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If you die without a valid Will, your estate will be distributed by the rules of intestacy in force at that time. As a result, your property, investments, assets and belongings may not be shared as you would wish and you can leave your loved ones facing a difficult probate process.
Glanvilles has a dedicated Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning team in each of our offices, meaning our specialist expertise is easily accessible to clients across Hampshire and West Sussex. Our Wills solicitors have extensive experience creating Wills for a wide range of people, covering the simplest to the most complex estates and circumstances.
Glanvilles Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning team can help you prioritise matters and draw your attention to questions you might otherwise overlook. For example, we can advise you on how to take full advantage of available inheritance tax exemptions and thresholds (the nil rate band). Other factors to consider may also include if you have remarried, run your own business, own a share in a partnership or private company or have assets abroad.
If you need a Will created or updated, advice on estate planning, help with Will disputes or are interested in having us act as professional Executors for you, we will be happy to discuss your requirements and our fees with you.
We offer friendly, reliable legal advice for creating a Will and all other issues related to Wills and inheritance law in Chichester, Fareham and Havant, as well as throughout West Sussex, Hampshire and South East England.
Your Will need to meet a number of conditions to be legally valid and minimise the risk of any disputes between your loved ones after you pass away. We can ensure that your Will meets the necessary conditions and that all of the relevant issues are considered so you can be confident your wishes will be carried out and our loved ones looked after.
If your circumstances change, it is important to update your Will as soon as possible. This is commonly required if, for example, you get married or divorced, have children, start or buy a business or there are other significant changes to your estate that need to be accounted for.
Depending on the complexity of your estate and the needs of your dependants, working out exactly what provisions are needed for the future of your estate can be a challenge. We can advise you on all of the relevant issues, including your inheritance tax liability, creating trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney and any other issues you need to consider.
Many people like the reassurance of naming a solicitor as one of the Executors of their Will as this means they can be confident that all of the appropriate processes and legal issues will be correctly dealt with. This can also make the probate process much easier for the beneficiaries of the Will during the probate process.
Glanvilles’ Wills solicitors are able to act as professional Executors in appropriate cases, so if you are interested in this service, please mention this to us when we are creating or updating your Will.
Disputes over the contents of a Will can be difficult to resolve, often costing a lot of time and money if not handled correctly. We can advise you on the most effective way to resolve Will disputes with our focus being on avoiding court action wherever possible. By using methods such as negotiation and mediation, it is usually possible to resolve inheritance disputes quickly and cost-effectively without going to court.
Our Wills solicitors offer a professional, caring service designed to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for you to make sure your wishes for your estate are carried out and your loved ones are taken care of.
We will talk you through all the relevant issues and your options in plain English and are committed to making our service as accessible as possible, so are happy to visit you in your home, hospital or a nursing home where required.
Alongside our own legal expertise, we also have strong connections with a range of other professional advisors, including accountants and financial advisers, so can help to ensure all of the relevant issues are considered and accounted for.
We are accredited members of the Law Society's Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). Our team includes members of the Probate Section of the Law Society and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, reflecting our particular expertise in this area of the law.
As members of STEP we adhere to the STEP Code for Will Preparation in England & Wales. Please visit step.org/step-will-code to find out more about the code.
Need help creating or updating a Will, planning for the future of your estate, resolving a Will dispute or with any other issue related to Wills and inheritance? Our highly experienced Wills solicitors are here for you.