Wills, Probate and Trust
Whether it is your intention is to:
- make a Will
- deal with the estate of a loved one
- obtain Letters of Administration
- make a Powers of Attorney
- secure Equity Release from your home
we are a telephone call away and no more than 5 minutes walk from Hackney Central bus stop and Hackney Central train station. Our Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney specialist legal team is led by our senior Partner, Angela Spence who has twenty years expertise and experience in this field. Making the best provision for your family or your business now and in the future requires careful financial planning. We take the time to get to know you and your affairs so that we can Advice you how best to achieve your aims. We believe that a Will is one of the most important documents you will ever sign, and that you should speak to a specialist solicitor who can make the process of making a Will straight forward, clear and legal jargon free.
On the death of a loved one, their estate (money, property, possessions) must be dealt with. Assets should be collected in, debts ( and taxes if required) must be paid, and then the remainder of the estate must be distributed to those entitled to it. This process is called "administering the estate".
If the deceased made a Will the Executor must apply for a 'Grant of Probate' from the Probate Registry. The Grant of Probate confirms that the executor has the authority to deal with the deceased estate and allows them to access funds held at banks, building societies and insurance companies etc.. sell assets if necessary and do everything that is required to ensure that the terms of the Will are carried out.
If the deceased died without making a Will they have died 'intestate'. A close relative can apply to the Probate Registry for 'Letters of Administration'. The Letter of Administration is a legal document which confirms that the administrator has the authority to deal with the deceased persons assets. The Administration of Estates Act 1925 sets out who can apply for the grant of letters of administration. We particularly encourage house and flat owners to make a Will. For most people your house or flat is your biggest asset. It is important that those you want to inherit are protected.
Lasting Power of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney enables an individual to choose and appoint someone they trust as an 'attorney' to act and to make decisions on their behalf on matters such as property and financial affairs or health and welfare.
It cannot be used until it is registered with the Office of Public Guardian and a Health and Welfare Power of Attorney cannot be used until the person making the Power of Attorney becomes mentally incapable of making decisions about his/her own welfare.
We recommend that you make and register a Power of Attorney well in advance before the need for its use arises because registration will achieve the security of knowing that contingencies will be covered and the registration process can be lengthy.
Come and see us
We are happy to prepare and to register your Lasting Power of Attorney. Please telephone us or 'pop-in' at any time as we are no more than 5 minutes walk away from Hackney Central Bus Station and Hackney Central Train Station.