Probate

The death of a loved one is always a difficult time, but if it is followed by responsibility for dealing with estate administration and probate, it can be even more stressful and upsetting.

Each mirror Will can include instructions that if both parents die at the same time, both estates will be left to any surviving children. Guardians, who will look after any children aged under 18, can also be specified in mirror Wills in the event that both parents die.

If the couple have no children then their money and possessions can be left to another beneficiary named in both Wills.

Usually, the partners are the sole beneficiary in each other’s mirror Will and are also each other’s Executor. Additional Executors should also be named in case both partners die at the same time. In this case the additional Executor may be another family member, a close friend or a trusted professional adviser. Each partner can choose the same, or different Executors.

How We Can Help

If you think mirror Wills would suit your needs, you can call or email the Else Solicitors’ Wills team and book an initial free meeting to discuss any questions.

We can expertly draft your mirror Wills for a fixed fee. Once you are happy with the Wills, or you have made any amendments, you can make an appointment to come in and sign your Wills which we can then store securely, free of charge, for you. You can then be sure that your loved ones are protected if the worst happens.

We can advise on the updating of Wills if your circumstances change. Our team also has extensive knowledge and experience in setting up powers of attorney and trusts, where a group of Trustees would protect and control your assets on behalf of beneficiaries such as children who are under 18, or who suffer with a disability.

To discuss how we can help you make a Will that meets your particular requirements, please contact Kathryn Caple on 01283 526230 or email kathryn.caple@elselaw.co.uk.

SRA Transparency Rules: Probate Process & Charges

What are the SRA Transparency Rules?
The SRA Transparency Rules set out the information that SRA authorised firms should make available to clients and potential clients and form part of the Better Information, more choice: Post consultation rules. The rules aim to ensure people have accurate and relevant information about a solicitor or firm when they are considering purchasing legal services and will help members of the public and small businesses make informed choices, improving competition in the legal market.

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Making A Will

Many people who fail to make a Will are probably unaware of the stressful situation they create for those they leave behind.


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Updating A Will

Once you have made a Will it is vital that you keep it up to date and change it to reflect any major lifestyle changes.


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Inheritance Tax Advice

If you leave an estate valued at more than £325,000, your estate may have to pay inheritance tax at 40% on anything above that figure.


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Court Of Protection – Deputyship

The Court of Protection can appoint a Deputy when someone loses the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.


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Trusts

A trust is a formal way of giving a group of people (known as Trustees) authority to hold and manage assets.


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Lasting Power Of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to appoint someone – or more than one person – that you know and trust to make decisions about your welfare, money or property.


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Probate

The death of a loved one is always a difficult time, but if it is followed by responsibility for dealing with estate administration and probate, it can be even more stressful and upsetting.


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Mirror Wills

Mirror Wills can be used when a husband and wife, or an unmarried couple, want to create virtually identical Wills that leave their estate to each other in the event of the other’s death.


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Contesting a Will & Probate

The death of a loved one is always a difficult and traumatic time. Many things need to be organised and done all at a time when you are grieving. This is a very stressful time for you, your family and your loved ones.


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Kathryn specialises in and heads up Wills and Probate. Kathryn has been working as a private client solicitor since qualification and is also a member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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Kathryn Caple

Associate - Head of Wills & Probate

How can we help?

Get in touch.

We build productive, long-term relationships, with our clients and their families. By listening to you and examining your individual circumstances, we strive to establish a deep understanding of your situation and needs.

If you would like to discuss your situation with one of our Will solicitors contact 01283 526200. Alternatively, you can email info@elselaw.co.uk and we will get in touch at a time that suits you.