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Comprehensive Will Writing Service
At the most basic level, your Will is a legal document that tells everyone what you want to happen to your ‘estate’ – a term that encompasses your money, possessions and property –after you die.
A Will makes it much easier for your family or friends, saving them time and unnecessary stress at a difficult time, especially if you have children or other family who depend on you financially.
Without a correctly drafted Will your assets could easily end up in the wrong hands. We will assess your circumstances and what you wish to achieve and then advise you on the best and safest way to protect your loved ones.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
An LPA is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people (known as an ‘attorney’) to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to do so.
It’s essential to have this in place in case you have an accident or an illness that results in a lack of mental capacity and you being unable to make your own decisions.
Strict rules prevent you or someone you trust making decisions without one if you lose mental capacity.
You can give your chosen attorney(s) the power to make decisions about managing your bank or building society accounts, pay your bills, handle your benefits and pensions, and safeguard your property if you are no longer able to make them for yourself.
Without a correctly drafted Lasting Power of Attorney in place, your family would be unable to act on your behalf and the Courts would take control of your affairs.
We will advise you on the best way to structure your LPA to ensure that it offers the most protection and greatest flexibility if it is needed in the future.
Care Fee Planning
Every year tens of thousands of people lose their homes and savings because they have to go into long term care. With the cost of care often exceeding £1000 per week it’s not surprising that many people find that there is little left to leave their loved ones.
However well your Will has been drafted, it does nothing to protect you or your assets during your lifetime and can only leave your family what is left when you pass away.
If your assets, including your home and savings exceed £14,250, you will have to pay towards the cost of your care and if they exceed £23,250 you will be expected to pay for all of it.
With careful planning you can reduce the impact of care fees and have more to leave the people you care about most. Talk to us today about the best way to protect your estate for your family.
Inheritance Tax Planning
Inheritance tax can cost your beneficiaries huge amounts of cash when you die – potentially hundreds of thousands of pounds. In some cases, without proper planning, the Taxman can be the biggest beneficiary of an estate.
But there are legal planning options that can minimise the tax paid or avoid it completely. That’s why it’s often described as a voluntary tax.
Even if your estate is below the inheritance tax threshold it is important to consider how a legacy impacts the estate of your beneficiaries. Leaving things in the wrong way can often create inheritance tax bills that could easily be avoided.
Our experts can guide you through your options when it comes to avoiding inheritance tax.
“Inheritance Tax is a Voluntary Tax Paid by Those that Distrust their Relatives More than they Dislike Taxman” – Roy Jenkins MP
Business Succession Planning
Many business owners do not have a clear plan in place in the sad event that they become ill or die. This can often cause business failure or at the very least uncertainty and severe disruption to staff, customers and suppliers with bank accounts being frozen or closed.
But by working with Estate Planning Made Simple, company owners can develop a comprehensive plan to ensure that the business continues to trade smoothly by taking measures to ensure trading continuity and access to cashflow during the difficult transition period.