Wills and Probate
Making a Will
Preparing a Will
For your complete peace of mind
Lasting Power of Attorney
Why Make A Will with us?
- Our specialist solicitors offer professional and cost efficient advice on planning for your future.
- To dispose of your assets as you wish
- To choose your own Executors
- To plan for any tax consequences
- To avoid family disputes
- To make gifts to family, friends or charities
- To avoid the operation of Intestacy Rules, which could pass property to people you would not wish to benefit
- To make specific provision for funeral arrangements
A Will is an important legal document which sets out how you want your assets to be distributed after your death. It also names the people you want to carry out these instructions (your Executors).
If you die without making a Will, have no spouse or civil partner and nor do you have children, then everything you have will be divided equally between surviving relatives. Only a spouse or blood relatives (or adopted persons) can benefit under the latest rules. Where there are no surviving relatives the entire estate goes to the Crown.
Preparing to see a Solicitor
It is important that you have a clear idea of the extent of your assets and those to whom you wish to leave them. We suggest that you use the following check list:-
- List the main assets and their estimated value
- Identify any property held jointly with someone else
- Identify those members of your family or other dependants for whom you wish to make financial provision
- Decide who you you would like to carry out your wishes after your death and, check to ensure with them that they are willing to undertake this task. Ensure that you have their full names and correct address
- Identify any person or organisation to whom you wish to make a specific gift i.e. of personal possessions
- Decide what you want to happen to the remainder of your assets once your debts, funeral expenses and legacies have been paid
The Certainty National Will Register
You can register your Will with the Certainty National Will Register and Will search service. This means your family can find your Will quickly and easily when the time comes. You can register your existing Will or a new Will. Certainty records the location of your Will not the actual Will itself.
Please advise a member of our team who will be happy to do this for you. For more information click on the link below.
For more information on making or amending your Will
Please call our Northampton office on:
and ask for Howard Green or Emily Carrington
or our Kettering office on:
and ask for Susan Owens