Making a WillPreparing for the future to safeguard our loved ones is crucial but is perhaps a task we often delay because it involves facing some difficult prospects. It is estimated that more than 7 out of 10 adults in the UK do not have a will. This means that when they die their estate is ‘intestate’, which can cause all number of complications and disputes for remaining family members. It can also mean that a great deal of the deceased estate is ‘eaten up’ by inheritance tax, with their money going to the government and not the intended loved ones. This can often be avoided by careful planning when making a will. It also ensures your money and property goes to who you actually intend it to. If you are thinking about preparing a Will, or wish to discuss other options please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a confidential consultation. We can advise and assist you in the preparation of a Will or advise as to alternative methods to look after your assets. We can advise and assist you in the preparation of a Will or advise as to alternative methods to look after your assets. For a simple Will, we charge £180.00 & Vat. For two simple Wills for a couple, we charge £250.00 & Vat. Please contact us for a friendly chat and we can arrange an appointment for you to discuss your needs.
ProbateWhether someone has a will or not, when a loved one dies dealing with their affairs can be complicated, very time-consuming and also emotionally draining. Fursdon Knapper can offer you a swift, cost-effective service to ensure that everything is resolved and distributed as they intended. You may be interested in talking to us about your own estate and making provision for what happens when you die, to avoid unnecessary grief for your family; Equally if a loved one has recently died and you wish us to help you tie-up their affairs and seek a Grant of Probate, we would be very happy to talk to you. Remember that only a solicitor can apply for probate and for an unqualified person to apply on your behalf is a criminal offence if the application is for a fee. Some will writers and other unscrupulous operators who give themselves meaningless titles such as “barrister intermediary” after three days of training advertise that they carry out probate services but legally they can only administer the assets of the estate they cannot apply for probate on your behalf. Beware of unauthorised people who will ask you to grant a power of attorney to them so that they can apply for the grant of probate in their name rather than your name. Once probate is granted in that name only that person can deal with the estate so don’t let some unqualified person take over the affairs of your loved one to overcome the fact that they are not qualified to do the work.
Lasting Power of AttorneyWhilst many people make provision for what is to happen to their estate should they die, far fewer take steps to ensure that their affairs can be looked after in the event that they lose mental capacity. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which lets one person appoint another person or people that they trust, to make decisions on their behalf. Whilst we all hope that we will continue to be healthy, independent and be able to make our own decisions, the simple fact is that there may come a time when we are not either physically or mentally as able as we were. An LPA allows you to decide now:
- What decisions you want making should you lose capacity, and
- by whom and how those decisions are to be made
- What should happen to your property, your money and your welfare