Unfortunately, disputes over Wills and inheritance claims are not uncommon, and are naturally extremely stressful for those involved. Not having a Will or not having a watertight Will can leave your loved ones vulnerable to disputes and inheritance claims when you die.
The good news is there are steps you can take today to protect loved ones in the future, when you’re no longer around to take care of them yourself.
Making a Will is the best way to cut the risk of future disputes and inheritance claims following your death.
Without a Will, your estate will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy which state spouses/civil partners and/or immediate family inherit – but not necessarily in the way you would like them to and with the real risk of loved ones being excluded. If someone feels they should have inherited or have inherited more, it could lead to inheritance claims being made against the estate.
A professionally drafted Will reduces the likelihood of disputes or claims at a later date. One that is clearly written, expressing exactly how you wish your estate to be divided, and done so at a sensible time – not when you are poorly, for example, or under possible external pressures – is less likely to be challenged. Furthermore, should any disputes or claims arise, a watertight Will is far more likely to be successful than a home-made one or a Will written during a period of personal vulnerability.
Our specialist Wills and probate solicitors have the experience and friendly approach to assist you with making a Will or with handling a dispute or inheritance claim.
With our guidance, your Will shall express all your wishes for your estate after you die, including the assets you want to distribute, how and to whom; who you want the executors to be; details of any trusts; and additional details such as funeral arrangements and special gifts for individuals or charities.
We also advise on tax implications to ensure your loved ones inherit as much as possible.
Your professionally written Will protects your family and friends in the future, and reduces the risk of inheritance claims both from arising and from being ultimately successful.
For advice on writing your Will or with handling Will disputes or inheritance claims, please contact us to arrange a face-to-face consultation with one of our specialist solicitors at our Bartletts Solicitors Hoole office at Martins Bank Chambers, 31 Hoole Road, Chester CH2 3NF.
You can contact our specialist solicitors on 01244 311 633, FREEPHONE 0800 988 3674 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can arrange to see a specialist solicitor at any of our branches across Chester and Wrexham.
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