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Hansford Bell Law – leading legal advice on Inheritance Tax in Tavistock, Devon

Why make a will?

willsIf you die without a valid will, you have no say in what happens to your estate. Instead the ‘Rules of Intestacy’ will apply and your estate may be divided between people who you may not have wished to benefit. It may also mean your estate pays more tax.

If you are in a relationship whether married, unmarried or in a civil partnership, contrary to popular belief, your partner may not ‘automatically’ inherit your estate particularly if you have children. If you marry or remarry, your Will is revoked by law, so take advice about making a Will before the ‘Big Day’ to protect your loved ones.

You may not have many close family members but may wish to benefit friends and charities. You will only be able to do this if you have a valid Will in place, otherwise under the Intestacy Rules, your estate may pass to distant relatives you did not know or even possibly to the Crown.

Everyone’s personal situation is different and therefore your Will needs to be written specifically for you, tailored to your personal circumstances to ensure your wishes are fulfilled.

As a specialist Will writing Solicitor, Jennifer Slater will guide you through the process of making your Will explaining how to achieve your aims in a plain and clear manner. Whether your situation is simple or complex, we will make the process straightforward for you.

If you already have a Will in place, we can review it with you and help you update it if appropriate. The law is constantly changing and out of date Wills may lead to your loved ones paying more tax.

Our goal is to ensure your Will is all in order so you can get on with enjoying life knowing your loved ones will be provided for.

Estate Administration (Probate)

When you are grieving the loss of a loved one, it can be overwhelming to be faced with having to also deal with the legal process of administering the estate. Whether there is a Will or not, we will help you through the steps required with sympathetic guidance and advice.

Being an executor of an estate comes with a lot of responsibility. We will provide the support you need whether that is assisting with obtaining Probate so you can carry on administering the estate or, dealing with all the administration steps for you including the complexities of inheritance tax and succession rules.

We are here to help and support you with a personal professional service that will ensure the estate administration is dealt with correctly and efficiently so you don’t have to worry.