A will is an essential legal document, allowing you to set out your wishes for when you pass away. However, far too many people don’t have a will, either because they feel they don’t need to worry about it yet, they don’t have enough assets to bother making a will, or they simply haven’t got round to it yet.
The problem with this is that failing to leave a will can make life much harder for your loved ones and runs the risk that your estate will not go to the people you would have intended. This can also be the case if you have made a will, but have not updated it to reflect any change in your circumstances, such as buying a house, getting married or divorced, or having children.
While there are many so called “DIY will kits” available, please bear in mind that even the smallest mistake or discrepancy in the way your will is written can create serious problems and heartache for those close to you. Getting the help of a professional wills and probate expert can ensure your wishes are clearly laid out and there is no room for errors or uncertainty that could cause problems when you are no longer around.
Book a fixed cost initial consultation with our will solicitors in Tenterden
We can also offer meetings by Skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.
How we can help you with your will & lifetime planning
Our wills, trusts and probate solicitors can:
- draft a will to your exact requirements;
- prepare a will at short notice, including at your hospital bed or over the telephone if you are abroad or suddenly become unwell
- apply to the Court of Protection for a statutory will on behalf of a relative who is unable to make a will in the normal way
- ensure the legal formalities needed to create a valid will are complied with
- take extra steps to ensure that everything is done properly where you have been diagnosed with deteriorating mental health
- prepare a letter of wishes to accompany your will to deal with matters like funeral arrangements and to explain any decisions that may come as a surprise to your family
- advise you on the best way to structure your affairs for tax planning to ensure you pay no more inheritance tax than necessary
- put in place arrangements for the protection of vulnerable beneficiaries, for example by setting up a trust
- create a deed of variation to change the terms of a will or the rules of intestacy to make provision for other relatives or to save tax
- the creation of a lasting power of attorney allowing you to appoint someone to manage your affairs if you become unable to do so yourself through deterioration of your mental or physical health.
Disputed wills & contentious probate
We also have a Litigation & Dispute Resolution team which is highly experienced in dealing with all types of contentious probate and inheritance disputes, including where there is conflict over a will or how probate is being dealt with by the executor or administrator of an estate.
Our wills & lifetime planning fees
Initial fixed fee appointment
We offer an initial 1 hour appointment to discuss your requirements from £180 inc VAT.
Fixed fee will writing
We offer fixed fees for straightforward wills, giving you certainty over the costs involved.
Hourly rates for wills & lifetime planning
For more complex matters, we will work to a pre-agreed hourly rate, so you can get exactly as much support as you need to resolve your matter.
Why choose Pengelly & Rylands for wills & lifetime planning?
Our Wills, Trusts and Probate team have many years of experience advising clients from a wide range of backgrounds in all aspects of lifetime planning and estate planning.
We can provide clear, practical advice that makes it straightforward for you to get the right legal measures in place to secure your affairs are taken care of, both during your lifetime and when you are no longer around.
Our team can also act as professional executors for your Will if required, making sure your estate is administered effectively when you pass away and minimising the stress on your loved ones.