At Pilgrim Hope Solicitors, based in Standish, Wigan, we believe that to avoid disputes or complication it is best to have your Will professionally prepared by an experienced solicitor.
Life is a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, and no one knows what the future holds. Having a Will is an important part of planning for the future and caring for your loved ones after you have gone. A Will lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death.
Without a valid Will, the law provides that your estate will be distributed in accordance with the intestacy rules. In many instances these rules will not reflect your wishes or the needs of your loved ones. Unmarried partners and step-children will not be provided for. Your spouse or civil partner may not inherit your whole estate, but may have to share it with your children, parents or brothers and sisters.
There are many reasons to make a Will, and there are also many reasons why you should amend your current Will.
Updating or editing your Will may be necessary if you divorce from your partner, co-habit with a partner, or have a new child in the family.
If you have young children you should appoint guardians in your Will to look after them in the event of your death.
Wills can help safeguard vulnerable beneficiaries, preserve assets from being exhausted by Care Home fees and reduce the impact of any Inheritance Tax burden. Your Will is also an opportunity for you to benefit charities and other great causes that you care about.
We do understand that death is not a subject that you may want to discuss or reflect upon. Unfortunately, it is not a subject you should ignore as your loved ones may face serious problems if you die without making a Will. Problems that could have been avoided if you had made a Will.
At Pilgrim Hope Solicitors we are well known for being approachable and also our professionalism. As a result, you will find that making a Will is much less troubling than you might have imagined.
LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY
Pilgrim Hope Solicitors can also prepare your Lasting Powers of Attorney, whether for Property and Finance or Health and Care decisions, ensuring that these hugely important documents are properly prepared and registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.
The best way to think about Lasting Powers of Attorney is to ask yourself the question, “who would I trust to deal with my money, property or my welfare if I couldn’t manage?”
Often the chosen attorneys are husband or wife or children, or other relatives or very trusted friends. People who know you well and people you can totally trust.
By helping you with your Lasting Powers of Attorney our solicitors can enable you to prepare in advance for the possibility of either permanent or temporary loss of capacity, giving you the peace of mind of knowing that your chosen trusted attorney or attorneys can deal with your affairs if you need that help in the future.