Will Aid

If you die without having made a Will your wishes will not be taken into account and your estate will pass according to set rules called the rules of intestacy.

Who needs Power of Attorney?

When considering the future people often think of making a will or putting in place a funeral plan. But often what is more important is to consider how your affairs can be managed while you`re still here.

The Importance of making Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a document you can prepare to appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf.

Purchasing Your Freehold?

If you do not own the freehold interest in your property then it may be a good idea to look into purchasing the freehold as problems can arise when selling or mortgaging if you own only the leasehold interest.

Making decisions for people with dementia

There are over 800,000 people in the UK suffering from dementia and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 governs how decisions are made for those with dementia and other mental health conditions.

Making a will alone may not be enough

When making a Will you assume that after your death your wishes will be followed, and in most cases this is right. However, where the will has not been correctly prepared or where the will is not found then your estate may pass to your closest relatives under the rules of intestacy, or under the terms of a previous will.

Living Wills and making decisions about life sustaining treatment.

Many people have strong views about their medical treatment and how they should be cared for. However, when someone is seriously ill they may not be able to make these decisions for themselves.

Buying your first Home

Buying a home is probably the most important and expensive purchase you will make in your life. As a first time buyer there are many things you need to consider and it is important to get the right advice.

Inheritance Tax Planning during your lifetime or on death

If at the time of your death you have an estate over the nil-rate band (currently 325,000) or if you have made substantial gifts in the seven years prior to your death, then Inheritance Tax may be payable on your estate.

When a loved one dies

Losing someone close to you is a very difficult experience and the burden of dealing with their financial affairs at that time can cause a considerable amount of stress at a time of grief. The formalities involved in dealing with someone's estate after death can be time consuming and complicated.

How to make your Will

If you die without having made a Will there are set rules about who will inherit your estate and these are called the rules of "intestacy". Unless you make a Will your wishes will not be taken into account.

Making decisions for others

Where a person cannot make their own decisions, whether through dementia or a learning disability or other mental health problem, the Court of Protection decides who should make those decisions for them. Those closest to them, such as a family member or a close friend, must be appointed by the Court if they are to make decisions for them. The person appointed is called a "deputy".