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compose Wills

Your Will sets out how your estate should be distributed after your death. We ask a number of “what if” questions, and advise you on the tax implications of what you intend to do.


compose Probate

Purely Probate specialises in helping you obtain probate – the process of transferring the assets of someone who has died to their beneficiaries.


compose Trusts

Trusts are useful if you want to transfer ownership or use of assets, for example to your children, but there are circumstances which mean an outright gift is not the best way to achieve this.



You can apply to become someone’s Deputy if they lack mental capacity. Once you are appointed someone’s
Deputy you can manage their finances and make decisions on their behalf.


composePower of Attorney

Lasting Powers of Attorney are legal documents in which you appoint someone you trust to look after your affairs on your behalf.

Power of Attorney


Foreign Estates

If someone has died living abroad but with assets in the UK we can help with the UK legal procedure and paperwork needed to have those assets repaid or transferred.

Foreign Estates


After I have Gone Book
“After I have Gone” is an invaluable, practical handbook for my executors and family to help them organise my funeral and sort out my property and financial affairs.

This 32-page handbook will help you along the path to making a comprehensive list of all of your financial and other important documents.

The cost of this handbook is £4.99 from Amazon. Order here.

“Well done Judith.
You have done the world a big favour in producing a readable guide to a delicate subject.”




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What to do when someone dies

When someone dies there are 3 things you must do in the first few days: Get a medical certificate - you’ll get this from a doctor (GP or at a hospital) and you need one to register the death. Register the death within 5 days of the death - you’ll then get the documents you need for the funeral. Arrange…
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Registering a Lasting Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney can't be registered and used immediately and the amount of time you might have to wait can change. The current waiting time to register a Lasting Power of Attorney is 12 weeks. The Office of the Public Guardian must check the application to make sure there are no problems. There is also a three week…
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LPA Duties

You can choose someone to make important decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so yourself. This person is called an attorney. Your attorney is able to make important decisions on your behalf. Your attorney must: • make decisions in your best interests • only make decisions that the terms of the Lasting Power of Attorney allow…
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Wills after Divorce

Until your divorce is finalised the existing Will is still valid. Your spouse is probably still named as an executor and main beneficiary. You are unlikely to want this now. When your divorce is finalised your former spouse is treated as if having "died" on the day the decree absolute is granted by the Court, so will not inherit even…
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Using a Will to protect your money

Most couples make a Mirror Will leaving everything to their surviving partner and then to their children following the second death. It may come as a surprise to know that your children could end up with very little, or even nothing if one or both of you needs residential care. Setting up your Will in the right way helps you…
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How do Protective Property Trust Wills work?

Protective Property Trust Wills must be written when both partners are still alive and in good mental health. It does not have to be difficult to make a will, although it is an important document and you should give it careful thought. Start by completing our Will Request Form and completing the questionnaire. We will then ring you. We may…
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“A big thank you to Judith Derbyshire, who has managed to help me, and Derek my husband, with the rewriting of our extremely convoluted (and out of date!) wills.  The journey has been long, but very interesting, and well worth it.   If you have not done so already, please make your will now.  Thank you again Judith for an amazing job.”

Helen, Wincanton

“Thanks so much for your help over the past few weeks, it was great to have some straightforward, simple advice during those first few weeks following Mum’s death. ”

Sarah-Jane, Hong Kong
“Again, thank you so much for all of your hard work in making this happen.  Your firm is absolutely amazing and does outstanding work.”

Lucy, Saugus California


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