The creation of a will is not a time consuming process but one that does require a great deal of thought. Wills can be changed and modified as time goes on so do not feel pressured that the decisions you make in your initial document cannot be altered. The purpose of a will is to outline your wishes once you have passed away. This ranges from who in your life will be the recipient of any wealth, assets or possessions you have, possible wishes for end of life care regarding life sustaining treatment, care home facilities or medication to any funeral plans you wish to be adhered to.
Without a will, the rules of intestacy will apply, which means that only a partner identified through marriage or civil partnership, as well as a very restricted few other close relatives can inherit any thin you may leave behind. In-laws, friends and unmarried partners have absolutely no right to any inheritance if no will is drawn up.
Our wills, trusts and probate solicitors can:
- draft a will to your exact requirements;
- prepare a will at short notice, including at your hospital bed or over the telephone if you are abroad or suddenly become unwell;
- apply to the Court of Protection for a statutory will on behalf of a relative who is unable to make a will in the normal way;
- ensure the legal formalities needed to create a valid will are complied with;
- take extra steps to ensure that everything is done properly where you have been diagnosed with deteriorating mental health;
- prepare a letter of wishes to accompany your will to deal with matters like funeral arrangements and to explain any decisions that may come as a surprise to your family;
- advise you on the best way to structure your affairs for tax planning to ensure you pay no more inheritance tax than necessary;
- put in place arrangements for the protection of vulnerable beneficiaries, for example by setting up a trust; and
- create a deed of variation to change the terms of a will or the rules of intestacy to make provision for other relatives or to save tax.
We can also assist with other matters to help you put your legal affairs in order, including the creation of a lasting power of attorney to enable you to appoint someone of your choosing to manage your affairs if you become unable to do so yourself through deterioration of mental or physical health.
Advising families throughout Kent and beyond
We have offices in Chatham, Gravesend, Maidstone and Tenterden where we can meet you to discuss your requirements.
We can also offer meetings at your home, in hospital or in a care facility, and in exceptional circumstances a telephone appointment can be arranged via skype.
An initial appointment to discuss your requirements can be arranged from £95 plus VAT. After that we can agree funding arrangements to suit your budget.
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