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

A professionally drafted Will ensures that your money and possessions go to the people you want to benefit – not, for example, to a previous spouse or partner. A Will can make it easier for those nearest and dearest to you to settle bills, deal with bank accounts and resolve other financial and business affairs.

If you have children you can stipulate named guardians for under-18s in the event that both parents die. If you do not have children or a spouse or partner, you may wish to nominate friends, carers or charities to benefit from the money and possessions which make up your estate – all groups which will not benefit if you do not have a Will?

Due to the changing nature of families, a Will isn’t just appropriate for a husband and wife with children. Unmarried partners and couples with children from previous relationships all require careful consideration to make sure wishes are fully considered and that the Will reflects those wishes to make sure everyone is provided for.

Although, by law, a Will does not have to be drawn up or witnessed by a solicitor there are many situations where a solicitor’s help is vital to help you understand complicated legal jargon and ensure that you do not make a costly and damaging mistake which leaves your loved ones without the care and protection they deserve.

How We Can Help

Else Solicitors is a company with vast experience in drawing up Wills for people who share a property with someone who is not their husband, wife or civil partner, have their own business, or own property overseas. Our role is to explain, in a friendly and understanding way, what the historic and sometimes antiquated language used in Wills means so that you can make informed decisions.

We offer a cost-effective, fixed fee service and we will store your signed and witnessed Will free of charge. We can also offer help and advice with updating your Will, inheritance disputes, inheritance tax planning and setting up trusts, or a lasting power of attorney in case you are ever unable to manage your own professional and financial affairs.

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.

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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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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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

Partner - Head of Wills & Probate

Myah is currently training to be a Paralegal within the Wills & Probate team and will complete her studies and become fully qualified in 2024.

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Myah Armstrong

Trainee Paralegal - 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.