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Wills and Probate


Best Solicitor for Wills in Balsall Common, Kenilworth, Coventry, Solihull, Warwick, Warwickshire, West Midlands



At Sketchley Solicitors we have an experienced team of solicitors who specialise in all aspects of will making. We have specialised in this area of law since 1985 and offer nearly 40 years’ experience to our clients. We are members of the Law Society Private Client section and regularly review our clients wills to ensure that they remain fit for purpose and up to date with any new developments in the law. Being a small practice, we can ensure that we keep that personal service whilst remaining completely professional. We keep a digital database of our client’s wills and can supply copies to our clients at any time. We also store our clients wills in our fireproof safe and offer to register them with Certainty if required. We are also on hand to help your executors should they need it in the future.

How can Sketchley Solicitors help you decide on what you want in your will

You may already know what you want to do but may be struggling with the best way to do it to ensure that your beneficiaries receive their gift or share of your estate. You may want to save on paying Inheritance Tax but again don’t know if you can. There may be additional things that you haven’t even considered. We can help you with all of this in a relaxed but professional environment.

Questions which regularly arise include

  • Funeral arrangements
  • Caring for your animals after your death
  • Who will deal with your estate and ensure that it passes to your beneficiaries?
  • What assets do you have and do they have to go through the probate process?
  • How do you avoid payment of unnecessary inheritance tax (IHT)
  • Should you making a nomination so that an asset goes straight to a beneficiary without going through your estate, reducing IHT
  • Is insurance against IHT appropriate?
  • How do you claim any unused IHT nil rate band?
  • How do you make gifts of personal items or monetary gifts?
  • How do you deal with your business?
  • Should you consider a trust to protect your assets from claims? -Trusts involving tenants in common can be more tax efficient and may assist in protecting a share in your home should there be a means assessment for benefit claims or social care.
  • How do you set up a trust for a disabled person?
  • Can you make a gift to charity?
  • How do you protect a partner to whom you are not married?
  • How do you include a child who has been treated as your child but never formally adopted?
  • How do you protect a second partner whilst also protecting children from your first family- Usually couples share 50% in a family home or property which may automatically pass to the surviving partner. This may not be a suitable arrangement for everyone as each partner may wish to elect to leave their share to another family member

Why use a solicitor for drafting your will?

Having a solicitor draft your will ensures that it goes through the probate process more easily. You will avoid mistakes in drafting or execution which could invalidate it. There will also be far less chance of claims being made after your death that you were under duress or undue influence when you made the will or that you lacked capacity. You also want to avoid disagreements between potential beneficiaries and claims against your estate from disgruntled relatives as any such claims will greatly increase legal costs. However, in the unfortunate event of your estate becoming contested post death we can assist you.

Planning ahead for your family’s future is of paramount importance. You have worked hard for your assets and you are likely to be worth even more after you die, taking into account pensions and life assurance. Why leave it to chance? Make a will so that those you love will benefit and you will be safe in the knowledge that they will be cared for.

What happens if I don’t have a will?

If you die without a will your estate is dealt with under the intestacy rules – this may result in your estate passing to someone you don’t even like! Avoid this – talk to our team now on 01926 484488.

Making a will eases the stress for your relatives during a difficult period, setting out your clear instructions on how your estate should be dealt with and who should benefit from it. It reduces the likelihood of arguments following your death and will help to defeat unwelcome claims against your estate.

It is important to remember that you need a Will at any age – not just at the onset of a terminal illness or old age. A prudent person should have a will for that ‘just in case’ moment. Whilst we hope that your will shall not be needed for many years, planning now for your loved ones is always recommended. You should also consider making a Power of Attorney so that your loved ones can administer your affairs prior to your death if you can’t.

We can also help if you feel that a will is unfair, invalid, or just missing. Distribution of assets will be delayed until any such issues are resolved whilst clear and detailed drafting of your will by a professional solicitor minimises the risk of this happening.

We can arrange home, care home and hospital visits if you are unable to attend our office. We also offer unlimited free parking at our office in Honiley.

For an initial confidential chat please call us on 01926 484488. A professional and sympathetic member of the team will take your call and advise you generally as to the best way forward. Please note that we do not charge you for this first conversation.

Once we have taken some details from you, we will set up an appointment, either at our office or on line to see one of our specialist solicitors. Remember – don’t worry if you are unable to come to us as, dependant on your location, we may be able to offer a home visit.

Services We Offer

  • Advice in relation to inheritance tax – take out claims.
  • Applications for Grant of Probate
  • Contested Probate
  • Court of protection proceedings
  • Drafting and executions of wills
  • Letters of Administration
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Trusts

Process Overview

A professional, sympathetic and empathetic member of the team will take your call.  Once we some details we will set up an appointment to see one of our specialist solicitors.  Don’t worry if you are unable to come to us, we may be able to offer a home visit.  Often some

This is not one of those interviews where Lord Sugar says you’re fired at the end.  The interview process is where you disclose to our solicitor what it is exactly you need drafting or just to seek general legal advice.  Be completely frank and at ease, our solicitors are here to help not to judge (excuse the pun)! By being completely transparent can our solicitors formulate a strategy that best serves your interests and expectations.

When you leave the interview we want you to walk away knowing that you are in the best hands.  We are here to make a turbulent time less turbulent.

For a confidential and impartial chat please do not hesitate to speak to one of solicitors.


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Areas We Cover

We operate within the Coventry & Warwickshire region, offering consultancy nationwide in certain areas such as Employment law. We welcome to you come to down to our main offices in Honiley for an initial consultation, or alternatively contact us first so we can determine your case. Here is a breakdown of locations we cover:

  • Aston Cantlow
  • Balsall Common
  • Burton Green
  • Chadwick End
  • Knowle
  • Warwick
  • Clavadon
  • Dorridge
  • Hampton in Arden
  • Hatton
  • Kenilworth
  • Solihull
  • Lapworth
  • Leamington Spa
  • Meriden
  • Shirley
  • Coventry
  • Birmingham
  • Shrewley
  • Snitterfield
  • Stratford
  • Ullenhall
  • Westwood Heath

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