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Wills, probate and lifetime planning

Did you know, only 25% of the UK population has actually prepared a will?

If you’re one of the 75% that hasn’t, there’s no guarantee that what you own will go to those you intend it to. With our help, preparing a will can be a simple, stress-free process – so why risk it?

Putting it simply, your will informs everyone what should happen to your money, possessions and property when you die. Failure to leave a will means that the law will decide how your estate is passed on and this might be against your wishes.

Five reasons why you need a will:

  • Making a will saves your family a lot of unnecessary distress at a very difficult time.
  • Having a will makes it much simpler for your family and friends to sort everything out when you die – the absence of a will can make the whole process considerably more time consuming and stressful.
  • If you don’t have a will then all your worldly possessions will be shared out in line with legal guidelines, which may fly in the face of what you actually want.
  • Having a will helps to reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax that your benefactors have to pay on the value of your property and any money you leave behind.
  • Writing a will enables you to be very specific about your possessions and who you leave them to – both inside and outside of your family.

To view our commonly asked questions on wills, probate and lifetime planning, please click here.

Wills, probate and lifetime planning - let us guide and support you

To contact our experts in wills, probate and lifetime planning, please see contact details below.

Jonathan Walker TEP
Managing Director
t: 01922 707542

Lasting Powers of Attorney

If illness or poor health prevents you from dealing with your own important day to day affairs then it makes sense to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to appoint someone you know and trust who can deal with them on your behalf.

An LPA is a legal document that allows you to appoint another individual to make decisions about your finances, property affairs and general welfare. Appointing someone who will look after your best interests if you are unable to will give you huge peace of mind and at Walker Solicitors we can guide you through the process and prepare all the necessary documentation.

There are two different types of Lasting Powers of Attorney we can help you with:

  • Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Property and Financial Affairs Lasting Powers of Attorney

You may also know someone who is in a position where they are struggling to make decisions because of their health situation. You can help by applying to become a Deputy and we can guide you through the application process and what’s involved in taking this action.

Peace of mind

Give yourself peace of mind and rely on our expert legal advice. Our private client team is supervised by director, Jonathan Walker with over 16 years’ experience. Jonathan, a solicitor and director of the firm heads the conveyancing department and is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) , the worldwide professional body for practitioners. STEP promotes the highest professional standards in the fields of will writing, trusts, estate and other related issues.

Each team member has sufficient knowledge and expertise to assist you in the most suitable way. We can deal with all aspects of drafting Wills as well as creating a Lasting Power of Attorney, Deputyship/Court of Protection matters, administering the estate of a deceased relative or offering advice on tax planning.

We have prepared guidance on Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney and Probate. Each contains useful information detailing the process involved and includes what we do for you. There is also a breakdown of our fees and any disbursements you will pay along with the estimated time to deal with your matter from initial instruction to completion.

Please click the links below for further information:

LPA – What do we do for you

Probate – What do we do for you

To view our commonly asked questions on lasting powers of attorney, please click here.

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