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We all want to plan for the future. Whether you want to make a will, help an elderly relative or manage a deceased family member's estate, we can help.

We understand how difficult it can be to make these arrangements, and our friendly, professional solicitors will explain each stage of the process without the jargon.

On most occasions we can provide you with a free initial consultation on how we can help. This will depend on the circumstances, and if you would like us to advise on a situation for which you can provide information and evidence, there will be a charge.

We can help with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Trusts
  • Estate administration
  • Probate
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney

For more information please contact Wajid Darr on 0117 971 6765 or email wajidd@cps-sols.co.uk. In the meantime, see our Wills, Probate & LastingPowers of Attorney FAQ below.

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An elderly client lost his wife after her battle with cancer. He came to see us feeling utterly distraught, and told us that he'd been married to his childhood sweetheart for over thirty years. They had children and she had left a will.

We began by explaining the process of dealing with the initial issues that would arise, such as funeral costs and the Probate process.

Wajid, one of our most experienced solicitors, assisted by giving him details of contacts in the area that might be able to help, such as funeral directors, and requested the original will and death certificate to be forwarded to the firm. Wajid suggested that the matter be undertaken after the funeral and the client agreed.

When the client returned Wajid explained the process of applying for a Grant of Probate in great detail. The circumstances were such that there were various assets and liabilities to be administered and Wajid undertook this on the client's behalf.

Firstly, a list of the assets and liabilities were made and the solicitor dealt with the payment of the funeral costs. This took a huge amount of pressure off the client, who was finding it difficult to cope with so many things happening in such a short period of time.

Wajid was able to explain exactly what was required and keep him informed on a regular basis. He was given regular updates and kept informed about the costs.

Once the Grant of Probate was obtained and the estate administered, the client explained that he would not have known what to do without our help. He was very grateful to have found someone that would not only act professionally and guide him through the process, but also understand the personal and practical issues that arise from the death of a loved one.

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What is a will?

In its simplest form, a will is a legal tool that allows you to decide what will happen to your estate, (your money, property and assets) in the event of your death.

Why do I need a will?

Making a will not only helps provide for your family's future but allows you to specify exactly where you want your money and possessions to go.

If you have children under 18, a will can incorporate financial arrangements and deal with the appointment of guardians, trusts and so on.

Making a will may also allow you to minimise the tax payable on your death, which is often essential for those who own property.

How much does it cost to make a will?

The cost of making a will is slight in comparison to the benefits and savings you and your family can make and in many cases we can offer a fixed fee.

Does my will last forever?

Technically, yes; once your will is in place it's there for life. However, we strongly advise our clients to review it every few years to incorporate major changes in your circumstances, such as buying a new property, separating from you partner, entering a new marriage or civil partnership.

What do I need to do when a member of my family passes away?

This is a very difficult time and it may suddenly seem that there is a mountain of urgent tasks that need your attention.

The first thing you need to do it to register the death and notify the deceased's solicitor. The will may contain special directions regarding the funeral and burial or cremation.

At this stage, however, the undertaker is the person on whom you will probably rely most heavily, and he can, if you wish, organise nearly everything for you from the funeral itself right down to the smallest detail such as flowers. He is there to help and often it is easier to employ him to complete all the necessary tasks such as filling in the various forms relating to either cremation or burial, and putting notices in newspapers, if required.

You should contact us, as your solicitors, as soon as you wish to do so as the sooner you instruct us the sooner we can start the administration process.

What is a trust?

A trust is a legal arrangement that allows a person to leave their assets in the care of one or more people. Those people then manage those assets for the benefit of the people or organisations that you support, i.e. your beneficiaries.

Are there different types of trust?

Essentially there are five types of modern trust, which are:

  • Discretionary Trust
  • Accumulation and Maintenance Trust
  • Life-interest Trust
  • Protected Trust
  • Bare Trust

You can find more information on each type of trust please see our resources section.

For all Trust matters, please contact Chris Payne at c.payne@cps-sols.co.uk or Claire Davis at c.davis@cps-sols.co.uk or at our West Town Lane office on 0117 971 6765.

What is probate?

If you are named as the executor of someone's will, you need a 'Grant of Probate' to give you authority to deal with their affairs.

What does lasting power of attorney mean?

A 'Lasting Power of Attorney' is a legal document that lets you appoint someone, often a relative or close friend, to make decisions on your behalf.

When would I need a lasting power of attorney?

If you are unable to look after your own affairs for any reason, through old age, an accident or illness, you need a lasting power of attorney so that your family can step in and manage your welfare. Without a lasting power of attorney, the state will be in charge of making these decisions.

Do you have more questions?

Please contact Wajid Darr on 0117 971 6765 or email wajidd@cps-sols.co.uk and we will be happy to arrange an free initial consultation to help answer your questions.

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