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Estate planning

Estate planning

Although most of us would rather avoid thinking about it, we all need to make plans for dealing with the assets we leave behind when we die. Taking the time now to prepare and implement an estate plan can save a lot of time, money, and heartache for those you leave behind. We can provide you with legal advice on preparing and putting that estate plan in place, assist with the administration of estates after death and we can also advise and represent you if you have not been provided for adequately in a will.

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Our Estate Planning Team can advise on:

  • Drafting your will
  • The advantages and disadvantages a family trust would have for your estate plan
  • Enduring powers of attorney
  • Relationship property agreements
  • Gifting

Please contact Matthew Peploe or Sandra Braithwaite for further advice

Our Estate Administration Team can assist with:

  • Obtaining a grant of probate or letters of administration
  • Negotiating and documenting family arrangements to vary the terms of a will
  • The administration of estates

Please contact Sue Addison for further advice

Our Estate Disputes Team can represent you to:

  • Challenge a will maker’s capacity
  • Make a claim when you have not been provided for adequately in the will including claims under the Family Protection Act and the Property (Relationships) Act
  • Defend claims as an Executor or make claims against Executors

Please contact Sarah Rawcliffe, Jessica Gilby-Todd or Laura Fischer for further advice

Read our articles on estate planning

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When drafting your will, an important consideration is who to appoint as testamentary guardian for any minor children. Before appointing a testamentary guardian it’s important to know the role they will play in your child’s life should you die, and any restrictions on their powers. This article explores the role of a testamentary guardian.

I’ve been cut out of their Will… what now?

If you have been excluded from your parent’s Will, or left a very small gift, you may have the right to challenge the Will. Estate specialist Jessica Gilby-Todd provides you with a summary of your rights.
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