- 26 January 2023
Many people put off making a Will or planning for future incapacity as they simply don’t want to think about these issues. However, failing to put in place the right plans can leave your loved ones in a difficult position when you pass away or if you lose the ability to manage your own affairs.
It is therefore essential start planning for the future as soon as possible to give you and your loved one’s peace of mind.
Our Wills, trusts and probate solicitors in Chelmsford offer an empathetic, understanding approach, designed to make it as easy and hassle-free as we can to deal with these sensitive issues. We have particular experience dealing with elderly and vulnerable people, so can ensure you have all the support you need to feel confident your best interests are being protected.
Our probate and estate administration team can guide you through the entire process of dealing with the estate of a loved one who has passed away. Whether you have been named as the Executor of a Will or your loved one died without leaving a Will, we can provide the expert advice and guidance you need to discharge your duties with complete confidence.
Speak to our Wills, trusts and probate solicitors in Chelmsford now by calling 01245 493 959 or use the contact form on the right to request a call back.
Our Wills, Trusts and Probate lawyers in Chelmsford offer a range of services for individuals and families throughout the City of Chelmsford district, across Essex and throughout the wider East of England.
Our Will writing solicitors in Chelmsford work with people from all backgrounds to create Wills for everything from straightforward estates to those that are much more complex.
Whether you need to create a new Will or update an existing Will, we can guide you through the entire process, making sure nothing is overlooked and that your wishes are clearly recorded.
For more information, please take a look at our guide to making a Will.
If you have been named as the Executor of a Will or need to gain control of the estate of a loved one who died without leaving a Will, our probate and estate administration lawyers in Chelmsford can help.
We can provide exactly as much help and support as your need, whether that be advising on specific issues, such as securing Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration, or managing the entire probate and estate administration process for you.
A Trust can be the ideal way to protect assets, often for the purposes of passing them to your children or other loved ones and minimising your estate’s liability for inheritance tax. However, trusts can also be of more immediate benefit, e.g. ring-fencing a compensation payment to protect your entitlement to certain benefits.
Our trusts solicitors in Chelmsford can advise you on all aspects of creating and managing trusts, helping to ensure your assets are protected and your loved ones are taken care of, now and in the future.
A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to nominate a trusted person or several people to make decisions about your affairs if you one day lose the mental capacity to do so yourself. This can help to ensure you get all the support you need in the future and that your needs are met.
There are two kinds of Lasting Power of Attorney you can create:
Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney – Giving your attorney or attorneys the power to decide things such as your medical care, whether to use life-sustaining treatment, whether to move you into a care home and day-to-day issues, such as around washing, dressing and eating.
Property & Financial Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney – Giving your attorney or attorneys power over decisions relating to issues such as managing your bank or building society account, collecting your pension or other income, paying pills and selling your home.
If a loved one has already lost the capacity to manage their own affairs and they have not set up a Lasting Power of Attorney, you can apply to the Court of Protection to become their deputy. This will give you the authority to make decisions on your loved ones behalf about specific issues where they need support.
There are two types of Court of Protection deputyship you can apply for:
Property and financial affairs deputyship – Giving you the power to take care of issues such as collecting a pension or other income, paying bills and selling property.
Personal welfare deputyship – Giving you the power to make decisions about your loved one’s medical treatment and general care.
For sensitive, practical support and advice with any aspect of Wills, Trusts and Probate, please speak to our solicitors in Chelmsford today. Simply call 01245 493 959 to discuss your needs and arrange an appointment or use the contact form on the right to request a call back.
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