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Wills, Trusts and Probate Matters

We understand that talking about your Will, or the affairs of a loved one who has just died, are unsettling. We’ve lots of experience in helping people in these situations, and we are here to listen, advise and help you in a straightforward and sensitive way.

We have lots of involvement in dealing with people’s affairs and sorting out complicated family or financial situations. Our Head of Department – Yvonne Carratt – is an Associate member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.

When it comes to our Will Writing Service, our fixed fee is the fee you pay. There are no nasty surprises and our fee includes the storage of your Will documents in our vaults.

Areas of Expertise

  • Contesting Wills, Will disputes and disputed probate cases.
  • Establishment of Trusts and severance of joint tenancy.
  • Inheritance Act claims – on behalf of spouse or partner of deceased, children of the deceased and people who were “maintained” by the deceased.
  • Later Life Planning – making arrangements to ensure wealth, property and any assets owned are protected.
  • Drafting of Wills and mirrored Wills.
  • Administration of estates.
  • Applications for a Grant of Probate.
  • Applying and/or acting as executor.
  • Estate administration including preparation of papers to apply for Grant of Probate.
  • Advising on trust-creation and administration.

Work Highlights

  • Creation of care home planning trust which protected an estate being absorbed into the payment of care home fees.
  • Represented a family in an international contentious probate case.

Our charges for Probate

  • We charge 2% plus VAT of the gross value of the estate in relation to handling probate on uncontested cases where all the assets are in the UK.
  • To obtain a basic Grant of Probate – our legal fees are £287.50 plus VAT – £345.00 including VAT. Court fees are £155.00 (no VAT). Total fees therefore amount to £500.00 

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What Our Clients Say…

“ I write now to thank you most sincerely not only for your superb service and your professional expertise but also for your understanding and patience”

“ I write now to thank you most sincerely not only for your superb service and your professional expertise but also for your understanding and patience”

“ I write now to thank you most sincerely not only for your superb service and your professional expertise but also for your understanding and patience”

“Extremely efficient…willing to find out the answers to my questions…personable – excellent!”

“Helpful and straightforward, made making our Wills an easy process.”

“Easy access. Quick appointment. Confidential meeting place. Procedures explained. Kept up-to-date.”

Speak to a specialist…

Yvonne Carratt

Yvonne Carratt

Director
Emily Lister

Emily Lister

Associate Member of the
Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

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