Wills, trusts, tax and probate
Wills, trusts, tax and probate solicitors
We want to make the law concerning estate administration more accessible to our clients. If you have a question about wills, trusts, taxes or probate our leading solicitors are here to assist you.
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Wills, trusts, tax and probate
How can our solicitors help?
If you are thinking about writing a will or if you are the personal representative of an estate (I.e. an administrator or an executor) we can give you expert legal advice. Our services include:
Writing a will is important at whatever stage of life you’re at. Our wills solicitors are here to offer expert legal advice to guide you through the events and situations that may affect the contents of your will, whether it’s getting married, having children, getting divorced, or simply just to prepare you for later life.
Why do I need a solicitor to prepare my will?
It’s important to get expert legal advice from a wills solicitor. It can be complicated, and we can help spot any errors which may cause problems further down the line, but most importantly give guidance and support you through the process. It’s a lot easier to address potential issues now rather than after your death which may affect the value of your estate.
Why is a will important?
Regardless of how much money or assets you have its important to make a will so that you can decide how your possessions should be divided after you die. Our wills solicitors can help you detail and formalise this and give you expert advice.
What is a trust?
Trusts sit within your will depending on your circumstances and can vary, so it’s important to understand this. We can help work out which one if any is right for you and talk you through your options.
What about tax?
Depending on the value of your estate there may or may not be tax to be paid. Slater and Gordon can outline the details for you and give advice on how this works.
What is probate?
Probate is simply the process of applying for permission to administer a will when someone has passed away. We will handle this process for you and keep you informed every step of the way.
What is an administrator of an estate?
The administrator or executor is responsible for collecting assets, paying any estate liabilities from estate funds, paying any legacies as per the deceased's will and distributing the residue of the estate as per the will or the rules of intestacy if no will is available. The difference between an executor and an administrator is the following:
- Executor: Appointed by the deceased person in their will.
- Administrator: Appointed by court according to the relationship status to the deceased person. An administrator appointed by court is necessary, if the deceased person did not appoint an executor or if the executor is unwilling or unable to act or the estate is an 'interstate' estate as no will is available.
Very pleased with the service I received from Slater and Gordon. All actions required were carried out in a sympathetic and efficient manner. Clarification of requirements were indicated in a clear and precise detail with good communication. Mr S, Lancashire (wills, trusts & probate case)
My lawyer was very helpful at all stages of the process. She explained things clearly and was very flexible and helpful in dealing with my challenging personal circumstances. I would highly recommend. Ms G, Lancashire (wills, trusts & probate case)
I am thrilled with how fast my Grant of Probate was dealt with and how lovely everyone was. I would highly recommend their services. Mrs E, Manchester (wills, trusts & probate case)