Mackrell and Thomas – Wills and Probate and Power of Attorney
We are Wills and Probate solicitors who offer private client legal advice across a range of topics covering wills, probate, powers of attorney and well as estates and inheritance tax advice.
Did you know two thirds of people have never made a will?
A properly drafted Will from Wills and Probate solicitors provides the peace of mind of knowing your loved ones are taken care of and allows you to leave your assets to the people you want to, when you die.
Having no Will can lead to unexpected stress being placed on your family having to decide where you estate should go to or even worse, allowing your estate to fall into the hands of the government.
If you die without a Will, Rules from 1925 decide who will receive your assets. The Rules make no provisions for unmarried partners/step-children/friends/charities and it is therefore important to leave a Will stating your intentions because an incorrectly drafted will or no will at all, can have costly and unfortunate consequences for your family.
Making a will is often the last thing we think about. However making a Will not only allows you to ensure that your affairs are in order but also makes provision for your family, friends and loved ones.
Many people prepare homemade Wills and sometimes these documents are not legally correct due to their contents or due to how they have been signed and this will lead to the homemade Will being declared invalid.
Mackrell and Thomas are wills and probate solicitors who can ensure that making your Will is simple, straightforward and cost effective.
Why should you make a Will using a qualified wills and probate solicitor?
- Makes it easier for friends and family to sort everything out- without a Will the process can be more time consuming and stressful
- Without a Will everything will be shared out in a way defined by the law
- Reduce the amount of inheritance tax
- If you want to leave something to an unmarried partner or people outside of your immediate family
- Homemade Wills can often contain legal errors, which lead to the will being declared invalid.
Mark Hunter, solicitor at Mackrell and Thomas has been preparing Wills and carrying out Probate work for almost 20 years.
We also offer FREE storage facilities for important documents such as Wills and Title Deeds.A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you choose people (‘attorneys’) such as a friend or relative who can make decisions and deal with matters for you. There are two types of LPA and you can decide to make one or both:
- Health and Welfare – dealing with daily routines; medical care or moving into a care home
- Property and Financial affairs – paying bills; collecting benefits or selling your home
Before it can be used, a LPA has to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)