Wills & Probate Solicitors

Planning can ensure your family’s financial security in later years and give you peace of mind today. Our Wills and Probate solicitors provide a sympathetic and professional service.

Wills

“Security of my family was essential!”

At Bannister Preston Solicitors LLP our wills and probate solicitors are here to help you plan for the future and our team are on hand to provide you with specialist advice relating to Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate and Trusts. We are committed to providing a professional and personal service to meet your individual needs, ensuring that you always receive exceptional service, not always offered by larger law firms.

Our services include;

Making your Will needs to be handled by someone with the expertise and sensitivity to ensure that your will reflects your wishes.

Bannister Preston Solicitors LLP’s wills and probate solicitors has expertise in all areas of this process, and will provide expert advice on preparation of your Will, Management of your Estate, Tax Planning, Trusteeships, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications.

If you have made a Will, we will review this for you to assess whether your Will needs to be changed to account for a change in circumstances.

Probate

Bannister Preston Solicitors LLP minimise the stress following the death of a loved one. We provide a sympathetic, personal and efficient service to guide you through each stage of the probate process.

  • We will deal with the deceased’s finances and property, address any inheritance tax issues, apply for the Grant of Probate, if required, and administer the Estate in accordance with the terms of the Will.
  • We are happy to work together with the Executors or alternatively we can carry out all of the necessary steps for you. Either way we will ensure all issues are dealt with and the correct procedure is followed quickly and efficiently.

Intestacy

If the deceased did not make a Will we are able to search the National Wills Register, Certainty.co.uk to ensure that no Will can be found.

If there is no Will then we can advise you on the complex laws of Intestacy and guide you through the administration process.

Lasting Power of Attorney

Allows you to choose the people you want to make decisions on your behalf if you were to lose mental capacity and become unable to make such decisions.

A Lasting Power of Attorney is completed in advance of you losing mental capacity and will minimise the distress for yourself and your loved ones if this were to ever happen.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney;

  • Property and Financial Affairs – This LPA allows your Attorney to make financial and property decisions on your behalf’
  • Health and Welfare – This LPA allows your Attorney to make decisions on your behalf about your medical treatment, care and medication.

Benefits of making a Lasting Power of Attorney

  • Plan in advance who you will want to appoint as an Attorney to make decisions on your behalf.
  • Stipulate how you want your Attorney to make decisions.
  • Minimise the distress for yourself and your family and friends if you were to lose mental capacity by having a LPA in place.

We would always recommend that you create an LPA for the future whilst you are still able to as once you have lost mental capacity then your loved ones would have to go through a more costly and lengthy process of making a deputyship application to the Court of Protection.

Ordinary Power of Attorney

An Ordinary Power of Attorney allows you to appoint an Attorney to deal with your financial affairs whilst you still remain mentally capable.  You may wish to complete an Ordinary Power of Attorney if you need somebody to deal with your affairs relatively quickly, for instance this may be needed if you were to go abroad for a period of time.  We are able to complete this quickly and efficiently to make things as easy as possible for you.

Court of Protection

If a loved one loses the mental capacity to make their own decisions and they do not have a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney (pre October 2007), then we can make an application on your behalf to the Court of Protection for a deputy to be appointed.  The appointed deputy can then manage the property and affairs or personal welfare of the person who lacks the mental capacity to make such decisions.

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Here at Bannister Preston Solicitors LLP we are highly recommended by our clients. We strive to provide excellent guidance and pride ourselves on our service.

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