Most people wrongly assume that all their possessions automatically pass to their husband or wife or other members of the family. For unmarried couples the situation is even worse than that for married couples.
Making a Will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death. If you have not made a valid Will your property will pass according to the Laws of Intestacy. This may not be what you would have wished. In any event it is likely to take longer to finalise than if you had made a Will. During this time your beneficiaries may not be able to draw any money from the estate. It can mean arguments and distress for relatives. Making a Will lets your loved ones know that you cared enough.
You can appoint guardians in your Will to look after your children. If you do not have a Will then Social Services and the Courts may decide who would look after them. If you would like more information about this, please click here.
We can prepare a ‘Property Protection Trust Will’ for you whereby your share of the property is promised to your children regardless of your spouse remarrying in the future. If you leave everything to your spouse you can not ensure that your children will get anything! If you would like more information about this, please click here.
We can prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney for you whereby you can appoint the people that you trust to take care of your affairs should you become incapable in the future. If you do not have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place at the time of becoming incapable then somebody will have to apply to the Court of Protection for a deputyship order, sometimes the local authority would apply for this to manage your affairs. This is a very expensive and lengthy procedure which can easily be avoided. If you would like more information about this, please click here.
The only way to ensure you pass your assets to each other is by having a Will prepared. No provision is made for unmarried cohabiting couples according to the Law of Intestacy, which means dying without a Will. If you would like more information about this, please click here.
The only way to ensure the right person is carrying out your wishes is by having a Will prepared. You can appoint executors in your Will who will have the responsibility to carry out your wishes, deal with the necessary paperwork, apply for probate if necessary and manage finances for any beneficiaries that are under the age of eighteen. If you would like more information about this, please click here.
We can prepare a ‘disabled person’s discretionary trust Will’ whereby by you can place your assets into trust for your child and nominate trustees to manage this for them. If you would like more information about this, please click here.
Most people find it difficult or inconvenient to visit a solicitor’s office. It usually takes a minimum of two visits and it is always during the working week. Gilligan & Co can arrange for one of our consultants to visit you in the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you. Together you can discuss details of how your wishes can be carried out and your property protected.
We are a well established reputable company and carry professional indemnity insurance to the value of 2.5 million pounds. We are members of the Society of Will Writers and Estate Planning Practitioners which ensures our staff undergo stringent vetting and ongoing training in a continually changing environment.
With Gilligan & Co you can be sure of receiving a first class service with the highest professional standards. We will be happy to advise and counsel on any queries that you may have.