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    WILLS & PROBATE SOLICITORS

    Planning ahead for your families’ future is important to ensure your wishes are carried out correctly when you are gone; our specialist Wills & Probate team are here to guide you.

    Leaving a will allows you to provide clear instructions on how to administer your estate, and your wishes when you are gone; easing some stress for those left behind at what is a difficult time.

    Planning ahead can avoid the pitfalls of Inheritance Tax problems. Our team can advise on the most tax efficient ways to handle your estate in order to avoid any nasty surprises in the future.

    Alongside preparing your Will, our team can also assist you with the preparation of Powers of Attorney documents. This involves you appointing a person who can act as your Attorney who, in event that you become incapable of making important decisions due to illness or injury, can make these decisions on your behalf.

    What Our Experienced Wills & Probate Legal Team Can Help With:

    • Advice and help regarding a Will
    • Advice and help regarding Inheritance Tax Planning
    • Advice regarding the preparation of Trusts
    • Guidance and creation of Lasting Powers of Attorney
    • Specialist probate lawyers to Administer your Estate
    • The probate process

    Why Choose Our Wills & Probate Specialists:

    Providing a quality and personal service to both couples and individuals across Coventry and the West Midlands, our team of solicitors treat each and every client as an individual. We ensure we take the time to understand all aspects of a client’s needs and wishes, so they are carried out in the future.

    Book an appointment with us, or request a call back to speak to Wills & Probate Lawyers who genuinely care about your needs and interests.

    Call us now on 024 7655 5400 or 0800 158 5592

    Frequently Asked Questions…

    Who is entitled to see a will after death in the UK?2020-05-21T12:25:17+01:00

    In the UK prior to probate only those named as executors in the Will are entitled to see it, however, if for example you are a beneficiary, you can request of the executor to see the will, and in most cases they will allow this and explain what you have been left in the will. After the probate process, and probate is granted, the will becomes a public record and anyone can apply for a copy.

    What exactly does probate mean?2020-05-21T12:25:21+01:00

    Probate is the routine legal process undertaken which proves the validity of a Will after a person’s passing. Following a grant of probate being issued (acknowledging validity) the probate process encompasses the administration and distribution of the estate, and includes clearing debts. Probate is complete once all debts are cleared and the estate passed on to those inheriting.  

    What happens when you don’t have a Will?2020-05-21T12:26:12+01:00

    If you die without leaving behind a will it means you have passed away ‘intestate’ and as a result your estate which encompasses property, money and belongings, must be shared out according to the rules of intestacy. With intestate succession in the majority of cases your estate would be split between your surviving next of kin, be it your spouse, parents, children or siblings, but importantly not to an unmarried partner.

    Do you need a solicitor to write a Will?2020-05-21T12:26:31+01:00

    As with other legal documents, writing a will without a solicitor can result in mistakes or unclear elements which ultimately mean your will can not be actioned when you are gone, and your wishes not met. Even if you decide to write a will yourself it should still be checked over by a solicitor to help ensure your executor isn’t left with any issues to sort at a later date and to ensure it is legally valid. Utilising a solicitor has many benefits in addition to the legal validity including making sure you have had advice on inheritance tax, ensuring provisions are put in place to clear debts and the division of your estate is clear, concise and actionable. 

    How do I begin divorcing my partner?2020-07-15T10:50:14+01:00

    The first stage to obtaining a divorce is to check you can under the law, based upon an irretrievable breakdown of your marriage before you apply. To discuss your circumstances and the options open to you please contact our team.

    How much does a divorce/family law solicitor cost?2020-07-15T10:51:04+01:00

    In most cases we are able to offer a fixed fee service in respect of divorce proceedings. For other matters, such as resolving financial issues and arrangements for children, we are able to provide you with clear estimates of the cost of representation.

    How long does it take to get a divorce?2020-07-15T10:52:04+01:00

    Every divorce is different but on average a divorce can take between 6 and 8 months, however, if there are financial issues or other complications arising from a party being uncooperative it could take longer. 

    What is mediation?2020-07-15T10:52:42+01:00

    Mediation is a common way for spouses to come up with a divorce settlement together with the help of a third party. Less expensive than a court trial, a mediator isn’t bought in to make decisions for you, instead, they facilitate you and your spouse making arrangements for practicalities following your divorce, including child arrangements and division of assets. The core benefit of mediation is that it leaves you to agree together, and communicate what you both feel is an appropriate divorce settlement, as opposed to a court forcing a decision upon you. 

    What is an ‘irretrievable breakdown’?2020-07-15T11:09:30+01:00

    An irretrievable breakdown of a marriage is the only way in law in England under which a couple can qualify for a divorce. There are 5 ways in which an irretrievable breakdown can be demonstrated to the courts, these are adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, 2 years separation (with consent- so you both agree to a divorce) and a 5-year separation (no-consent, see below). 

    What types of personal injury claims do you deal with?2020-07-15T11:57:13+01:00

    We can help with all types of claims including the following:Accident at Work Claims

    Road Accident Claims

    Slip and Trip Claims

    Spinal Injury Claims

    Medical Negligence Claims

    Head Injury Claims

    Serious Injury Claims

    Sports Injuries

    Loss of Limbs

    Accidents on Cruise Ships

    Accidents on Airplanes

    Accidents Abroad

    Holiday Claims

    Fatal Accident Claims

    Defective Product Claims

    Mesothelioma Claims

    Motorbike Accident Claims

    Industrial Deafness Claims

    Criminal Injury Claims

    Industrial Injury Claims

    Repetitive Strain Injury Claims

    Vibration White Finger Claims

    Read more about the most common types of claims we deal with, click here.

    How long do you have to make a personal injury claim?2020-07-15T11:58:10+01:00

    Generally speaking if you’ve been injured in an accident or as a result of someone’s negligence, you can make a claim within 3 years from the date it occurred, or within  3 years of your date of knowledge; this is known as the ‘limitation period’. There are exceptions to this rule and sometimes shorter or longer limitation periods apply, so it is important that you speak to a personal injury lawyer without delay to ensure that you do not miss the limitation period.

    Should I file a Personal Injury Claim?2020-07-15T11:58:45+01:00

    If you’re unsure whether you should be seeking compensation as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault or as a result of someone’s negligence,you should seek legal advice as soon as possible; particularly if you have suffered physical and/or psychological injuries as a result. 

    Can you make a Claim for the Mental/Psychological Impact of an accident?2020-07-15T11:59:35+01:00

    When claiming for compensation as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault or as a result of someone’s negligence, as much emphasis is placed upon the psychological and mental effects as any physical injuries that you have suffered. These psychological symptoms can often include sleep deprivation, anxiety, depression, and change of personality. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should always notify your lawyer. 

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    Feel free to call Ward & Rider Solicitors Coventry on 02476 555400 to talk to one of our expert solicitors or to book a consultation.

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