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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

I have been married seven years, but the house belongs to my husband. He has four children. If he died, would the house automatically be mine? He hasn’t made a will. Would his children have any rights over the property?

My father is in his 80’s and has had a lady friend for about ten years. He went to live with her in her council house two years ago after she had a burglary. She is 92, has £30,000 in the bank and hasn’t made a will. What position would my father be in if anything were to happen to her? She has one nephew.

Two years ago my aunt gave her house to her stepson, who lived with her. However he died recently, and his next of kin are now claiming the property. She is worried that she could be thrown out of her home. What is her position?

I am never likely to reach the inheritance tax threshold, but I would like to pass on some money now to my children. Are there any limits to the amount I can give?

My mother is a widow aged 94 and lives in a nursing home. She has savings of around £5,000. Since I am her only child she refuses to make a will in the belief that her savings will come to me anyway. But I am concerned that without a will her money will be swallowed up by probate expenses.

I have two daughters who are total opposites. The eldest is a dutiful, moral, stable wife, while the other is a twice-divorced layabout. I have made a will leaving my house and estate to the first-born. Would the youngest have any success if she decided to contest the will?

If my wife and I opened joint bank or building society accounts with our children or grandchildren and put in the amount by which our assets exceed the inheritance tax threshold, would the money escape tax at 40%?

If a person dies and the sole executor is the next of kin, does probate have to be applied for when everything such as bank accounts and the house are in joint names? Does the executor have to send inheritance tax forms to the tax office even if no inheritance tax is due?

I have four small properties to leave to my son. Would a trust of some kind be a protection against inheritance tax, and would it mean that he would not be forced to sell if he were claiming any state benefit? Who would have to serve on the trust, and what else is involved?

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