Creating a will is the only sure fire way you can be secure in the knowledge that when you die your wishes will be adhered to. This ranges from matters involving your finances, property, businesses, children and end of life are to name a few. If you do not have a will, upon your death everything will be subject to the rules of intestacy and only certain people will be entitled to receive anything and even that may not be as you would wish it to be.
There are several legal formalities that will need to be completed in the creation of a will which our expert Private Client solicitors can guide you through. If you have been diagnosed with a progressive mental ill ness such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia, additional checks will need to be made to verify your mental capacity at the time of making your will. This is to ensure that any decisions outlined in your will are made with your full understanding.
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 Maidstone, Gravesend, Chatham 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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Call us on 01622 673081 if you need our help. Alternatively complete our Contact Us form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.