Wills, Trusts and Probate
Our experienced Harrogate based solicitors pride themselves on their personal service. We also offer very competitive rates and we would be delighted to offer you a fixed price for wills, trusts and the administration of estates if at all possible.
We can assist you with:
- Probate and the administration of estates
- Lasting power of attorney
- Wills and probate law
- Court of protection deputyship
- Statutory wills
- Contested probates and estates
We can also act for you in any contentious probate matters. Naturally, these can be highly emotive and destructive in terms of value and relationships. We usually recommend mediation as an alternative to a court battle and please see our page on mediation. There are occasions where there is no alternative but to proceed to court, but this is exceptional.
Commonly, we would encourage clients to see whether they are comfortable making an application to the Court of Protection for a deputyship themselves, as the process is designed to be used without the requirement of legal advice (see the government website www.gov.uk which is helpful). The same is true of the administration of an estate and it is perfectly possible for an individual to navigate this process without instructing solicitors. However, there are occasions where this is not appropriate for all sorts of reasons.
Whilst much of the administration of an estate can be handled by individuals, we can assist if this is not appropriate. Two important areas where solicitors can add value are contested probates and estates, and wills. We quite understand why individuals might want to look at wills online and there are offerings on the internet that cater for this need. However, there are some very serious pitfalls to avoid and if you wish to ensure that your loved ones receive as much of the benefit of your life’s labours as possible (and they do not ultimately fall out over it) then having your will properly drawn up by an experienced probate solicitor is sensible. The fee is normally modest and unregulated will writers can charge more than solicitors.
We have seen a wide variety of probate disputes that could have been avoided had the deceased taken a solicitor’s advice when drawing up their wills. You should also consider executing a new will whenever you have a life changing event, such as divorce, marriage, having a child, moving home, a named executor dies or, on a positive note, your good fortune.
We are always very happy to discuss your options with you on the telephone on a no obligation basis; just give us a call.