What our Trusts, Wills and Probate solicitors can help you with
Trusts can benefit you and your loved ones, and with our help and support you can set up the type that suits your needs with the least amount of stress.
A Trust is a way for you to manage your assets and pass on money to loved ones in a way that is tax efficient for you and them. Your assets include any land or buildings you own, investments you have made, as well as your money.
There are a number of reasons you might want to set up a Trust fund, including to control and protect shared family assets, to pass on assets after you die, or to financially protect someone who is too young to handle their own affairs.
We can give you the assistance and support you require to establish a Trust that meets your needs. However complex or simple your circumstances are, our team can help.
Our Wills team can offer an expert Will writing service tailored to you. We can help you establish what type of Will best suits your situation, and will be there for you throughout the drafting process should you have questions.
A Will is a legally binding document in which you state what you would like to happen to your money, possessions, property and investments after you’ve passed.
Not only does writing a Will make certain that your wishes are documented, but it also gives your loved ones financial protection for after you’ve gone.
A Will can also determine what will happen to any young children you have in the event of your death. This often means appointing legal guardians to care for them.
Whether your circumstances are straightforward or a little complicated, our Wills solicitors can help you draft a watertight document. We take the stress away from writing your Will, and are there to support you when you need us.
Our expert Probate solicitors know that the idea of Probate can seem daunting and confusing to many people, which is why we’re here to help. We’ll be here by your side, supporting you when you need us to.
Probate is the legal and financial process of dealing with your assets after you pass away. It is something that may have to be applied for by your next of kin or whoever is given responsibility in your Will before they can claim, transfer, sell or distribute any assets.
There are multiple phases to the Probate process, and it can often get very confusing. With the help of a specialist Probate solicitor your family will be able to avoid making mistakes that could leave you in a difficult situation regarding your loved one’s assets.
Don’t let yourself get stressed out about Trusts, Wills and Probate – leave it to us. With our support, you’ll be able to focus on grieving for your loved one and healing with your family.
Deed of Variation
Here at AWH we understand that sometimes there should be changes made to a person’s Will after they’ve passed away. The document may not best reflect their wishes, or may have left an important person out by mistake. We can help you in your application to make a change to your loved one’s Will, and can support you through the process.
Through a ‘Deed of Variation’, it is possible to make changes to your loved one’s Will after they have passed away, as long as any people who were left assets in the Will agree to the changes.
There are a range of requirements that must be met when constructing a Deed of Variation. If these requirements are not met, the changes may not be legal and could end up having a detrimental effect on your family.
Like Probate, a Deed of Variation can become very complex very quickly. To avoid issues arising, seek the help and guidance from a specialist solicitor when attempting to make changes to a Will after they have passed.
With our team by your side, applying for a Deed of Variation will be as stress-free as possible. Our Trusts, Wills and Probate team understand that making changes to a Will can be a sensitive subject for some, which is why we approach every situation carefully, taking time to get to know each client’s personal circumstances.
We understand that you may feel unsure of what happens if your loved one dies without a Will and how it could affect you and your family. That’s why we’re here to help, and to help you understand what happens next.
If your loved one passes without leaving a Will, their estate must be shared out according to the rules of intestacy. Under the rules, only married or civil partners and some other very close relatives are allowed to inherit any part of a person’s estate. The rules of intestacy will also apply if your loved ones makes a Will that is not legally valid.
We know that it may seem very complicated, but you don’t have to worry. If your loved one has died without a legally valid Will, our expert Wills solicitors can help you understand your next steps and support you in taking them.
Inheritance Tax can be a confusing topic for many. If you’re struggling, let us help you. Our Probate and Inheritance Tax solicitors have years of experience dealing with Inheritance Tax, and are ready to help you.
Inheritance Tax is the tax that is applied to property, money and possessions after you pass away. There are instances in which there is no Inheritance Tax to pay, but this depends on your loved one’s circumstances before they die. How much Inheritance Tax you have to pay will depend on how much your loved one’s estate was worth at the time of their death.
Dealing with Inheritance Tax can seem overwhelming, however with our team by your side you don’t need to stress.
Our Trusts, Wills and Probate solicitors can help you
Here at AWH we understand that the last thing a family needs after a loved one’s death is to deal with the stress of having to make arrangements for the loved one’s estate. That’s why we’re here to lend a helping hand and take most of the pressure off the family.
Our Trusts, Wills and Probate solicitors offer services from Will writing to setting up a Trust fund, and from drafting Deeds of Variations to guiding families through the entire Probate process. We know that it isn’t pleasant to think about your own death, but organising what will happen to your assets after your passing can be a great relief and can help avoid arguments later down the line.
Getting started with our Trusts, Wills and Probate services
When it comes to the passing of a close family member, we understand that your whole life could be flipped upside down. You’ll be busy with thoughts about the funeral and tying up loose ends, whilst also trying to comfort your family. That’s why we want to support you in the way you need.
With our expert team by your side you’ll be able to focus on spending time with your family, so you can leave the work to us and focus on healing.
Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!
- Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
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- Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
- We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
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