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Wills & Probate

 

A Will is the best way of making sure your partner and children will be provided for in the event of your death.

Writing a Will is the sort of job which is easy to put off, but it’s one of the most important things you can do. So, don’t put it off any longer, contact one of Lanyon Bowdler’s friendly and approachable Wills and Probate Solicitors who can help make sure that your savings and assets go to the right people.

Why do I need a Will?

Whatever your age, wealth or marital situation, writing a Will is incredibly important.

People often assume that their partner, children or grandchildren will automatically inherit their estate when they die - but it is seldom as simple as that.

Things get a bit more complicated if there has been a divorce in the family, and if you are not married or in a civil partnership, your partner may not end up with anything.

Remember - making a Will protects your wishes and avoids any disputes in the future.

Writing a Will is also an important part of inheritance tax planning, helping to ensure you don’t pay any more inheritance tax than you need to.


The main things your Will should set out are:

  • who you want to give your money and assets to, and how they will be divided between the relevant people
  • who should look after your children if they are under the age of 18
  • who you want to be in charge of sorting out your estate and carrying out your wishes after your death (your executor)
  • and what would happen if the people you have named as beneficiaries in your Will die before you

Our Wills and Probate Lawyers are experts in their field and will guide you through the whole process from start to finish.

How much does a Will cost?

The cost of legal advice should not prevent you from getting your affairs in order, so we offer a range of pricing options - including fixed fees so you know how much everything will cost from the outset.

Probate

Whereas a Will is a legal document that sets out the wishes of the deceased, probate is the process of executing the Will according to those wishes. Probate involves organising the distribution of money and assets after paying debts and inheritance tax where necessary.

If you do not obtain Grant of Probate when someone dies, it will not be possible to legally transfer the deceased person's finances and property to the beneficiaries. In short, the beneficiaries will not be able to inherit what was intended for them.

Probate may not be required if the person who died jointly owned the property, shares or money.

Every situation is unique. Everyone deserves carefully delivered advice tailored to their own particular circumstances. The Wills and Probate team at Lanyon Bowdler bring a wealth of experience and a high level of attention to detail to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved for you and your family during this sensitive time.

Our Wills and Probate Solicitors are experts in their field and will guide you through the whole process from start to finish.

Legal 500 & Chambers UK Recommendations

The Wills, Trusts and Administration of Estates team is recognised in Tier Two for the West Midlands in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500, stating "Lanyon Bowdler has extensive experience of advising on trusts, estate planning and administration as well as on powers of attorney, tax planning and contentious probate matters."

"The practice now has a dedicated trusts team that deals exclusively with trusts matters. Edward Rees is the main contact for this type of work. Overall Ludlow-based Giles Scott is at the helm. Scott, who is a member of STEP, concentrates on trusts, wills, inheritance tax planning and the administration of high-value estates. He is also adept at advising on powers of attorney and frequently acts as a professional deputy and trustee. Associate solicitor Neil Davies is another important member of the practice and heads up its Court of Protection department."

The team is also listed in Band 1 in the 2021 edition of Chambers UK's High Net Worth Directory.

The 2021 edition of Chambers UK's High Net Worth Guide states: Lanyon Bowdler is a "well-established team dedicated to serving wealthy individuals and families on an array of contentious and non-contentious private client matters. The group has particular experience in Court of Protection work, with one market commentator noting: "I can honestly say I think they're super-professional and they certainly look after their clients very well."

Another industry source reports: "It is well run, efficient and able to adapt to any changes or issues which arise, both for counsel receiving instructions and also for clients." The source continues: "The firm is adaptive and able to react to clients’ needs and the differing levels of support required in litigation at all levels, from simple probate actions to those with an international element or complicated points of law."

The directory also states: "Edward Rees is a Telford-based practitioner who advises high net worth clients in relation to wills, tax planning, estate administration and trust matters. One client compliments him for his "good advice as well as his efficient and speedy service."

A market insider from a previous edition states that this "full-service firm is recognised in Shrewsbury in many practice areas."The private client team advises clients on Wills, trusts and the administration of estates, and is considered to be "very strong on Court of Protection work."

A source from a previous edition praises the team for being "responsive, client-focused and solution-oriented," and another states: "They are very professional and very knowledgeable within their specific areas of expertise. They have superb attention to detail, making them very thorough in the work they do."

Our Charges 

The SRA requires us to give indicative prices for limited types of work, this includes Probate: Administration of Estates. For more information please click here.

Contact Our Wills and Probate Solicitors

Our specialist Wills and Probate Solicitors represent clients in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales, Cheshire and Staffordshire, as well as across the Midlands.

Lanyon Bowdler have offices with expert teams of solicitors in Hereford, Bromyard, Shropshire, Ludlow, Oswestry, Telford, and Conwy in North Wales.

For more information, please get in touch with the team or call the general enquiries number located at the top of the page. 

We are one of the most recognised law firms in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands. We are able to offer a wide range of pricing options including fixed fees and service level guarantees.

As a leading national law firm, we regularly handle Wills and probate for clients all over the UK. We can represent you wherever you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Testimonials

Very quick at sorting our Wills. He was great to deal with, nice guy!

- Mr L Onions & Mrs E Onions, Craven Arms

Prompt response, clear advice.

- Dr A Geeson & Dr N Geeson, Hereford

As a charity legacy officer I am used to reluctance from professional executors to communicate. I found him professional yet friendly and efficient at all times - very pleased.

- Cats Protection, Haywards Heath

Case Studies

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