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Wills, Trusts and Probate

Making a Will
It is vital to make a Will to organise your affairs after your death. We can suggest ways of doing this by advising on any potential Inheritance Tax Liability and helping you to plan your affairs to reduce your liability, including the use of trusts and lifetime gifts.

What Happens When a Person Dies?
In the event of a death, it is important to those left behind that their affairs are handled with efficiency and compassion. If someone close to you has died, we can advise you on the steps to take and administer the estate as quickly as possible, keeping you informed at every stage. This involves valuing the person's assets, obtaining a Grant of Representation, gathering in and distributing all the assets, after ensuring that any debts and taxes are paid.

Enduring Powers of Attorney and Controller Orders

When making your Will, you may also wish to consider granting an Enduring Power of Attorney. This ensures that your affairs will be managed by someone you trust should you become unable to manage them.

If an Enduring Power of Attorney has not been granted, it may be necessary to make an application to the Office of Care and Protection in the High Court to appoint someone (called a Controller) to manage your affairs. We can help with these procedures.


Contact:

probate@hartandcosolicitors.com