Making a Will is something that many of us don’t want to think about.
However, without a valid Will in place, the law will decide who receives your estate and in what proportions, regardless of your wishes. At Henriques Griffiths, we understand how difficult this subject can be to discuss. That’s why we aim to make the process as simple and smooth as possible, protecting your interests through a clear and valid Will.
Our dedicated team are passionate about helping our clients through difficult times, which is why we offer assistance to Executors responsible for administering the estate of a loved one. When you instruct one of our Wills and Probate solicitors, we will provide as much assistance as you require, ensuring no stone is left unturned.
How do I create a Will?
The process involved with writing a Will is fairly straightforward – however, mistakes in drafting the document or in signing it could result in your Will being declared invalid. Should this occur, it will have the same effect as leaving no Will in place at all: that is to say, your estate will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy and may pass to people you would not have chosen yourself.
In order to create a valid Will, your first step should be to get in touch with an expert Wills and Probate solicitor. When you instruct a member of the team at Henriques Griffiths, we’ll take the time to understand your unique requirements, individual circumstances and objectives regarding your estate. From here, we will determine the best way of protecting your interests and safeguarding your assets after you’re gone. Once you have reached a decision on what to include in your Will, we will take care in drafting it for you.
After your Will has been signed, we will make a copy to give to you and we will store the original safely in our offices. In order for the Will to be valid, you must sign it in the presence of two independent witnesses. Once you have signed the Will the witnesses will also sign the document, making your Will valid.
Should you wish to change the contents of your Will at any point, you can do so by getting in touch with our team. The process will be the same, and the Will must be signed as above in order to for it to be valid.
What is probate?
The term ‘probate’ is commonly used to describe the estate administration process that takes place following a person’s death. This comes from the “Grant of Probate”, a legal document that gives the Executor of the Will the authority to manage the affairs of the deceased. Once the Grant is to hand the Executor can collect in the assets falling into the estate; settle any liabilities and, ultimately, distribute the estate to those beneficiaries named in the Will.
What are the responsibilities of the Executor?
Where the deceased has left a Will behind, it’s likely that they will have appointed a friend or relative to be the Executor. The role of the Executor is to ensure the estate of the deceased is distributed in accordance with the Will. Often, an Executor will instruct a legal professional to help with the estate administration, as going it alone can be a time-consuming and stressful task, especially during bereavement.
How can Henriques Griffiths’ Wills and Probate solicitors help you?
Every day, our expert team of Wills and Probate solicitors offer specialist advice to clients looking to plan ahead and protect their interests. From our extensive experience in working with people from all walks of life, we have developed a tailored approach in our service. That means that we will always place great importance in gaining an understanding of your individual situation, allowing us to determine the best solution to meet your requirements.
At Henriques Griffiths, we believe in keeping things simple. When it comes to matters such as estate planning we will always explain your options in plain English, allowing you to make an informed decision when it matters the most. Whether you need assistance in drafting your Will or you’re seeking a helping hand through the process of estate administration, you can rely on our dedicated team to guide you through.
For expert legal advice on Wills and estate planning or practical support through an estate administration, get in touch with the team of Wills and Probate solicitors at Henriques Griffiths today.