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PRIVATE CLIENTS - PERSONAL WILLS & LPAS

If you are looking to make a will or Lasting Power of Attorney, WE would be delighted to help you! we are able to offer appointments face to face in your own home (our preference), by video call or by telephone.

Wills

Having a valid will in place at the time of your death is vital to ensure that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes. If you die ‘intestate’ – i.e. without having a valid will in place – your estate will be distributed in accordance with the laws of intestacy which may not correspond with your wishes. 

A will also allows you to appoint guardians for your children in the event of your death. Without this, if both people with parental responsibility were to die, it would be down to a judge to decide who is best placed to look after your children. Not only may this not be the person or people you would have chosen but your children may be placed in care until the judge has made his decision.

When you make an appointment with us, we will agree a mutually convenient time to meet, usually at your own home (or somewhere different, if you prefer). We will make you feel at ease and will have a friendly, professional and informative discussion with you about the requirements for your will. Following the appointment, we will draw up a draft will document which will be sent to you within 7 days of the appointment. Then, when you have approved the document, or notified us of any amendments, the final will document will be sent to you with detailed instructions on how to sign the will so that it is valid.

Please see below for costs details.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

If you lose mental capacity during your lifetime and are unable to make decisions regarding your health or finances for yourself, having registered Lasting Powers of Attorney in place allows you (the donor) to appoint carefully chosen attorneys (usually friends or family members) to make these decisions for you.

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the consequences of not having Lasting Powers of Attorney in place. For example, if you have a joint bank account with your spouse and one of you loses mental capacity, the account will be frozen, denying access to even the spouse who maintains capacity.

Similarly, if decisions regarding, for example, life-sustaining treatment, need to be made about a patient who has lost mental capacity, in the absence of a Health & Welfare LPA, the family, friends or doctors of the patients would have to apply to the Court of Protection for guidance on how to proceed. This is an extremely lengthy process often costing thousands of pounds.  

Once Lasting Powers of Attorney are drawn up and registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (a process that takes 8-10 weeks) the finance LPA can be utilised straight away, if required, and the health LPA will ready for use should mental capacity be lost by the donor.

Please see below for costs details.

Costs

Single will - £250

Mirror wills - £400
(Married or co-habiting couples)

One pair of LPAs (INCLUDING REGISTRATION FEES) - £475
(Health & Finance LPAs for one person)

Two pairs of LPAs (INCLUDING REGISTRATION FEES) - £850 
(Health & Finance LPAs for two people)

Storage of wills - NO CHARGE

PACKAGE (SINGLE) : SINGLE WILL & ONE PAIR OF lpaS
(INCLUDING REGISTRATION FEES) - £675

PACKAGE (cOUPLES) : MIRROR WILLS & TWO PAIRS OF lpaS
(INCLUDING REGISTRATION FEES) - £1100

Probate services - please contact us for details



VAT is not currently chargeable on any of the services we offer, excluding probate services.


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