with complex banking laws that were preventing her from receiving a significant amount of inheritance. The client was expected to pay extortionate legal costs to instruct an Irish solicitor. The Irish lawyers wanted to charge him 23% VAT for their service. The client had been waiting over 1 year for her inheritance. Sam saved her client a huge amount of money by using persuasive negotiation skills to ensure that her client received the inheritance she deserved. This saved her client thousands of pounds in terms of having to instruct a solicitor in Ireland. Sam was able to speed up the process and ensure that her client received her inheritance within 2 months of taking over the case. Now the client is able to carry on with her life knowing that the stressful probate matter has been settled on good terms.
We can handle Probate matters so you don’t have to.
Why Choose Us?
No case is the same as another, and we do not take a ‘one size fits all approach’ to our clients. We prepare and undertake a tailored strategy based on our client’s individual’s needs and circumstances. Our experienced team is able to provide advice and assistance in various legal areas.
Our team will undertake a formal review of your case documents and advise you on the suggested next steps. Our expertise in this area means that care and consideration will be used when reviewing your file. We understand that matters can be time sensitive and you will receive our advice promptly following our instructions.
We are experts in advising and dealing with complex matters on behalf of vulnerable clients. Our team is committed to fighting for justice and providing a high quality service for all of our clients.