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Around two thirds of UK adults don’t have a Will and around a third die without leaving one. This means that their wishes may not be respected after they are gone and can create a confusing and stressful situation for their loved ones.
Our highly experienced Wills and probate solicitors in Chichester take a sensitive but practical approach to helping you plan for the future of your estate after you are gone, as well as helping families to deal with the estate of a loved one who has passed away.
We aim to make our Wills and probate service as simple and easy to access as possible, so are happy to visit you in your home, nursing home or at hospital at your convenience. We will make sure to explain your options in plain English so that you are absolutely clear about how your affairs are being handled.
We are an accredited member of the Law Society’s Will and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) and our team includes members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). This means we adhere to the strictest standards when preparing Wills and handling estates, so you can be assured that we are providing the very best service possible.
Speak to one of our expert Wills and probate solicitors in Chichester by calling 01243 787899 or use the contact form on the right to ask us a question and get a quick response.
Our Wills & probate services in Chichester
We offer a comprehensive Wills, probate and estate planning service for clients in Chichester and throughout West Sussex and South East England.
Our Wills solicitors in Chichester can help you create a valid Will that ensures your wishes are respected after you are gone, while making the probate process as straightforward and stress-free as possible for your loved ones. We can also advise you on planning your affairs to take full advantages of inheritance tax exemptions and thresholds.
Our Chichester probate solicitors can support you when acting as the executor of a Will, as well as acting as professional executors if required. We can help you to navigate the often complex probate process, including obtaining probate or letters of administration, establishing the value of the estate and dealing with inheritance tax, debts and other expenses.
Our trust lawyers can help you create trusts for a variety of situations, so you can ensure that your loved ones are taken care of for the future. This includes making arrangements for looking after vulnerable or otherwise dependent family members, protecting family assets and ring-fencing compensation from personal injury claims.
Our estate management team can advise you on efficiently planning your affairs to minimise the amount of inheritance tax that will be payable on your estate after your death. This includes creating a Will or amended your existing Will to take full advantages of all of the available exemptions and your inheritance tax threshold.
We can also help you explore options such as making gifts, creating trusts and the use of pensions. We can also advise you on issues related to capital gains tax, income tax and stamp duty.
Changing ownership arrangements
If you own a property jointly with someone else, this can have implications if one of you passes away. For married couples, the deceased’s share will normally pass straight to their surviving spouse, but where you are not married, or where there are other considerations, we can help you put in place arrangements to ensure each person’s share of the property will be disposed of according to their wishes.
Powers of attorney
There are a number of situations in which it can become necessary to appoint someone else to act on your behalf to manage your affairs, including dealing with your finances and making medical decisions for you. Our solicitors can help you create a power of attorney allowing one or more trusted friend or relation to take control of your affairs and ensure your wellbeing and best interests are protected.
Court of protection
Where a loved one no longer has capacity to manage their own affairs and has not created a power of attorney, we can help you apply to the Court of Protection to obtain the power to manage their affairs. We can help you determine if this is the appropriate solution, as well as preparing your application and advising you on your duties once you are appointed.
Where there is a dispute over probate, we can advise you on your options and help you find the fastest, most cost-effective resolution available. Whether you need to challenge a Will, defend against a challenge or require representation during intestacy proceedings, we have the expertise to ensure a fair outcome that protects your interests.
Elderly & vulnerable people
Our solicitors are highly experienced in supporting elderly and vulnerable people with all issues related to Wills, probate and estate management. We can also support you with general elderly advice, lasting powers of attorney, deputyship and court of protection work, whether for yourself or a loved one.
Why choose Glanvilles’ Wills & probate lawyers in Chichester?
Our Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning solicitors offer a professional, caring and sympathetic service. We aim to make planning for the future of your family and estate as easy as possible and to take the stress and confusion out of dealing with the issues surrounding the death of a loved one.
When you use our Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning service, we promise:
Our team includes members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and members of the Probate Section of the Law Society, meaning your case will be handled according to the strictest standards. We have achieved the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation, marking the excellence of our practice management and client care.
Get in touch with our Chichester Wills & probate solicitors
Need help with a Will or probate? Contact our expert Wills and probate solicitors in Chichester by calling 01243 787899 or use the contact form above and we will get back to you quickly.