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Our long established Wills, Trusts and Probate department is the domain of partners Richard and Patricia Martin.  Richard is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is panel deputy for the Court of Protection for Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. He is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, the group of lawyers dedicated to elderly and vulnerable clients. Patricia specialises in all matters in this area and brings understanding and sensitivity to situations which can be extremely stressful.

We regularly visit hospitals and care homes to take Will instructions and we are very happy to visit you at home if you prefer not to attend our office.

WILLS and why you should make one:

A Will is a legal document in which you state how you wish everything you own to be distributed after your death. Unfortunately it is not a case of ‘if’ we die, but ‘when’ as that is the one certainty of life! - and the consequences of not having a properly prepared Will when you die can be extremely serious for your family.

Making a Will is a painless and usually straightforward process which can be carried out at reasonable cost and without too much time or effort on your part.

Making a Will enables you to have peace of mind with the knowledge that your affairs are in order. You can make provision for your family, friends and charities. You can take steps to minimise inheritance tax or the cost of care fees should you need residential care in the future.

If you live with your partner and are not married or in a civil partnership, you need to make a Will to ensure that your assets pass to your partner.

Even if you think that you do not have many belongings you will almost certainly be worth more than you think - and making a Will makes everything easier for your family after your death at what is inevitably a difficult time for them.

You can change your Will at any time. In fact we suggest that you review your Will at least every five years, and whenever any life-changing incidents take place - the birth of grandchildren, for example, or on separation or divorce, or a re-marriage, particularly where there are children from a previous relationship.

You can of course write your own Will, but as so many cases have sadly shown, it is easy to make mistakes in the wording or signing (which is very precise) resulting in considerable distress (and often large expense) for your family and dependants.

TRUSTS

Trusts are commonly used in Wills to minimise inheritance tax or limit the misuse of inherited money by children considered to be less than responsible. Trusts are also used to secure money for children or adults with learning difficulties.
A properly prepared Trust is essential in these circumstances with full consideration given to the tax implications.

PROBATE and the administration of estates of those who have died

When someone dies usually all their assets are frozen - no one can deal with anything without proper authority in the form of a Court Order - if there is a Will then a grant of Probate authorising the personal representatives shown in the Will, or if there is no Will, then a Grant of Administration appointing someone, usually a family member.

The estate of the deceased can then be dealt with. It is important that everything is handled properly or lengthy and expensive disputes can arise. Many people find that dealing with all the paperwork involved is burdensome and stressful at what is already a difficult time. We can help here, dealing efficiently with all the problems which may arise and making sure that the all bills are paid and the estate distributed correctly and in accordance with the law.

At Andrews Martin our ethos is one of traditional service coupled with fair charging. Our clients have told us that they find our compassionate and supportive assistance to be invaluable at what is an unhappy time for family and friends.


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