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Wills and Probate

Wills & Probate

Sketchley Solicitors have an experienced team of solicitors who specialise in Wills and Probate Law. Planning ahead for your family’s future is of paramount importance, as this ensures that your wishes are carried out. If you fail to record your wishes, then you will be left to the statutory provisions, which may not always be what you want.

Preparing and planning a will can help ease the stress during a difficult period, as there will be clear instructions on how the estate should be administered. Alongside your will you may also want to appoint someone as a Power of Attorney. This will be needed in the event that you become incapable of making important decisions, due to illness or injury. It is important to remember that you don’t just make arrangement to see a solicitor to create a will on 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 diligently for you and your loved ones is always advocated and recommended.

There are other benefits to planning ahead such as Inheritance Tax (IHT) implications. The last thing you want to do is burden your loved ones with a large IHT bill in which the sale of property is needed to help pay for it.   We are on hand to advise on the most tax efficient ways to handle your estate to avoid any nasty surprises in the future to you and your loved ones.

The probate process can be complicated, with many practical issues that need to be handled, from paying outstanding bills to selling or transferring property. We can handle all of this on your behalf, making a difficult time a little easier.

We can also help if you feel that a will is unfair or invalid, or cannot be found. Assets can be delayed from being distributed until any issues are resolved. We can represent you to try and reach a more satisfactory outcome.

Also, our solicitors are well versed in helping you choose between the different types of trusts. You may prefer to protect your assets and hold them safely for future generations by having will trusts. Some of the more popular trusts we have set up are:

  • Funding Education for children or future generations
  • Preserve property for future generations
  • Preserve Land for future generations
  • Joint Tenants / Tenants in common

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. We can help with a tenants in common trust which may be a more suitable arrangement.

Trusts involving tenants in common can be more tax efficient and may assist in protecting a share in the property should it come under means assessment for the purpose of benefit claims or needs for social care.

We can arrange home, care home, hospital visits to suit your needs if you or a family member are unable to attend one of our offices. 

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

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.

Let’s Work Together

Get confidential, high quality and cost effective legal advice. At Sketchley Solicitors, we provide sustainable legal solutions that are tailored to your needs.

Get in touch with Sketchley Solicitors today. See what we can do for you.

Let’s Work Together

Get confidential, high quality and cost effective legal advice. At Sketchley Solicitors, we provide sustainable legal solutions that are tailored to your needs.

Get in touch with Sketchley Solicitors today. See what we can do for you.

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