Wills & Probates
Drafting a will
Step1 – Fill in our will quote form. All of your information is confidential and you’re under no obligation to go ahead.
Step 2 – We will contact you to take full instructions before preparing your will and agree costs. Basic wills start at £60.
Step 3 – When the draft is ready we contact you to make an appointment to execute your will.
Step 4 – Make any final amendments, execute your will and pay your bill when you’re happy with the service.
Step 5 – We send you two copies and a receipt. You whole will is prepared and stored by a CS&B solicitors.
On a death, to deal with an estate
Step 1- Obtain the death certificate
Step 2 – Value the estate and obtain a quote from us on the following basis;
Step 3 – Instruct us to either;
(a) Obtain a grant of representation only – you deal with the administration of the estate.
Pro’s & Con’s: (+) Better to save money (-) Increased risk, can be time consuming and complex
(b) Obtain a grant of representation and deal with the estate on your behalf.
Pro’s & Con’s: (+) Saves you time, reduces risk (-) More expensive
To start your probate you must contact us by email or phone.
Making a will is one of the ways you can be sure that your relatives will benefit from all your hard work. Making a will for you and your partner is one of the ways you can be certain your relatives will inherit your estate.
Basic wills start from £60 (£50 plus VAT). We can take instructions and prepare mirror wills, mutual wills, irrevocable wills, and nil rate band discretionary trust settlements for inheritance tax. We will also ensure that your house and other property is included or excluded from your estate as you require.
What to do when someone dies: Probates and Grants of Representation
Loosing a family member may be one of the most difficult and emotion events that you will ever have to deal with. Administering or sorting out relatives legal affairs after they have passed away is usually the last thing you want to have to do at the time, but it is one of the most important. We can help you.
We deal with all kinds of estates, including:
- Valuing land and property, savings, accounts and liabilities;
- Small inheritances within the family;
- Obtaining grants of probate or letters of administration;
- Large estates with inheritance tax issues and transferable nil rate bands;
- Insolvent estates;
- Contested wills and trusts;
- Administration of trusts and estates;
- Distributing assets and trustee notices;
- Will draft.
We will spend our time giving you the advice and confidence you need to bring everything to a close as quickly as is possible. And no matter what unexpected events the future brings you can be sure you’re getting the best legal advice to see you through.
Have you been excluded from a relative’s will? If so you may have a claim against the estate, but you have a limited time in which to act.
Please contact us today to get the advice you need at this difficult time for an initial interview.
Powers of attorney
Powers of attorney can take various forms. They are often used by companies or trustees to delegate powers for business affairs. However they are widely used by elderly or vulnerable people so that relatives can carry out day to day jobs and help them with their affairs.
There are three main kinds:
- Ordinary power of attorney;
- Enduring power of attorney;
- Lasting power of attorney.
It is not possible to make an enduring power of attorney any longer; existing powers are still valid but may require registration. For new powers of attorney you will need to contact us for legal advice; ordinary powers may be enough for your needs and are not expensive, lasting powers however are often preferred because they cannot be revoked by ill health or memory problems.
You could end up needing full time nursing care in which case you will have to sell your house to pay for your care. Please contact us to discuss ways in which provision can be made for your children or surviving relatives so that they can inherit all of you property. You must do this before you have any real difficulties. Please contact us for a interview.