Everyone should make a Will. The consequences of not doing so can be serious for those concerned. You should not assume that all your assets will automatically pass to your surviving spouse or partner if you die without having made a Will.
Many people mistakenly consider they do not need a Will until they approach retirement age. It is especially important if you have a young family as your Will can be used to record who you wish to appoint as a Guardian for your children as well as to ensure financial provision is made for their future.
Clients often feel relieved to know that their wishes have been recorded in a Will and that their surviving family members have been taken care of.
It is important to regularly review your Will to ensure that it still meets your needs and reflects your wishes.
Wains can advise on all aspects of the preparation of Wills including the appointment of Executors. If requested, Wains can act as Executors.
Probate is the legal process that deals with the transfer of property and possessions owned by the deceased to their beneficiaries. Here at Wains we can aid in the valuation of an estate, complete the relevant HMRC forms and oaths, acquire the grant of representation and arrange to release the assets and settle any liabilities.
At Wains we understand that losing someone close is an especially emotional time and we are able to help guide you through the practicalities of the probate process. Probate work has a reputation for being a lengthy procedure. However, Wains will expedite the matter in a speedy and efficient manner so far as is possible and keep clients fully and regularly informed of the position as the matter proceeds.
Our team can assist in obtaining a Grant of Probate. This is in the form of a legal document that proves the person or persons named in it are entitled to collect in and distribute the monies or other assets of the deceased and may be produced to organisations such as banks, building societies, etc holding such assets. Where the deceased died without leaving a will the grant is referred to as letters of administration. We can also aid in the collection and distribution of assets and provide guidance on the related matters, such as a deed of variation.
We offer fixed pricing options for Probate services : Probate Fees
Lasting Power of Attorney - Property & Affairs / Personal Welfare
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a Legal document which enables another person to make, or help to make, decisions for you when you are no longer able to do so yourself. This gives you more control over what happens to you if you have an accident or illness and can no longer make your own decisions.
A Lasting Power of Attorney can be made to cover decisions about your Property and Finances, your Health and Welfare or both.
Wains can advise in relation to the preparation of a Lasting Power of Attorney. Including who you may wish to appoint to make decisions for you, how they should go about making decisions, when the Power of Attorney can be used and also the process for registration at the Office of the Public Guardian.