Wills & Probate

Most people put off making a will but doing so is a lot less painful than you think and it provides peace of mind for you and those you leave behind.

A will doesn’t just deal with the division of your assets on death. You can decide who will have the responsibility of administering your estate, you decide who will take guardianship of your young children, you can decide what will happen to your body once you are no longer here and you can even include any specific funeral wishes.

A professionally drafted will gives clarity and certainty to the people you leave behind at a time of sadness.

CM Solicitors also provide our wills clients with fully comprehensive inheritance tax advice.

Without a will the division of your assets will be decided by the Rules of Intestacy which are decided by the Government.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Whilst we can be sure that we will one day no longer be here we cannot be sure that we will always be able to make decisions for ourselves.

A Lasting Power of Attorney document drafted by CM Solicitors gives you the opportunity to decide who will have the responsibility to take decisions for you if you are no longer able to take the decisions yourself.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:

A Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Finance – This allows your chosen Attorney’s to take decisions for you, regarding any properties you own, your savings and investments.

 A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare – This allows your chosen Attorney’s to take decisions regarding your care and treatment. You can also decide whether or not to allow them to take the decision regarding end of life care.

A Lasting Power of Attorney may only be drafted and executed if the donor has the capacity to do so.

Court of Protection Applications

If a loved one, a friend or family member no longer has the capacity to take decisions for themselves and has not legally appointed an Attorney using a Lasting Power of Attorney document you can still assist them by instructing CM Solicitors to make an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed their Deputy on your behalf.

The outcome remains the same in that you will be able to take decisions for your friend or relative,  however, the difference is that your authority comes from a Court Order.

Administration of Estates

The death of a loved one or close friend can be a very upsetting and traumatic time. Let our probate experts take the stress out of the situation for you.

CM Solicitors offer a full estate administration service and can deal with all aspects of the administration of an the estate for you. From assisting with the funeral arrangements, investigating the deceased’s assets, the clearance of any properties, liquidating assets and their ultimate distribution.

CM Solicitors will deal with the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs and the local Probate Registry on your behalf in making the application for the Grant of Probate.

Contentious Probate

Most estates are straightforward to administer, however, there are sometimes situations that require expert advice.

Our probate experts also have vast experience in acting for clients where there is a dispute in relation to the will or division of assets. CM Solicitors offer a contentious probate service and will always aim to achieve a fair and equitable result for their clients.

For a no-obligation discussion about Wills & Probate, please contact Daniel Rourkeon 0800 1444 111, or email him at danielrourke@cmsolicitors.co.uk. Alternatively, please complete our online form and one of our criminal defence lawyers will be in touch with you within 24 hours.