Poole Alcock Wills & Probate Solicitors
Poole Alcock Wills & Probate solicitors understand that you need to plan ahead to help protect your assets. You need to have peace of mind that your wishes are respected and all measures are in place to avoid the government taking a substantial proportion of your hard-earned assets.
Why do I need a Will?
Making a will protects your interests when you pass away, and ensures that your loved ones receive what you want them to.
If you pass away without a will (sometimes referred to as intestate) your spouse, unmarried partner, children and other significant relations may not be guaranteed or entitled to their inheritance.
If you would like more information about making a will contact our specialist team for an appointment.
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are legal documents that allow you to authorise someone you trust to make decisions or act on your behalf.
There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:
Property and financial affairs – which can be used for setting up payments, handling bank affairs or dealing with property transactions. This can be used while you still have mental capacity which can be useful if you become less mobile or if you travel a lot.
Health and welfare – ensures your preferences for medical treatment and ongoing care are taken into account if you become unable to make decisions for yourself.
For your own protection it is important that Lasting Powers of Attorney are set up while you still have mental capacity and can prove that you are capable of making decisions yourself. Many people make the mistake of leaving it too late resulting in often costly and complicated issues for their loved ones to deal with.
If you would like advice on setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney contact our specialist team for an appointment.
What is Probate?
Probate is the legal term used to describe the process of dealing with the affairs of someone who has passed away. It can also be referred to as administering the estate of the deceased.
If you are appointed as the executor of somebody’s will or as an administrator for the estate of someone who has died intestate (without a will) you will be responsible for dealing with probate. This can be a complicated procedure at the best of times and particularly difficult whilst you are mourning the loss of a loved one.
We are able to advise you on all aspects of probate and, if required, can carry out the full administration on your behalf ensuring that you are not personally liable for any costs that may be incurred.
If you would like help with the administration of an estate please contact our specialist team for an appointment.