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Wills, trusts and probate

Making a will is very important. If you don’t have a will when you die, your money, property and possessions will be shared out according to the law instead of your wishes. This can mean they pass to someone you hadn’t intended – or that someone you want to pass things on to ends up with nothing. We’re here to help make things easier.

Making it easier for the loved ones you leave behind

Whether you feel your needs are straightforward or that you may require specialist advice, our professional and friendly team have dedicated specialists who will take a sympathetic and personal approach to helping you. It is important that your Will keeps pace with the changes in life and also that it represents your true intentions to avoid anguish for your loved ones at a later date.

 

We offer home visits if it is more convenient for you and we appreciate it is important to take the time to understand your wishes and to discuss and advise you on all the options available to you.

 

We can help you through the toughest times of your life

We understand that after a death family tensions may rise due to a number of different reasons. Our team will provide you with sympathetic, professional advice aimed at making your situation less stressful and complicated.

 

Whether you are creating a Will, applying for a grant of probate or you have suspicions over how a Will was prepared, our comprehensive services can assist you at a time when you need it most.

 

Visit our frequently asked questions section where we simplify the legal jargon.

 

Meet the WSP team

Meet the team

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Samantha Artaius

Associate Solicitor

Nailsworth Office

EPA

Kirstie Carr

Solicitor

Dursley Office

New Inheritance Tax

Carole Haestier

Solicitor

Stroud Office

executor

Samantha Hosken

Associate Solicitor

Dursley Office

LPA

Susie Jones

Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

Stroud Office

Niamh McAlonan

Associate Solicitor

Stroud Office

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Matthew Penley

Solicitor

Dursley Office

making a will

Ashley Wallace-Cook

Associate Solicitor

Gloucester Office

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Making Wills, trusts and probate less complicated

Can you help me with the jargon I may come across?

Beneficiary: Someone who will benefit from your will or trust.

Estate: Everything you own.

Guardians: Responsible for looking after children (under 18) following the death of both parents.

Grant of Probate: A court certificate authorising the person(s) named on it to deal with a deceased’s estate with full authority.

Inheritance Tax: The government’s charge on all your assets at your death.

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA): A document authorising an individual(s) chosen by you to make decisions on your behalf in connection with your property, financial affairs, health and welfare when you are no longer able to make those decisions for yourself.

Nil Rate Band: The value of your estate assessed to inheritance tax at the rate of 0% (i.e. tax free), currently £325,000, with the balance being charged at 40%.

Trust: A binding obligation on the trustee.

Trust Administration: The day to day running of your trust, including the management of trust assets, filing tax returns and preparing trust accounts.

Trust Fund: The total of all the assets subject to the trust.

Trustee: Responsible for looking after trust funds for your chosen beneficiary or beneficiaries.

Why should I use WSP?

Our clients tell us that we’re understanding and efficient and have helped them through some of the toughest times of their lives. We request feedback from all our clients and are proactive in tailoring our services to make sure we’re giving people the best service we possibly can.

How much will it cost?

We’re committed to ensuring that we provide you with full and transparent information about the costs of our services from the start. We keep our costs carefully under review and endeavour to ensure that what you pay us fully reflects the value and service you’ve received.

What should I do next?

Contact us! We’re here and ready to help you and can meet at a place convenient for you, such as your home or our offices.

How long will it take?

This depends on the particular service we’re providing and it’s important that we fully understand your situation. We aim to provide you with a draft Will for you to consider within 5 working days of seeing you. The timescale for administering a deceased’s estate can vary but we are committed to providing the most efficient service possible and will always keep you fully updated.

What is the STEP Code for Will Preparation in England and Wales?

The STEP Code is a set of principles that aim for STEP members to benefit clients through applying ethical standards and demonstrating honesty and transparency. To view a copy a copy of the Code, please click here.

Does WSP have any standards or procedures for vulnerable clients?

Yes. We have a Vulnerable Client Care Procedure, to view this document please click here.