FAQs

From here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions across all our services. Using the filter simply choose either business or individual to access the complete range of services available. Can’t find the answer you are looking for? Contact us to discuss your query.

What is a beneficiary?

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A beneficiary is a person who receives some form of benefit in a will.

What is an executor of a will?

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An executor is the person who is responsible for seeing that the wishes of your will are carried out. It is the executor who formally represents you when you have died and this person collects in your assets and then distributes them in accordance with the terms of the will.

What is a living will?

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A living will is a document which states what you would like to happen if you become mentally incapacitated and it appoints someone to make medical decisions for you in that instance.

How much is a power of attorney?

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Our prices start at £600+ for two lasting powers of attorney and you will need to pay the Office of the Public Guardian’s registration fee of £110 per document which needs to be registered.

What is a power of attorney?

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A power of attorney is a legal document which allows you to formally appoint someone to be able to manage your affairs for you if you become incapacitated in any way. The document covers both the occurrence of a physical and mental incapacity and will authorise your attorney to manage your financial affairs and make decisions about your health and personal welfare.

What is a grant of probate?

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A grant of probate is a court issued certificate which authenticates a person’s will after they have died and is the document which formally appoints the executor.

When should I make a will?

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As soon as you are aged over 18 years old. If you only have £1 in your bank account, you can still leave this money to your chosen beneficiary.

I want to challenge a will, do I need a solicitor?

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It is a very sensible idea to speak with a solicitor about the process of challenging a will. We can fully inform you about how the law operates and we can assess the strength of your claim.

I need a will, how much will it cost?

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Our prices start at £165 + VAT for a single will and £225 + VAT for a mirror will.

What is the matrimonial home?

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The matrimonial home/family home is often referred to as the home in which the parties and their family lived in. Were people are married it is often referred to as the matrimonial home, where they have been in a cohabiting relationship it is often referred to as the family home.  Both parties can have rights over this property irrespective of whose name it is in, irrespective of who has paid the bills. Please note that the rights of a married couple on separation may well be very different to the rights of a cohabiting couple on separation. Again, it is important that legal advice is taken to advise on those rights and that in certain circumstances where the property is in one party’s sole name, that advice is taken to protect the non-owning party’s interest in the property. 

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