Wills & Probate

Morrison Spowart Wills and Probate department

MAKING A WILL
Making a will is important if you want to make sure that your wishes are carried out when you die. If you don’t make a will, your estate will be distributed under the Intestacy Rules which may lead to your property and assets being shared out in a way you would not have wished. By making a will you can appoint the guardian of your choice for your children in the event that the other parent is unable to do so. And by preparing a will you can set out your preferred funeral arrangements.

Now may be the time to make a new will if you have recently been divorced or are planning to re-marry or if you simply want to update your existing will in order to add or change beneficiaries. For a married couple, mutual wills may be the right thing for you

Morrison Spowart Solicitors offer easy to understand advice and, if you require it, home visits to take your instructions for a will and to have your completed will signed and can prepare a will for you at reasonable cost so that your wishes can be carried out – you need only contact us by phone or email as set out above.

ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES
In addition to the drafting of Wills Morrison Spowart solicitors offer a full probate service. When someone dies, there is usually a need to obtain a grant of probate in order that the assets can be realised, debts paid and the estate distributed according to the deceased’s instructions (if they have made a will or) according to the Intestacy Rules which set out how an estate is to be distributed if they have not.

The process of administering the estate can be complex and confusing. Morrison Spowart solicitors is able to assist constructively and compassionately and to offer a comprehensive probate service at competitive hourly fee.

LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY
Have you ever considered who would manage your affairs or make decisions about your health and well being if you became mentally incapacitated and unable to make decisions of your own. A lasting power of attorney giving someone whom you trust the power to make decisions on your behalf in that eventuality may be the right step for you and can give you peace of mind. This can be tailor made for you so that the power is limited where appropriate to ensure that you decide the extent of the attorney’s powers.

COURT OF PROTECTION
In cases where someone close to you has already lost their mental capacity to make decisions, we can give specialist advice and, if appropriate make an application to the Court of Protection on your behalf for a Deputy to be appointed by the Court to manage that person’s affairs. This could be you or another family member willing to undertake this. Legal aid is not available for this but we will provide a written estimate of our costs.

CLAIMS AGAINST ESTATES
When someone has died and has not made provision in their will for a person dependent on them at the date of their death – it may be that a claim can be made under the Inheritance Act against that person’s estate – this requires specialist advice which we are able to offer. If you think this situation could apply to you please contact us now for advice.

DISPUTED WILLS
This is a complex area which covers the circumstances in which the person making the will did not have the mental capacity to do so or perhaps where he or she was under the undue influence of someone else when they made the will – we can give specialist advice when these issues arise.

Morrison Spowart solicitors offer a wills and probate service at very competitive rates.

If you would like to speak to one of our specialist solicitors about any of the above please contact Owen Dignan on 0208 698 9200 or email enquiries@morrisonspowart.com.

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