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If you are looking for help with wills & inheritance our specialist solicitors can help you. In addition to office meetings, we offer remote meetings by telephone or video if preferred. To discuss your options call us 24/7 on 0208 004 0065 or email us at hello@southgate.co.uk 

Wills & Inheritance

A will is a legal document that allows an individual (the testator) to specify how they want their property, assets, and possessions to be distributed after their death. 

Making a will is important because it ensures that your wishes regarding the distribution of your estate are followed after your death. It provides clarity and can help prevent disputes among family members. 

If someone dies without a will (intestate), their estate is distributed according to the rules of intestacy, which may not reflect their wishes. This can lead to complications and disputes among family members. 

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At southgate solicitors, we offer comprehensive assistance tailored to your needs throughout your Wills & Inheritance journey. Our team of experienced professionals understand the intricacies of family law and are dedicated to providing you with the expertise and support you need during what can be a daunting and highly emotional time.  We have Resolution members and also hold Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel Accreditation which demonstrates our knowledge, skill and expertise in this area of law. 

If you wish to read more about this area of law we have some frequently asked questions at the end of this page – feel free to scroll down to read more.

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FAQs

Any adult of sound mind can make a will. It’s advisable for individuals, especially those with significant assets or dependents, to have a will in place to ensure their wishes are carried out. 

A will can include instructions for the distribution of property, assets, money, personal belongings, and even instructions for the care of minor children or pets. It can also designate executors to carry out the instructions of the will. 

To be valid, a will must be in writing, signed by the testator (or someone else in their presence and at their direction), and witnessed by two independent witnesses who are present at the same time. 

Yes, a will can be changed or revoked at any time before the testator’s death. This can be done by creating a new will, making a codicil (an addition or amendment to the existing will), or by expressly revoking the will. 

Inheritance tax is a tax on the estate (property, money, and possessions) of someone who has died. In the UK, there is usually no inheritance tax to pay if the value of the estate is below the threshold, but tax may be due on the value above this threshold. 

Disputes over wills, known as contentious probate, may arise if there are concerns about the validity of the will, claims from individuals who believe they have not been adequately provided for, or disputes among beneficiaries. These disputes may be resolved through negotiation, mediation, or ultimately, through litigation in court. 

Yes, it is advisable to seek legal advice when making a will to ensure that it is legally valid, reflects your wishes accurately, and takes into account any relevant laws or regulations. A solicitor can provide guidance tailored to your specific circumstances and help minimize the risk of disputes or complications after your death. 

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