john birkby and co

Wills and Probate

Making a will does not need to be complicated or time consuming,
and every adult should have one.

However many people put off making a will thinking that their wishes
will be followed.  This is not necessarily the case.  In particular 
co-habitees and step children do not automatically inherit under the
rules which apply when there is no will.  A will ensures your wishes
are set out clearly and avoids costly and time consuming disputes.

A will needs to comply with statutory requirements in relation to signature.  Where we prepare the will we ensure these are complied with.

Our solicitors will guide you through the process and answer any questions you have. We have a fixed fee for straight forward wills so that you know the cost at the outset.

If required a home visit can be arranged.

When a person dies a grant of probate or letters of administration is required to enable the assets to be released and distributed.  Let us assist you in handling the legal procedures and gathering of the assets. 

We charge for this work on the basis of the work involved regardless of the size of the estate. We do not charge any additional fee based on a percentage of the estate. A free initial interview is available to discuss the process. Fiona Goode will normally deal with the administration of your estate.  To provide guidance and transparency in relation to our charges we have prepared the guide below.

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