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Wills and Probate

It is never too early to make arrangements and manage your business affairs in the event of your death.  Making a Will now can save further heartache for your loved ones and stop any disputes arising between them ensuring that your affairs are managed exactly how you wished.

Our Probate lawyers provide a full Wills drafting service and are able to advise you on basic tax planning matters and Inheritance Tax and the various ways in which you can hold property to maximise your tax allowances.

We also offer an estate planning service and will ensure that any business that you own will also continue to be led by the people you have chosen.

Contact a member of our team today for advice including:

  • Wills
  • Inheritance and Will disputes
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Court of Protection Orders
  • Probate and Estate Administration

Do not put off making a Will. It is as important for young people to make a Will as it is for older people.  Do not assume that if you do not bother making a Will, your Wife or Husband will inherit everything. She or He may not and if the estate goes to other members of the family there may be Inheritance Tax to pay which could leave your spouse with financial difficulties.
There are many reasons to make or update your Will.  Questions to consider:

  • If you have a Will did you make it years ago when family and financial services were totally different and is it still relevant to your circumstances today?
  • Were you advised to make a discretionary Will in the past? The law has now changed and a discretionary Will might not now be what you need.
  • Do either or both of you have children from a previous marriage or relationship? If you do and you wish to ensure that both families ultimately receive a fair share of your joint assets on death then you need to have a professionally drawn Will prepared to achieve this.
  • Do either of you suffer from a disability or chronic health condition that might mean at some time in the future there is a foreseeable likelihood of one of you having to go into long term care? If so, a properly drawn Will should enable you to ensure that a significant part of your assets go to your children or other family members and not be tied up funding retirement home fees indefinitely.
  • Do you have a child with special needs and do you wish to set up a trust in your Will to ensure he or she is looked after and provided for.

As well as providing Will Services and preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney, we also provide specialist legal services on registering Enduring Powers of Attorney and on full applications to the Court of Protection where a person loses mental capacity but there is no Lasting Power of Attorney in place.

More and more people are now becoming proactive in terms of planning for their old age and we are happy to be part of that planning process. We work closely as a practice with the local branch of Age UK (formerly Age Concern) and we provide advice on Inheritance Tax issues, gifts of property, protecting the home and minimising residential home or nursing home fees.

Probate: Range of Costs

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter.

This is a two stage process.

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McCarthy Bennett Solicitors LLP
trading as MBH Solicitors

26, Bridgeman Terrace, Wigan WN1 1TD

01942 206060

01942 200505

Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. SRA No. 810716

This firm maintains professional indemnity insurance in accordance with the rules of the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Details of the insurers and the territorial coverage of the policy are available for inspection at our offices.