Wills & Probate Solicitors in Lancaster, Garstang and Longridge
Our solicitors' team has over 40 years’ experience in drafting Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts, and Deputyship Applications, as well as in dealing with the administration of estates and obtaining Grants of Probate. With a no-nonsense, pragmatic approach, our expert team are always on-hand to provide you with the advice that you need.
Your first consultation with one of our Solicitors in Lancaster, Garstang or Longridge is free of charge, and all of our services are offered on a fixed-fee basis.
So, why hesitate? Enquire today.
Wills & Trusts
It's never too early to start looking after your family or loved ones.
If you die without leaving a Will, your estate will be shared out according to the Laws of Intestacy: this can be complicated, taking months or even years, and can often be at a great expense.
However, there is no need to worry.
MG Legal's expert team can draft your Will as quickly as you need it. So, whether you would like your Will completing the same day, or you would like to consider your options for longer, our expert team are here to handle your matter as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.
And remember, we’re not just experts at drafting Wills! Our team can provide specialist advice on all aspects of Trusts.
A Trust is normally established as part of a Will, and has many benefits, such as:-
Provisions can be made for those without capacity, to ensure that they do not lose their means-tested benefits. For example, a person who suffers with a disability.
A minor cannot benefit from an estate, so it allows them to receive funds for specific purposes, such as education.
You can protect your assets from third parties, by placing your property into Trust.
Don’t hesitate – contact us today for your free half-hour consultation. Unlike many solicitors, our team actually listen to your needs!
Our fees for drafting a Will are £140.00 plus VAT for a single Will, or £240.00 plus VAT for 'mirror' Wills (when a spouse, civil partners or partners make a Will).
Contesting a Will
At MG Legal we know that not every Will may reflect what the Testator or Testatrix (the person writing the Will) wanted. And not every Will will reflect what the beneficaries or family members of the deceased thought was going to happen.
The grounds which can be used to contest a Will, include:
Testamentary capacity - the legal term used to describe whether a person is legally cabale of making a Will.
Lack of valid execution - whether the Testator and/or executors had signed/witnessed the Will in the correct way.
Lack of knowledge and approval - when the Will has been signed in suspicious circumstances, or when the Testator does not necessarily know what the contents of the Will is.
Undue influence - when the Testator has been coerced into signing the Will. For example, if they have been threatened that if they do not sign, something bad will happen.
Fraudulent Wills and forged Wills - if someone signs a Will on behalf of another person to make themselves the beneficary, or if someone changes their Will as they believe the lies of another.
Rectification and construction claims - if the person who drafted the Will, such as a solicitor, has failed to understand the true instructions of the Testator, or the wording contained within the Will is ambigous.
MG Legal's specialist team can provide you with first-class advice on your matter, and can guide and assist you throughout the process -if you think you have been left out of a Will, then contact us for your free initial consultation. We'll do our very best to assist!
Other Ways to Claim
Not all claims arise from one of the above issues. The rules of Intestacy dictate who should inherit from an estate when a person dies. However, not everyone who writes a Will follows these Rules.
You don't just have to be the child of the deceased to make a claim. If you were the spouse of the deceased, or the former spouse (who has not re-married), you could also make a claim. Also, unlike in family law, the co-habitee of the deceased can also claim if you have lived with the deceased for at least two years prior to their death.
So, don't let your loved ones' estate be dealt with incorrectly.
Call MG Legal today at your local office to find out how we can help you contest a Will.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
Making our own decisions is something that most of us take for granted. Decisions affecting our health and finances are paramount to how we live our lives, and we can appear lost when the power to make decisions is taken away from us.
Unfortunately, however, there might come a time when you, or a loved one, are unable to think, and ...
MG Legal are experts in drafting and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs), both Health and Welfare decisions (including social care issues, and medical related decisions), and Property & Financial decisions (including decisions relating to stocks, property decisions, banking, etc).
We can advise you on restrictions that you, as the Donor, may wish to impose upon your Attorney (your decision maker), and what conditions can be imposed on the manaagement of your affairs to help you stay in control of your life.
We offer simple, no rush, jargon-free advice, in comfortable surroundings.
Don't let the management of your affairs worry you; contact MG Legal today to take control of your life.
Our fees for Lasting Power of Attorney drafting are £250.00 plus VAT per document (Financial or Health and Welfare), or £400.00 plus VAT for both documents. If you and your spouse or partner are both making both types of Lasting Power of Attorney (so four in total), our fixed fee is £750.00 plus VAT.
There is a registration fee of £82.00 per document, payable to the Office of the Public Guardian, however you may be eligible for a fee remission or reduction, depending on your personal circumstances.
One stage further then a Lasting Power of Attorney, once a person’s mental capacity has deteriorated to the point that they cannot sign a Lasting Power of Attorney, then you may need to make an application to the Court of Protection to get the legal permission required to look after that person’s finances.
The Court of Protection exists to safeguard vulnerable people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.
These decisions may relate to the person’s finances or their health and welfare. You can apply to become someone’s deputy if they ‘lack mental capacity’. This means they can’t make a decision for themselves at the time it needs to be made.
People may lack mental capacity because, for example:
• they’ve had a serious brain injury or illness
• they have dementia
• they have severe learning disabilities
As a deputy, you’ll be authorised by the Court of Protection to make decisions on their behalf.
Estates & Probate
When a loved one dies, the last thing that you want to think about is how you are going to deal with their estate. However, no matter how big or small their estate is, it is important that their estate is dealt with correctly.
If your loved one has died leaving a Will often, before their named executor or executors (some known as their Trustees) can act, they need to obtain a Grant of Probate. This is a Court sealed document which is issued by the Probate Registry, granting power to act to named individuals, usually between one and three people. This document can be used as proof for banks, mortgage companies, and other financial institutions that any executor has a right to deal with the assets of the deceased.
If your loved one did not leave a Will, or one cannot be produced, a close relative of the deceased (quite often the next of kin), will need to apply for Letters of Administration. With a similar process to applying for a Grant of Probate (but unfortunately, it can be a bit more expensive), the Letters of Administration are used in place of a Grant of Probate so that you can deal with your loved ones' estate.
MG Legal can help keep costs fixed so that they don't run away with you. Call our specialist team today for your free half-hour consultation.
For an uncontested Probate application, our fees are £550.00 plus VAT. This includes drafting documents, attending upon you and dealing generally with the application for a Grant of Probate. For information about our fees for dealing with a contested Probate, or administration of the estate of the deceased, contact us on 01772 783 314.
Not only do we deal with the matters listed, we can also deal with a variety of other Wills & Probate matters, such as:-
Severing the Tenancy on Properties
Administration of an Estate
Professional Negligence Claims in Wills, Trusts & Estates advice
Deputyship & Attorney disputes
Contested Estates (also known as contentious probate)
Variation of Wills
Personal Injury Trusts
If your enquiry is not listed, then don't worry - we can deal with a variety of matters, just give us a call to enquire today.
In an increasingly impersonal market, filled with do-it-yourself Will packs and ever-increasing costs, MG Legal's expert team provide an affordable, professionally- drafted alternative. Although it can be made to seem simple online and on television, at MG Legal we understand that, to you, every decision that you make requires careful consideration: we are here to give you that.
Make or amend your Will with MG Legal from just £75.00: We can provide you with the expert advice that you need, and can help you to consider different options available to you to protect your future, and those of your loved ones.
Do you already have a Will? Not just expert Will drafters, MG Legal's team can provide you with advice and guidance on Lasting Powers of Attorney (both Financial Affairs and Health & Care Decisions), Trusts (Property, Disabled Trusts and Life Trusts, amongst others) and Probate matters (including disputes relating to estates, and obtaining a Grant of Probate in relation to a deceased's estate).
Contact us today to discuss your matter further.
We offer fixed-fees and home visits, by appointment, for all areas of Wills and Probate.
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