Wills & Probate


Making a Will

Planning a holiday this year? Travelling on business? Have you ever stopped to think about what would happen to your family if something happened to you?

If you are ready to make your Will, we can explain all the options available to you and will help you find the solutions that are right for you and your family. We have experience of tax-efficient ways of preserving your family’s assets and an understanding of the complex nature of family dynamics in today’s modern world.

We offer a free initial 30 minute appointment, with free parking and easy access, ground floor offices. One of our solicitors is also available to meet with you at your home, to fit in with your commitments. As a small firm, Michael Smith & Co is able to offer competitive prices, with a one-off fee to cover the entire process including storing your Will indefinitely, free of charge. A draft Will can be produced very quickly, even by telephone or email, and amendments made if required.

We can also advise on trusts and more complex matters.

Probate

Probate takes place when a person’s estate needs to be collected together and distributed, following their death. Each estate is different and we use our experience to take you through this process step-by-step, advising you on who needs to be contacted and how to obtain the information you need. Although probate often takes place at a difficult time, we can reduce your stress by helping you gather in the estate, pay any debts and taxes and distribute to the beneficiaries.

Powers of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint a person to act in your best interests in your personal affairs at a time that you may not be able to, such as if you are out of the country or are in hospital.

There are different Powers, depending on your circumstances:

  • Simple
  • Lasting
  • Trustee Act application

We can advise you on the most suitable and the cost for preparing it.

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