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Writing a will does not have to be costly or time consuming. A professionally drafted will can offer financial safety and security to your loved ones, ensuring that your wishes are carried out after your death. It can also save a great deal of expense – significantly minimising the possibility of future disputes and achieving considerable savings in Inheritance Tax.

Our specialist team of Wills and Probate lawyers provide impartial and independent advice covering a range of services including:

  • Court of Protection
  • Estates
  • Intestacy
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Trusts

If you’re looking for legal advice on any aspect of making, amending or challenging a will, take a look at some of the questions our lawyers have already answered to help you along the way.

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Wills and Probate Questions

My fiancé and I have lived together for seven years. Unfortunately he has been seriously ill and we haven’t been able to marry. He says he has changed his will to leave me everything, but I haven’t seen a copy and now his daughter is demanding to see it. Does she have a right to see it? It’s possible there is no will after all.

My mother died four months ago. I want to bury her ashes but my brothers say it’s nothing to do with me. They also say I’ve no right to see a copy of the will.

If a beneficiary of a will dies before the person who made the will, what happens to their share? Does it go to their successor, or into their estate, or will it be divided among the other beneficiaries? I am the executor of the will and the will maker no longer has the mental capacity to make a new one.

My husband and I jointly own a house worth about £150,000, jointly own a static caravan, have a joint bank account and some premium bonds each. Do we need to make a will?

My stepfather died recently after living with my mother for 25 years. They weren’t actually married, so I wondered what she was entitled to as regards the house, which I believe was in joint names, and his estate. His son from his first marriage is now making a claim.

My mother is a widow and owns her house. My brother is still living with her. If my mother died without making a will would he have a right to stay in the house?

Does probate have to be granted on a will if there is only one beneficiary? I am a widow with one son and don’t have much to leave and I am trying to save all possible expense.

An elderly friend relies on a trust set up by her late husband for her income. As a result of late or non-payment of tax HMRC has recently charged the estate £13,000 in interest, which the trustees have paid from my friend’s income. Is it legal for trustees to make the beneficiaries pay for their mistakes?

We have made wills leaving everything to our married son. But we wondered whether, if anything should happen to us both at the same time, he would be able to get money from our account immediately to pay our funeral expenses for example. Would everything have to go through probate first?

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