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Wills & Probate

Helping you prepare for the future

Making a Will is one of the most important legal tasks you’ll do and we can help ensure that when you die, your affairs will be managed exactly as you want.

Most Wills don’t need to be complicated and we offer fixed fees in most cases. You can call us to arrange a free interview where we’ll recommend what’s best for you before you pay a penny.

We can also tell you how the rules of intestacy would apply to you, or help you give someone the power of attorney to make important decisions for you in case you lose the physical or mental capacity to do so.

Also, if you’ve lost a loved one and have to act as an executor to go through the probate process, we can help make things as simple and stress-free as possible by providing a solicitor to handle things for you

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Making A Will

Writing a Will can be as simple as you need it to be. We’ll help to make things clear so that if you die or become incapacitated, things happen exactly the way you want.

Most people start with lots of questions, such as “what would happen if I died without a Will” and we’ve compiled a frequently asked questions page to answer some of these, but we also offer a free interview so you know what you need before you spend a penny.

Contact us now to arrange your free interview.

We offer:

  • Personal service – one person to deal with all your affairs from start to finish
  • Transparency – clear, fixed fees with no hidden costs
  • Basic Wills start at £168 including VAT
  • Home visits if based near our Wakefield office
  • Peace of mind

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Trusts

Whether set up as part of a Will or to be active in your lifetime, trusts are an increasingly popular way of leaving money to your loved ones – especially if you have children or are worried about inheritance tax.

There are many different types – bare trusts, parental trusts, charitable trusts, trusts for vulnerable people – and we’ll advise you on the best one for you.

Our solicitors have extensive experience arranging trusts as well as acting as trustees. Whether you require a trust for a disabled child, a trust relating to a property transaction or for any other reason, contact us to see how we could help.

Whatever trust-related service you need, call the team now on 0345 122 8064 or email the Wills and trusts team on wills@beaumont-legal.co.uk

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Power of Attorney

If you're worried that you'll be unable to make important decisions for yourself in future, then Power of Attorney can grant that responsibility to your most trusted loved ones.

This means nominating a person or group of people who you’d like to make decisions for you if something happens, such as being involved in an accident or simply becoming ill through old age.

It can relate to your health and welfare, ensuring that if something happens to you your most trusted people could make decisions for you on things such as medical care and life-sustaining treatment.

You can also nominate someone to officially act on your behalf on things such as collecting benefits, paying bills or selling your home if these have become too much for you.

Whatever you’d like, we’ll talk you through the Power of Attorney process and help you confirm it. Remember that you can call us to arrange a free chat before you decide on appointing an attorney – call the team on 0345 122 8064 or email the Wills and Power of Attorney team through wills@beaumont-legal.co.uk.

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Will Disputes

Every year across England and Wales, many Wills are contested and disputes arise when someone has died without a Will. People often need to find someone to help them with these claims, whether they are an executor or a beneficiary.

We have solicitors who specialise in litigation as well as Wills and probate, so we understand the situation from both sides and can put forward your case in the best way possible for the greatest chance of success.

Probate challenges can be extremely sensitive but we help you deal with them through every step of the court process.

If you’d like to discuss your situation free of charge, contact us now on 0345 122 8100 or request a callback.

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Wills & Probate FAQs

Now! Do you know what is going to happen tomorrow?

None of us do, that is why it’s essential to complete a Will as soon as possible and give yourself some peace of mind. The law will decide what happens to your finances and possessions otherwise.

A Will guarantees that you’re in control of what happens after you die… so don’t delay

Complications are inevitable if you die without a Will and your family could find that the situation you have left behind isn’t as simple as you might have hoped for.

The only way you stay in control of what happens when you die is to make a Will. Dying without a Will places your estate into the hands of the “rules of intestacy” and monetary values, marital status and family relationships in the eyes of the law are all then called into question. For example, everything doesn’t always automatically go to your wife, husband or children - if you’re not married (and even if you’ve lived with your partner for many years), your partner is unlikely to be entitled to any of your estate. The same rules apply to stepchildren you live with, as well as half-brothers and sisters.

If you’re unsure, and it can be a minefield, give us a call on 0345 122 8064 - or send an email to wills@beaumont-legal.co.uk - and we’ll clarify your position.

Not as much as you think!

The average cost of a Will is usually less than that of a TV license and we all have one of those! Most Wills are simple and will total less than £170, including VAT. Our basic cost is £140 - though more complicated Wills can add up to a little more than that.

It doesn’t cost anything to find out now, however, so call us today on 0345 122 8064 - or email wills@beaumont-legal.co.uk - to chat through your circumstances with no obligation.

Power of Attorney - which should be created while you are still mentally capable and before you need it - is a way of giving someone you trust the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf.

It’s a legal tool which becomes relevant if your mental or physical health declines and leaves you unable to make decisions or leave instructions regarding finances and/or your health and welfare.

Simply put, it’s a vital mechanism to put in place for you to always stay in control of your estate.

There are online services that offer wills but the problem is that if a solicitor isn’t involved then there’s more of a chance that the Will could be contested, meaning that it won’t necessarily do exactly what you want it to. We talk through your situation with you thoroughly and take additional notes which are kept on file indefinitely. If someone contests your Will after your death these notes help to explain why you did or didn’t make certain decisions in your Will.

Create your Will with us and it shouldn’t be contested.

However, in the unlikely event that it should happen, we will be on hand to make sure your wishes are explained when you are no longer able to speak for yourself, having been with you every step of the way during the creation of your Will.

We can update it for you!

It’s very easy: no matter what the change, big or small, we’re on hand to assist or advise on any amendments you may want to make.

That's the benefit of using a solicitor to create your Will: we're always on hand to change the legality of the document, to match the change in your circumstance.

Only if you want to guarantee it will carry out your wishes completely after you die.

Sure, straightforward Wills can be written without a solicitor - but there are a myriad of reasons why your Will might not be as simple as you think. For example, there are many rules to making your Will legal and many more come into play if you have a business or share a property with someone who isn’t your husband, wife or civil partner.

Getting advice from a solicitor is vital in ensuring your wishes are carried out when you’re no longer here to supervise. Give us a call on 0345 122 8064 or by emailing wills@beaumont-legal.co.uk to find out more today.

That’s entirely up to you, but we would recommend keeping it with a solicitor.

Some people keep it at home and others keep it in the bank - but one thing is certain, you should always tell your executor (the person you’ve chosen to carry out your will) where your Will is kept.

Why with a solicitor? Wills made with solicitors will be kept in safe storage and are often registered with an external agency so that your Will will always be accessible and your wishes carried out.

Probate is the official proving of a Will and the establishment of its legal validity.

In short, it’s a process we are able to put in place for you to deal with the estate of someone you love when they die. Often, a ‘grant of representation’ is required for you to sort out the affairs of someone who has just died - probate is a spoke on the wheel of us helping you to deal with said property, money or possessions.

Probate allows us to help you during tough times.

With knowledgeable advice and a friendly manner.

Beaumont Legal will guide you through Probate one step at a time and make sure you understand everything. Our process will simplify Probate for you and give you more time to focus on the emotional strains these difficult times to bring.

If you want us to handle the whole process, we will. If you want us to offer advice, we will. We’re here and happy to help take you through Probate step by step.

Contact our team and they’ll be happy to help – just call 0345 122 8064 or email wills@beaumont-legal.co.uk.

A trust enables you to instruct those you leave money to on how you wish it to be spent.

There are many kinds of trusts, so getting the advice of a solicitor is vital in picking the right one to suit the needs of your estate. Trusts are an increasingly popular way of leaving money to your loved ones – especially if you have children or are worried about inheritance tax. However, there are different types of trusts and they are all taxed differently.

Contact us today and find out if a trust is the right move for you and your family.

A trustee is the legal owner of the assets held in a trust.

It is worth remembering that a trustee can change, but the trust can always continue, so it is vital that your trustee (or trustees) is someone who will deal with your assets according to your wishes, and as set out in your Will. The trustee will also manage your trust, pay any tax due and then decide how to invest or use your trust’s assets, should you leave instructions for them to do so.

Who should you consider as a trustee? Give us a call on 0345 122 8064 or by emailing wills@beaumont-legal.co.uk to find out today.

Inheritance tax is a tax on your property, money and possessions when you die - but how and when it is paid, depends on the size of your estate.

The threshold for the 2016-17 tax year is £325,000 - meaning your estate won’t incur inheritance tax if it’s under this amount. Some things are exempt from inheritance tax, including wedding gifts, for example, and the amount of inheritance tax due can be reduced in many circumstances.

It can be complicated, but only a small percentage of estates are considered large enough to incur inheritance tax. Contact our team and they’ll be happy to help answer any questions you may have – just call 0345 122 8064 or email wills@beaumont-legal.co.uk.

A popular way of reducing inheritance tax is to make a gift to a loved one before you die - this means that getting advice from a solicitor is vital in helping you avoid several potential pitfalls in this area.

It’s true that making a gift to family and friends while you are still alive can be a good way of reducing the value of your estate for inheritance tax purposes, but it’s a complex area. There are questions relating to how much you can give to a spouse or civil partner tax-free, how much you can give to your children and family tax-free and potentially exempt transfers.

Be careful and get professional advice to help you and your recipients make the most of your gifts. Contact us now on 0345 122 8064 or by emailing wills@beaumont-legal.co.uk.

That often depends on the outcome of the dispute. But things are changing…

Defence claims have historically meant that the defendant does not have to ‘challenge’ the Will, forcing the case to go to court and the inheritor to cover the legal bills or be forced into settling a weak claim. However, a recent costs rule has sent a stark warning that if you wish to dispute a Will, you must be prepared to prove that you have good reason for opposing it or be prepared to pick up the legal costs (Elliott -v- Simmonds [2016] EWHC 962 (Ch)).

The answer isn’t an exact science, so speak to an expert before you make any decisions about a dispute.

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