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Wills, Probate and Tax

Wills, Probate and Tax

As many as six out of ten adults in the UK do not have a will. There are real advantages to having a will drawn up professionally. Without a will, your assets may not benefit the people you wish to provide for in the event of your death. In particular, clients need to consider whether they wish those other than blood relatives to benefit from their estate, such as a partner. It is often necessary to set up a trust or to provide for the appointment of guardians for children.  A professionally prepared will gives peace of mind with the knowledge that your wishes will be followed.

At MacLachlan we can prepare a will for you and give advice on the best ways to reduce any Inheritance Tax payable on your estate. With the dramatic increases in property values over the past few years many more estates have become subject to the payment of Inheritance Tax and our lawyers will be able to suggest ways in which this burden on those benefiting from your estate may be reduced.

Probate & Estate Administration

We deal with all aspects of estate administration and act for executors and personal representatives as well as acting in those capacities ourselves as professional executors and trustees.

Following a death we can give advice and assistance at this difficult time and ensure that the correct procedures are followed to prevent further concerns for those acting as executors or representatives.

We also deal with the following:-

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Court of Protection issues
  • Living Wills
  • Wills and inheritance disputes
  • Creation and operation of trusts
  • Advice for the elderly