Trusts & Wills

The Advantages of Setting up a Family Trust A family trust is still one of the best ways to protect your assets, (especially the family home) or put aside funds for your family’s future.  However, the law of trusts can be complex; therefore, it is imperative to engage an experienced solicitor to set up your trust and ensure you understand the responsibilities a family trust entails. more
What Happens If I Die Without A Will? Despite the old saying, the only sure things in life are death and taxes; over half the UK population have failed to draft a will. Most people are unaware of how dire the consequences of dying without a will, (or dying intestate as it is legally known) can be.  For example, if you are separated from your spouse but not yet divorced, if you die without a will, they will be entitled to make a claim on your estate. So what happens if your die intestate?  Continue reading to find out. more
How to Organise Lasting Power of Attorney We all assume that our minds will stay sharp and healthy as we age.  Unfortunately, as we continue to live longer lives, the chances of developing dementia or some other mentally degenerative disease are bound to increase.  As of 2015 there are an estimated 46.8 million living with dementia worldwide and this is expected to increase to 131.5 million by 2050.  If you develop this disease or lose your mental capacity in some other way; for example through injury or another type of illness, someone else will need to look after your personal and financial affairs. more
How to Obtain Probate When a person dies they usually leave behind an estate (assets, money and/or property) and, hopefully a will. more
How to Organise a Will Research shows that less than half of the UK population has a will. However, if you die without having a will (known as dying intestate) then the consequences can be dire for your surviving family members. more
What to do After Someone Dies A loved one dying is a devastating experience, regardless of whether it was expected or not. It can be difficult to think about the legal requirements you need to fulfil in the days following the death, so this guide is designed to explain the process step by step, so it is one less thing you have to think about at such a trying time. more
How to Claim Life Insurance After Someone Dies The death of a loved one is one of the most stressful events a person can face in their lifetime. One of the biggest administrative burdens one must cope with upon the death of a relative is the claiming of life insurance. This short guide is designed to explain the steps you need to take to make a claim and what to do if your insurer will not pay out. more

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