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Wills and Probate Advice

At Joslin Rhodes, our expert Wills and Probate team in Darlington have extensive experience in creating Wills. We’re here to give you peace of mind that you’ve got everything covered when planning your legacy to your loved ones.

A badly written Will can be costly, eating into your family’s inheritance and possibly leaving them with nothing. It could also have considerable tax implications for your loved ones too.

We’ll properly structure your Will, making sure no loved ones are disinherited and your legacy lives on after you.

We can also advise you on Inheritance Tax, Care Fees, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Life Insurance, to protect your loved ones wherever possible.

As an ongoing service, we’ll review your documents to make sure they’re always in line with your wishes.

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Many people assume if they don’t have a Will, things will just be shared out between their loved ones but there are some instances when this might not be the case. It’s also possible to disinherit them without realising it, which makes setting your wishes out in a Will an important decision.

If you don’t have a Will when you die, your assets are distributed by the laws of intestacy.

This works by looking at your next of kin, so if you’re married with no children, your partner receives everything, if you have children your partner receives the first £250,000 plus possessions and half of the remainder. Your children will receive the rest.

If you’re not married but do have children, everything passes to your children equally. If you don’t have children it goes to your nearest living relative in order of your parents, then your brothers and sisters, then grandparents, then aunts and uncles. If there’s no living relatives everything passes to the crown.

What Is Estate Planning?

Estate planning , or Protect as we call it, is all about protecting your financial planning, so you know your assets and family are protected when you’re no longer here. It could include things like:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Lasting Power of Attorney
  • Care fees planning
  • Inheritance tax planning

You tell us all the ways you’d like to protect your assets and we’ll structure your Will, so your final wishes have the legal status to be carried out in the way you want.

Essentially, the Protect team are there to make sure what you leave behind goes to the people you want and not someone else you haven’t considered.

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Most people are worth more dead than alive. Think about the value of your home and insurances, not to mention pension and work death benefits – it all adds up.

Tax can often be avoided or reduced by carefully making a Will – so don’t give the taxman more than he is due.

Do I need a solicitor to make a Will?

Technically not, but what you write in your Will may have a different legal effect to what you meant when you wrote it.

A solicitor has the expertise to make sure your Will says exactly what you want it to. Remember, solicitors generally earn more fees from solving the problems created by home-made Wills than they do from making them in the first place.

What will making a Will cost?

A simple Will may be cheaper than you thought. Whatever the cost, you can’t afford to get it wrong – it won’t matter to you, but your beneficiaries may suffer.

It is important to realise that your circumstances change and so does the law, so always keep your Will reviewed. We would be happy to take a look at your current Will and make sure it is right for you now.

If you are going to make a Will, you should consider the following points:

  • Your personal and partner’s details
  • Executors
  • Funeral wishes
  • Guardians
  • Gifts of your possessions
  • Cash gifts
  • Residuary gifts

If you would like to have a chat about your options or how we may be able to help you please contact a member of the team, complete our call back form or contact us directly at your local office.