Wills & Probate
We want your Will to properly represent your wishes and protect the future of your family and business.
rhw’s Private Client team consists of Edward Pennington and Heather Cutler . rhw have the Law Society Wills & Inheritance Quality (WIQS) accreditation.
With a professionally drawn Will you can be sure that:
- Your chosen loved ones will be provided for (this is particularly important for unmarried couples as a surviving partner does not have the same legal inheritance rights as a surviving spouse)
- Suitable executors/trustees have been chosen to administer your estate and (if necessary) manage assets held on trust for your children
- Guardians have been appointed for your children
- Your Will is as inheritance tax efficient as possible
Each Will is tailor-made so as to be appropriate to that client’s financial and personal circumstances. We see our job as not only taking instructions but also putting forward suggestions and encouraging clients to consider options they had not previously thought of.
We want your Will to continue to protect your interests after you have passed on. To this end we do not offer a cheap, one size fits all service. We have witnessed, on too many occasions, what can occur to badly or inappropriately drawn up Wills when they are contested.
We understand that making a Will can be quite daunting, so our aim is to be friendly and approachable while providing a professional service. Clients are encouraged to ask questions and understand fully the document they are signing.
Administering the estate of a loved one whilst at the same time going through the grieving process can be extremely stressful. We have written a short guide to the whole Probate process.
Having professional help with the estate administration lifts a burden from the executors or next of kin and an independent presence can also be helpful where there may be conflict between family members.
It is our aim to deal with the administration efficiently and to make the task as straightforward as possible. As experienced probate practitioners, we are alert for tax saving opportunities and can advise on your options.
The partners of the firm are also willing to act as personal representatives if there are no relatives or close friends who can undertake the task.
We charge for estate administration on the basis of the time we spend on the matter. We do not charge a percentage of the value of the estate.
If you have been quoted a fixed fee for a probate matter, speak to us before you accept it. Often fixed fee deals are considerably more expensive than the alternative!
rhw also specialise in contested probate and the long term care of the elderly.