Stowe Operates an Excellent Wills & Probate Service
Need to arrange expert, bespoke Will writing services or are you disputing and challenging an existing Will?.. Looking to resolve ‘intestacy’ issues from a relative who died without leaving a Will?.. Need professional guidance on matters of Power of Attorney? Arrange an appointment with our Wills, Tax, Trusts & Probate experts today.
Stowe Family Law launched its new Wills, Tax, Trusts & Probate service in October 2013. This is already proving to be a valuable in-house service for new and existing Stowe Family Law clients: the terms of an existing will remain in force until the decree absolute is granted, but in general, a new Will needs to be drawn up at the outset of any divorce or separation. If appropriate, any joint property needs to be severed.
“Stowe Family Law guided me through the whole process professionally and compassionately. I can never put into words properly the gratitude I feel for all the help I received” – Hale Client.
Expert Wills and Estate Planning Advice
Whether you are looking for a new Will to be written or are disputing and wishing to challenge an existing Will, Stowe Family Law’s in-house experts in Wills, tax, trusts and probate and dispute resolution can professionally assist. Book an appointment at our offices in London, Tunbridge Wells, Winchester, Harrogate, Hale, Wilmlsow, Wetherby or Leeds for a free initial appointment to discuss your case.
Jane Gray is a solicitor in Stowe Family Law’s Hale office in Cheshire. She has 15 years of experience in Wills, tax trusts and probate law and is a fully qualified member of the Society of Trusts and Estate practitioners (STEP). She is also an Associate Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).
She deals with bespoke Wills involving inheritance tax planning and trusts, allowing wealth to pass to the next generation and advises on many aspects of later life, including Lasting Powers of Attorney and general mental capacity issues arising under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also advises on all aspects of estate administration and probate.
Recent Changes In Legislation
On October 1 2014, the Inheritance and Trustees Powers Act 2014 introduced a number of new inheritance rights and regulations affecting spouses and civil partners, unmarried fathers and adopted children, amongst others. For an outline of recent changes to the rules governing inheritance, please see Jane’s article here.
Family lawyers and solicitors across the country will be watching with interest to see how the new regulations translate into real world practice. As ever, the best advice is to take control of your family’s future by making a Will with the guidance of a qualified solicitor, who can look at your individual circumstances and tailor the Will to your wishes.
But What If There Is No Will?
Perhaps the person in question, sadly, died unexpectedly or suddenly. Perhaps they simply never got round to considering a Will. Legally, dying without a Will is termed ‘intestacy’. Death without a Will is relatively common and there are specific regulations which set out how money, assets and property should be distributed when this occurs. These are called the ‘intestacy rules’, and they also apply when someone has left a Will but it is not legally valid for a variety of reasons.