At Libertas Wills we offer several types of Wills to make sure that you don’t need to go anywhere else.
These are designed for a single person or a couple and are tailored to your specific circumstances and wishes.
The Will is designed to increase your savings potential and offer you more protection for your property and possessions. You can also use your Trust Will to make sure that any dependants or loved ones who are vulnerable, are cared for in the way you want them to be.
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or make decisions on your behalf.
This gives you more control over what happens to you if, for example, you have an accident or an illness and can’t make decisions at the time they need to be made (you ‘lack mental capacity’). There are 2 types of LPA:
• Health and Welfare
• Property and Financial Affairs
Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about things like:
• Your daily routine, eg washing, dressing, eating
• Medical care
• Moving into a care home
• Life-sustaining treatment
It can only be used when you’re unable to make your own decisions.
Use this LPA to give an attorney the power to make decisions about money and property for you, for example:
• Managing a bank or building society account
• Paying bills
• Collecting benefits or a pension
• Selling your home
It can be used as soon as it’s registered, with your permission.
Once you are fully satisfied with our service and all of your Will Writing needs have been fulfilled, we can also offer you the opportunity to securely store your new legal documents at our storage facility. This gives you the peace of mind that your documents will not get lost or damaged and allows us to easily update your Will as and when you require us to.
Over 60% of people in England currently do not have any structure in place to deal with their affairs and possessions once they have passed away. A contributing factor to this is that many people think that a Will is something that can be put off and sorted out another day.
The only way to protect your family and property once you have passed, is to make sure that you have a Will.
Our Will writing experts are on hand to guide you through this process. However, before we can do that for you, you will need to consider what it is you will actually want to put in your Will. I’m not just talking about leaving possessions to loved ones but:
• Who do you want to receive your estate and in what shares?
• Who would you like to administer your wishes?
• Who would you like to manage any trusts you may have?
• Does your entire estate include property, possessions and savings accounts totalling more than the Inheritance Tax threshold?
Our fully qualified and trained staff with many years of experience are on hand to guide you through this process.
We not only provide you with guidance but we also offer:
• A continuing support line if you have any questions or would like to change your Will even after it has been written
• A six monthly support and “catch up” service whereby we will contact you to see if any of your circumstances have changed and to inform you of any changes in the law that may affect your Will
• A secure storage facility for your Wills
No this is not the case, in some circumstances it may be possible for the partner to receive funds. However, without a Will the courts will follow what they call the Laws of Intestacy. This is where the estate will follow the bloodline of the deceased.
It is always a good idea to amend your will with any life changing event. In the case of marriage, we can place a clause in your will stating that this is with the intention of getting married. However, if you get married and this clause is not in your Will, then you will need to update it otherwise, the Will will be invalid.
If it was that long ago, I would ask the question as to why you haven’t looked at your will to see if your circumstances have changed? After all, you may have moved from your previous address, had more children / grandchildren and your finances may have changed.
Get in touch with our dedicated team of Will Writers for a free consultation and see if there is anything that may benefit you.
Hopefully you would have accounted for this scenario with a substitute Executor, but in the event that you haven’t then either a relative, trusted friend or even a solicitor can either apply to the courts with evidence of this or you can approach your Will writer to amend your will which is the most time-efficient option. If the person who created the Will has passed away then, unfortunately, the process is not a quick one, which can lead to further costs and the courts can appoint an administrator to be appointed.
Although your circumstances change, it is always a good idea to follow this up by changing your Will as well. It only takes a few minutes of your time to speak to one of our consultants who can quickly amend your Will so that if the worst happens then your wishes are still followed.
If there is not a proper signature on the Will then it is effectively null and void. Until that signature is in place, the courts will not follow your direction and will go down the route of the Laws of Intestacy.
With all Wills that our stored with us, every Executor and spouse shall receive details of where the Wills are kept. In the event that you didn’t use us, then try and get in contact with whomever created the Will in the first place otherwise the Courts will decide on how the estate is distributed which is usually defined by the Laws of Intestacy.
When you get divorced your previous spouse gets effectively bypassed by the courts and so would effectively receive nothing. Although this does not mean they can’t challenge the court’s decision and can try and claim from your estate. We would urge anyone in this situation to contact us and amend your will so no confusion arises.