Wills

Around 60% of people die without a will. The law refers to this as ‘intestacy’ and applies its own rules as to who should inherit the estate – a “one size fits all” approach. Sometimes this leads to an appropriate outcome. But often the results are unexpected, and not at all what the person who’s passed away (or his or her loved ones) would have anticipated. Our will solicitors can help.

It might be time to start thinking about making a will. Our team of specialists can help you make sure that your assets go to those you intend. That’s important in all cases – but especially so with the increasing number of second relationships where there might be a spouse or partner, and the children from a previous relationship. Wills can also be used to defer payment or reduce the amount of inheritance tax payable on death.

When it comes to living wills, people have very different personal views on how they’d like to be medically treated if they’re no longer able to tell the professionals caring for them. You may want to leave directions to your next of kin about your treatment in these circumstances. Or you might want to specify a friend or relative who you trust to make these difficult decisions on your behalf. A living will can be an important personal planning document – and we can help you prepare one that reflects what you want.

Andy Coyle, Director Head of Wills, Probate & Life Planning and lead guitarist.

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