FAQ Articles

What is Probate?

When someone dies it is necessary to deal with their money, property and possessions (known as "the estate") by collecting in all the assets in the estate, paying any debts and distributing what is left to those people entitled to it. Probate is a document issued by the court which gives the court's authority to administer a deceased person's estate.… read more →

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… read more →

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. (more…) read more →

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. (more…) read more →

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… read more →

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… read more →

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… read more →