WILLS SOLICITORS

Wills lawyers

It is important that every person should have a will and that their will should be updated periodically so as to reflect any changes in their circumstances.

Will writing can be a difficult task without expert help but at Hodders solicitors we can help you write a will giving you the peace of mind that those who you love will be the ones to inherit your assets.

We can also ensure your loved ones receive as much of your estate as possible without allowing the Revenue to take a large share of your estate by way of Inheritance Tax.

If you already have a will, let us review it for you to ensure it is up-to-date with current legislation? Our friendly and professional Department is here to help.

Managing your documents

Basic and mirror wills

If your assets do not exceed the threshold at which point inheritance tax becomes payable (currently £325,000) then you will need a basic Will. This will allow you to set out who should be appointed as your Executors and Trustees and who you wish to be the guardians of your children, should you die whilst they remain under the age of 18. A basic Will also covers the distribution of your personal assets before your Estate is divided in accordance with your wishes.

If you and your partner wish to execute similar Wills, then we can produce Mirror Wills by agreement and there is a reduced cost for this service.

Tax Planning wills

If your assets exceed the Inheritance Tax threshold, you may wish to consider Tax Planning Wills. We can advise you on the most effective tax planning mechanism to preserve your assets so as to enable them to pass down to your beneficiaries.

We provide fixed fees for Tax Planning Wills. Those fees vary from case to case dependent upon the complexity of the case and a fixed fee will be provided to you at your initial meeting.

Many of us do not make a will before we die which can lead to unintended consequences and loved ones missing out on their inheritance.

WHY CHOOSE US?

Experienced

Hodders solicitors have been in the business for over 150 years and has gained over the years experience and expertise.

Guidance

Leading you in the right direction with 100% transparency to achieve your goals with peace of mind.​

Timing

Keeping you up to date about your matter. You shouldn’t need to chase us to find out what is happening.

Professional

Providing clear information on fees so that you have control of your costs right from the start. 

OUR PROCESS

Listening client
01

We always listen our clients and their needs to understand what we can do with them during our process and make things easy.

Define your goals
02

What is the purpose of your goal? Why was it created? How can we maximise the outcome?

Action plan
03

Planning helps us prepare for the obstacles ahead and keeps us on track. And with an effective action plan, we can boost productivity and keep the focus on your goals.

Execution
04

Ideas are yesterday, execution is today and excellence will see you the following day.

Ideas are yesterday, execution is today and excellence will see you the following day.

Listening client

01

We always listen our clients and their needs to understand what we can do with them during our process and make things easy.

Action plan

03

Planning helps us prepare for the obstacles ahead and keeps us on track. And with an effective action plan, we can boost productivity and keep the focus on your goals.

02

Define your goals

What is the purpose of your goal? Why was it created? How can we maximise the outcome?

04

Execution

Ideas are yesterday, execution is today and excellence will see you the following day.

A will or testament is a legal document that expresses a person’s wishes as to how their property is to be distributed after their death and as to which person is to manage the property until its final distribution. The person names to deal with the deceased property is known as an executor.

An executor’s appointment in the Will begins at the date of death. The appointment is not however confirmed until the Probate Registry issues a grant of probate authorising the executors to collect in assets and pay debts,

Executors have legal authority to make decisions and deal with many aspects of the estate immediately. The role of an executor is an important, lifelong position, with rights, responsibilities and potential financial consequences if things go wrong. If any claims come up in the future from the estate, it will be up to the original executors to sort them out. If you are an executor appointed in a Will, you may be uncertain about taking on the role, our experienced team at Hodders can advise and help you if you are in any doubts. If you still do not wish to take the role, the deceased person’s (other) family members and Probate Registry should be informed. Please note; you may not be able to ‘renounce’ probate (step down from being an executor) if you have done anything which indicates that you have accepted the role so contact your probate practitioner as soon as possible.

If there is no Will, the situation is a little more complex. The Probate Registry will have to grant what is know as a Letter of Administration before any decisions on the estate can be taken. The grant of letters of administration appoints the administrators and authorises them to collect in the assets and pay debts. The grant cannot be applied for until the estate has been properly valued and any tax paid and there is nobody officially in charge until that point. Accordingly it can be more complex, time consuming and expensive than the position where the deceased person left a Will. Administrators are effectively governed by the intestacy rules. These rules establish the person or people entitled to take out the grant and who will inherit the estate. The complex rules can be explained in more details by Hodders Solicitor’s expert probate team. In many cases it will be the deceased person’s surviving spouse or civil partner and/or their children who are able to apply to be administrators.

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