What does Estate Planning involve?

Estate Planning is a catch all term for putting your affairs in order as you plan for later life, or the end of your life.

It covers everything from establishing who you would like to have as an Attorney if you lose mental capacity; to storing your original property and estate documents somewhere safe and accessible for your Executors; to working out who should benefit under your Will and how best to plan in order to limit Inheritance Tax liabilities.

All the services we offer contribute to the proper planning of your estate.

We can set up trusts to facilitate tax efficient gifts, we can draw up your Will, we can advise you about planning and paying for long term care, or help you to secure the best fit pre-paid funeral plan to ensure your wishes are met in this respect.

But I don’t need to think about this yet, I’m too…

…young? confused? upset by thinking about it? busy keeping on top of life?

We know!  But here’s why it’s really important to plan.

Accidents and illness do happen.  If something causes you to lose your mental capacity, and you are no longer able to communicate with your treating doctors or have a say in how you are cared for and where you live, you want to know that someone you trust will be in charge.  For this reason, Lasting Powers of Attorney are really important, in delegating your ‘voice’ to that person. If you have not done this yourself, the Court will make the appointment instead.

In relation to medical care, you can also state your wishes in relation to life prolonging treatment by writing an Advance Decision.  You can use an Advance Statement to record your wishes about ongoing personal care and where you would like to live, in case you lose capacity to communicate these views.

When life comes to an end, our money and possessions, however little, can only be shared out in accordance with our wishes if we have written a Will.  If there’s no Will, they are distributed according to the Intestacy Rules. These are set out by the Government and those you love have no power to change these Rules.

You may want to use your Will to state who will care for your children, how much of your money they should inherit and when.  In circumstances where a child under 18 loses their parents, the Court decides who will look after them and the Court controls their inheritance until they are 18.

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Costs

Fixed fees are listed on the service pages where they apply. Some of our work requires us to understand your requirements before we can provide a cost estimate.

Please contact us by email or telephone to discuss your estate planning aims and needs.  We will provide a cost estimate before commencing our work for you.

Probate fees increase scrapped

In recent weeks the government has confirmed that the restructure has been abandoned, and probate fees will remain unchanged. We have more information about the probate process in our online Guide to the Administration of an Estate.

Two Stepsisters; One Inheritance Dispute

Do you remember the recent case in the news of two stepsisters fighting over their inheritance? Tragically, when Mr and Mrs Scarle died, their bodies were not discovered for several days. When they were found, it was not clear who had died first.This became an issue when their estates were being dealt with, and here’s why.

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