Will writing service Salisbury
Making a Will?
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Making a Will is probably one of the most important legal steps that you can arrange and it is therefore vital that it is dealt with by qualified legal professionals. We have the experience and specialist knowledge to ensure that your Will meets your needs and requirements, including advice on any inheritance tax and trust issues, if necessary. Based in Wimborne we provide free home appointments in the Salisbury area.
Why do I need to make a Will......?"
Current estimates suggest that approximately 70% of the UK population does not have a valid Will and therefore will die intestate. One of the biggest misconceptions is that when you die your estate (eg your house, money, personal possessions) will automatically go to your nearest and dearest. Unfortunately the rules of intestacy (if you die without a valid Will you are said to “die intestate”) often do not provide adequately. Do not assume that if you are married or in a civil partnership your spouse or partner will inherit all your estate. Without a valid Will the rules of intestacy will apply and the State will decide who inherits your estate and in what proportions.
It is even more important to make a Will if you are not married or in a civil partnership with your partner. This is because the law does not automatically recognise partners as having the same rights as husbands, wives and civil partners. As a result even if you have lived together for many years your partner may be left with nothing if you have not made a Will and, if the family home was in your sole name, they could be left without a roof over their heads.
"But I havn't got much to leave anyway...."
Maybe not, but what you do have could be valuable and important your family and what about your children or dependants? Making a Will is vital if you have children or dependants who may not be able to care for themselves. Without a Will there is no certainty as to who will look after or provide for them when you die. If the State is left to appoint Guardians for minor children, there is no obligation upon them to award Guardianship to a family member and your children and dependants could end up as ‘wards of the State’. A Will is also important if there are people who could make a claim on your estate when you die because they depend on you financially, you have a business or the value of your estate leaves you vulnerable to Inheritance Tax. Newnham & Jordan Solicitors offer a no obligation consultation in the Bournemouth area to discuss and advise you on matters you should consider in order to draft a suitable Will depending upon your personal circumstances. In order to assist we have prepared a short guide as to the kind of information that we will require so that we can provide you with appropriate advice for your individual circumstances.
What is Probate?
When a person dies, someone has to deal with their affairs. This is called 'administering the estate'.
If the person who has died leaves a will
If the person who has died leaves a will, it will usually name one or more people to act as the executors of the will - that is, to administer their estate. If you are named as an executor of a will you may need to apply for a grant of probate.
A grant of probate is an official document which the executors may need to administer the estate. It is issued by a section of the court known as the probate registry.
If there is no will
If there is no will (known as dying intestate) the process is more complicated. An application for a grant of letters of administration (an official document, issued by the court, which allows administrators to administer the estate) will need to be made.The person to whom letters of administration is granted is known as the administrator. The administrator is the person who has the legal right to deal with the affairs of the person who has died, and is determined by a set order of priority.
The administrator will usually be a close relative of the person who has died, if there is one. There may be more than one person who has an equal right to do this. Your solicitor will be able to provide you with information on the set order of priority.
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