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Wills And Probate Team

Wills And Probate

At ESN we know how important it is to give your loved ones a secure future and how much of a weight is lifted once you begin making plans.

Our Probate, Wills and Trusts team have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and can offer you a caring and sympathetic service at what can be an emotional time.

From start to finish our specialist solicitors will work efficiently to get you the best result. Whether you are creating or contesting a Will, seeking a grant of probate, or simply want to look ahead and plan financially – we can guide you through the legal jargon and take away the stress.

Probate

When somebody dies and has left a Will, they will usually have named one or more people to act as ‘executor’ or ‘trustee’ who will deal with their estate. If this is you, we can advise on whether you need to apply for a grant of probate – a legal document, which gives you permission to administer the deceased’s estate.

Where there is no Will (known as dying intestacy), it is a more complicated process, but we can advise you on your entitlement, relevant intestacy laws, and how to go about making an application for a grant of letters of administration.

Whatever the outcome, we are qualified to direct you of any appropriate variation to limit possible inheritance tax liability.

Wills

Making a Will ensures that your last wishes are honoured and secures a future for your family and loved ones. It ensures that there are no disputes between family members about who should get what and protects your estate from being subject to increased Inheritance Tax. We can guide you on such legal implications and the use of Will Trusts to retain flexibility and protect your assets.

It is important that you seek specialist legal advice when considering writing a Will to ensure that your assets pass onto those who you intend to benefit after your death. Without one, intestacy rules dictate who will inherits what, so your spouse/civil partner, relatives, friends, or charities, may get nothing.

ESN submit your Will on Certainty – the national Wills register, endorsed by the Law Society, for which you receive an official certificate of confirmation.

If you are a beneficiary of a Will, we can also counsel you on your entitlement. During the administration of the estate, we will keep you fully up-to-date and are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint one or more ‘Attorneys’ to act on your behalf, or help you make decisions, if ever you are not capable of doing so in the future.

Anyone aged over 18 with mental capacity can appoint an LPA, which replaced Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) in 2007. Although it seems morbid to think about, should the worst ever happen; you can rest assured that your affairs will be taken care of.

There are two types of LPAs – one dealing with property and finance, while the other covers your health and welfare. Whether you have a valid EPA or LPA, our team at ESN has many years experience.

Court of Protection

The Court of Protection is a specialist Court for all issues relating to people who no longer have the mental capacity to make specific decisions and an LPA/ EPA has not previously been made. We can advise and assist relatives with the complicated procedure to deal with an application for appointing a ‘Deputy’, who will deal with the affairs of that person or ‘Donor’.

We specialise in:

– Making and changing a Will
– Contesting a Will
– Probate
– Administration of a deceased estate
– Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)
– Court of Protection
– Care home and Care fees planning

Contact Us

ESN Solicitors

267-271 High Street

Erdington, Birmingham

B23 6SR

T: 0121 377 7773

F: 0121 377 6621

E: info@esnsolicitors.com

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Contact Us

ESN Solicitors

267-271 High Street

Erdington, Birmingham

B23 6SR

T: 0121 377 7773

F: 0121 377 6621

E: info@esnsolicitors.co.uk

Social Media

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