Wills & Probate
rhw’s Private Client team consists of Edward Pennington and Heather Cutler with assistance on contested matters from Mark Ridley. 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 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 that can be found HERE.
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.
If probate is contested, rhw have a resident specialist in Mark Ridley.
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.
rhw also specialise in contested probate and the long term care of the elderly.