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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 uncle died six months ago, leaving everything to my father. However my father died before my uncle, as did all his other brothers and sisters. I’m told that intestacy rules say our cousin will get half of the residue and my sister and I will get a quarter each. Is that correct?

My husband died suddenly at the age of 36. I found a life insurance policy for about £19,000 which he’d taken out before we met. But the policy was written in trust so that his then girlfriend would benefit on his death. Now the insurance company says it must pay the money to her – even though my husband hadn’t seen her for years.

An elderly relative has hand-written her will on an ordinary piece of paper, and because she’s got someone to witness it she thinks it’s a legal document. Surely this cannot be right?

My father-in-law died three months ago, leaving his estate to my husband and his brother. My husband and I have since started divorce proceedings, and I wondered whether I or my three children will have any claim on the estate?

My wife’s brother is in his 80’s and when anything happens to him I would like to know who is his next of kin and who is responsible for sorting out his affairs. He is a widower and has a step-daughter, although we don’t know whether he legally adopted her. As far as I know he hasn’t made a will.

I am a beneficiary of a will made by a relative who died more than 18 months ago. The executor has appointed someone to administer the will, who presented an initial bill for £5,000 six months ago even though it’s nowhere near being resolved. What’s the procedure for removing an executor?

Although I have been divorced 20 years I still use my married name. However my son was born before I was married and uses my maiden name. I have a small amount of money in the bank: will he have any trouble sorting this out after I die because we have different names? I made a simple will out years ago on a form you get from newsagents, but my witnesses have both died now.

My wife and I are in our eighties. The house is in my name only. I would like to ensure that it goes to my grand-daughter, who at present is 16, when we die. Is it possible to transfer the title deeds to three owners: my wife, myself and my grand-daughter?

I live with my partner and work for him as well. I have two small children, while his two daughters have left home. I have a 20 per cent share in our house. My partner has made a will leaving his daughters his share of the house. Could they force me out if my partner died?

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