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Legal News | 21.07.22

Let a solicitor take the heat…

On Tuesday the UK saw the hottest day on record, with a temperature of 40.3 degrees Celsius recorded. With it, we received warnings to stay indoors where possible, reminders to stay hydrated and countless fan and air conditioning advertisements. Now, we bring you a (tenuously) linked Private Client article to add to the mix.

Dealing with your personal affairs, whether during your lifetime or after death, can bring a lot of stress (or, dare we say it, ‘heat’). See below for various tricky situations where a Private Client solicitor may be able to help…

Making a Will where your wishes may not prove popular?
A solicitor can assist you in setting out your reasoning for making various decisions, so that you can clearly express your thoughts and motivations behind your Will. Doing so might help in the future should an individual wish to challenge your Will.

Of course, we can also assist you in preparing a clear and valid Will, which is executed correctly, so that your executors have as straightforward a job as is possible after your death.

Completing Lasting Powers of Attorney
A solicitor can assist you when preparing these notorious documents. Clients often approach us having attempted to prepare these documents themselves but having found that they are far less straightforward than anticipated.

We deal with these documents regularly. We can prepare them for you, having taken your instructions, and will help to demystify the signing process. We can also liaise with the Office of the Public Guardian on your behalf.

Estates and tense relations
There are a whole host of areas where a solicitor can help after someone has died. Tax, which documents are required, the Land Registry, whether a Grant of Probate is required… the list of considerations goes on.

One logistical benefit of involving a solicitor is that they are a neutral third party, who can ease communication between executors and beneficiaries. This is particularly useful where relations are tense.

Please get in touch with your usual contact at Wansbroughs or email us at wealth@wansbroughs.com if any of the above rings true for you. We would be happy to help (although unfortunately, we cannot assist with the heatwave!).


Posted By Our Wills, Tax, Trusts & Probate Team