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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 brother and I are executors of my uncle’s will. He left some money to our nephews and nieces, aged between eight and 20, “to be held in trust until 25 years of age.” Can we ask parents and guardians for their written agreement to our releasing the funds now on the understanding that the money is for the children?

My partner is considering moving into my house. We discussed drawing up a prenuptial agreement, but we read that, after two years, one partner can claim half of the other’s estate. Would this override a prenuptial agreement on my death, or the break-up of the relationship?

My parents have always suggested that when they die their house will be divided between me and my two brothers. However they have signed as guarantors for loans my brothers have taken out. How will this affect me when my parents die, since they haven’t made a will?

My father died recently leaving everything to me in his will. However when I produced the will and the death certificate, both his bank and my solicitors told me it would have to go to probate. Why?

A relative left part of her estate in her will to a children’s home which was part of the NHS at the time but which has now closed. During her lifetime she always paid for private medical care, so she certainly would not intend the money to go to the NHS. Can I now make a claim on this money?

We have recently made a will leaving our house to our son, who is buying his own house. Will he have to pay capital gains tax on the rise in value of our property when the day comes? I understand that, if he’d bought our house, he would only have to pay capital gains on the difference between the purchase price and the sale price?

My best friend died a few months ago. We had been friends for 60 years, and she told me that I was to receive most of her property when she died. However I am not even mentioned in her will. Her brother took charge of her affairs when she developed Alzheimer’s two years ago.

I have some half-brothers and sisters on my father’s side, and also some first cousins on my mother’s side. I was also illegitimate. If I didn’t make a will, who would have a claim on my estate?

After my grandmother died my aunt stayed on in the family home until she died herself last year. We assumed that the property would be divided among the rest of the family, but the house has gone to a single grandchild, which has caused a family rift. We don’t believe this was my grandmother’s intention, but her will cannot be found.

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