Wills probate

Wills And Probate

It makes sense to make a Will. There is a very real danger that, if you die without having made a Will, your property may not go directly to the people you would want to benefit. Making a Will is the surest way of providing for others after your death and Rich & Carr solicitors are here to help you do so. Statistics show that 75% of the UK population, that's three out of every four people in the UK, die without leaving a Will, don’t become part of this statistic - our lawyers are skilled in drawing up all the legal documentation you will require.

Someone who dies without leaving a valid Will is said to die intestate, which means that the rules and laws of intestacy made by Parliament govern the ownership of money, property and possessions (known as your Estate) and also govern who is entitled to administer that Estate. These rules are largely inflexible and make provision for spouses, children or further blood relatives in a strict order of priority.

This could mean that, without a valid Will:

  • Your spouse may not inherit everything;
  • If you are separated, but not yet divorced, your spouse could inherit most of your Estate;
  • A distant blood relative may take precedence over a life long companion, if you have no immediate family;
  • If you are living with someone, but not married to them, they may lose out completely;
  • A charity you wish to benefit will lose out;
  • You lose the right to determine who you wish to wind up your affairs;
  • You lose the right to take advantage of tax-saving measures and your Estate may end up with a large Inheritance Tax Bill;
  • If you have no immediate family or blood relatives at all, your entire Estate may go to the Government.

Services we provide include:

  • Tax advice;
  • Preparation of Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney;
  • Amendment of an existing Will;
  • Acting as professional Executors or Trustees;
  • Storage of Wills and other important documents, such as the Title Deeds to your house;
  • Advising on the effect of intestacy;
  • Obtaining Grants of Probate or Letters of Administration;
  • Administration or winding up of Estates;
  • Potential claims against Estates if you feel you have been excluded unfairly from a Will;

So if you wish to discuss the preparation of a Will, the setting-up of a Trust or need help administering an Estate, please contact one of our expert, professional solicitors in the Probate Department today.

Enquiry Form