Getting your affairs in order…
Planning for your future can be a difficult and upsetting exercise; at Butterworths, we aim to make the process straightforward and hassle-free.
The private client team can give you advice regarding the preparation of your Will, whether this is straightforward or of a more complex nature.
Perhaps you want to consider preparing a lasting power of attorney, to ensure someone you trust can make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. We can also assist when someone lacks capacity but has not made a power of attorney, and an application is required to the Court of Protection. Our service consists of a comprehensive review of your individual needs so we can tailor your will to your exact requirements.
Do you need a will?
If you die without a Will, then the Laws of Intestacy will decide who inherits your money and assets.
Whom your wealth will go to is dependant on several factors, such as whether you are married or have children.
If you are not married or in a civil partnership but cohabiting with your partner, and have children the Laws of Intestacy state that the children will inherit all of the estates, and if they are under 18, then the estate will be held in trust until they turn 18.
If the scenario is the same, but you do not have children, then all the estate will be split equally between your parents. If you do not have any living parents, then it will be divided between your siblings, or half-brother and half-sisters. If you do not have half brother or sisters, then it will be aunts/uncles and so forth, until a blood relative is located.
If there is no surviving blood relative, then the estate is left to the crown.
If you have separated from your spouse or civil partner but not yet divorced or dissolved, then ex-partners could claim your estate if you do not make or re-draft your Will to exclude them.
Children you have from a previous relationship may not receive anything, and children you have under 18 may be taken into care if you have nominated who should look after them.
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
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