Wills and Probate in Gloucester

None of us knows what life has in store for us, what we’ll become, who we’ll fall in love with and most of all when we will exit the world. For this reason, preparing for life after we pass at the earliest opportunity is incredibly important.

A Wills and probate solicitor in Gloucester can provide sensitive guidance, navigating you through these difficult conversations.

An empathetic Wills and probate service

At WSP Solicitors, our team are friendly and approachable, providing empathetic support with all types of Wills and probate matters, including:

  • Making a Will
  • Probate and estate administration
  • Court of Protection
  • Agricultural law
  • Contentious probate
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Estate planning

Get in touch with our Wills and probate lawyers in Gloucester for advice by giving us a call or filling in our online enquiry form for a quick response from a member of our team.

The right approach for you

At WSP Solicitors, we take the time to know our clients, creating personal relationships that last a lifetime. We understand the discussion of death is not something everyone is easily able to address head-on, but we also recognise the importance of doing so. That’s why when you instruct the Wills and probate solicitors in Gloucester, you will receive an entirely supportive service from solicitors who are friendly and approachable in delicate matters.

The Wills, Trusts and Probate team in Gloucester take pride in the work they provide clients across Gloucester, the west of England and further afield. This outstanding service has been recognised through the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS).

Director Ashley Wallace-Cook, along with Associate Solicitor Carole Haestier, are both accredited members of the Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

Carole, Associate Solicitor Rebecca Tribble and Chartered Legal Executive Ruth Appleton are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), while Solicitor Matthew Penley is currently studying the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates.

How we can help you with Wills and probate in Gloucester

Estate planning

Planning for the future is important. By creating a Will, clients can ensure their assets are left to their loved ones. With a solicitor’s assistance, this can be done in the most tax-efficient way possible.

Our solicitors in Gloucester have extensive knowledge and skill with estates of all sizes and can ensure, no matter your circumstances, that you have the necessary provisions in place for the future.

The WSP Solicitors Private Client team can provide specialist expertise in matters including:

  • Making a Will
  • Codicils for Wills
  • Tax planning
  • Preparing for care costs
  • Trusts

See our Estate Planning page for more information.

Probate and estate administration

The majority of estates require probate, no matter whether there is a valid Will or not, before the executors or administrators can carry out the estate administration.

The process of obtaining probate and administering an estate is often challenging, particularly on top of grief and general life matters. WSP Solicitors can provide the advice and support needed during this difficult period.

Our probate and estate administration solicitors in Gloucester can handle all parts of probate and estate administration, from obtaining the grant and the roles in between through to distributing the estate to beneficiaries.

Whether you only need advice and guidance or our solicitors’ full support, such as managing matters on your behalf, we have the experience and skill to provide a probate and estate administration service with the utmost sensitivity.

Court of Protection

If a family member has lost mental capacity, it can understandably be an emotionally charged situation, but there are ways to provide the support your loved one needs by applying for a Court of Protection deputyship.

Our solicitors in Gloucester have helped many clients in all types of Court of Protection matters, including those more complicated and pressing. We understand how upsetting and daunting this can be and strive to deliver an empathetic service throughout.

Our solicitors can support clients through Court of Protection issues, including:

  • Advice about mental capacity assessments
  • Getting a one-off decision (e.g. if you need to make a decision, but your Deputyship Order is still being processed)
  • Making or changing someone’s Will (Statutory Will advice)
  • Selling property
  • Applying for an urgent or emergency decision

See our Court of Protection page for more information.

Agricultural succession planning

Agricultural businesses are often family ventures, kept in families for hundreds of years, so planning for the future is paramount. However, agricultural matters such as succession planning are governed differently by the law. That’s why it is imperative to obtain legal advice from solicitors who are aware of the rights and options available and can guide you in the right direction.

Our agricultural succession planning solicitors can provide expert support in matters including:

  • Making a Will – specialist advice for farmers, rural landowners and occupiers, and agricultural business owners
  • Inheritance Tax planning – helping you make your estate as tax-efficient as possible, including advice about Agricultural Property Relief
  • Making a Power of Attorney – to give people you trust the authority to manage your affairs if you no longer can, for example, because of an illness or injury.
  • Farming probate and estate administration
  • Resolving farming and agricultural inheritance disputes

See our Agricultural Law page for more information.

Contentious probate

The death of a loved one can, unfortunately, bring up a range of issues, particularly where someone has been left out of a Will or what they have been left does not provide the financial support they require.

Whether you are seeking or defending a contentious probate claim, pursuing the advice and assistance of a solicitor in Gloucester is highly encouraged. The team has substantial skills and a broad scope of knowledge in all areas and can navigate you through the entire process.

Our solicitors for contentious probate in Gloucester have years of combined experience in matters such as:

  • Challenges to the validity of a will
  • Contesting a will
  • Defending challenges to the validity of a will
  • Advising in regard to an executor’s responsibilities or applying for the removal of an executor
  • Making or defending a claim made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

See our Contentious Probate page for more information.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

With the rise in diseases that impact mental capacity, such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s, it is important to face the reality that we one day may be unable to take care of ourselves. This includes being able to make important decisions over our health, wellbeing and finances.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) provides a trusted close family member or friend with the authority to assist with these decisions, ensuring your best interests are always met. A solicitor can provide empathetic guidance in making applications and advising attorneys.

At WSP Solicitors, our lawyers for Lasting Powers of Attorney in Gloucester can provide proficient legal advice on the available types of LPAs, including their benefits and drawbacks. We can then assist you in making an LPA document and applying to the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG). We can also provide advice and support to appointed attorneys.

Our solicitors in Gloucester have expertise in all manner of scenarios, including:

  • Advice for attorneys under LPAs about making decisions on someone else’s behalf
  • Undertaking mental capacity assessments
  • Advice about Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs), including registration and whether to replace your EPA with an LPA

See our Lasting Powers of Attorney page for more information.

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