How we can help
It’s important to seriously consider making a Will for a variety of reasons. You want to know that your property and possessions will be passed on in accordance with your wishes. You also need peace of mind that any special provisions, for example for children, partners, former partners or vulnerable adults, are honoured.
You want the comfort of knowing that specific bequests such as charitable legacies will be administered and you need the reassurance and peace of mind that any or all of these will not be challenged, potentially causing more distress and hurt to those already suffering the pain of bereavement.
Here at Howells Solicitors we can help by giving you that peace of mind. What seems a simple will to someone can have many different dimensions and our skill is in taking clients carefully through everything and ensuring the resultant Will is meticulously drafted.
Making, amending or reviewing a Will
We will give advice across the board from simple, single wills to complex arrangements for couples factoring in a range of complicating issues such as overseas property, businesses, ex partners, vulnerable dependents, residency and citizenship. Once we have established your wishes, we ensure that these are properly represented in a legal document. One of the greatest advertisements for a ‘proper’ Will, drafted by is that it is the best defence against a legal challenge contesting your will after you’ve gone.
Challenging a Will
Known technically as Contested Probate, this is where we advise in situations where the validity of a Will is being challenged, amongst other things.Whether you are the one who wants to challenge the validity of a Will, if feel you have been unfairly left out or not been adequately provided for, or if you are the one who is acting as an executor of a Will that somebody else is contesting, we are here to help.
Probate and Estates Administration
We can assist those tasked with Probate – the arrangement of someone’s affairs after their death – by taking on the legal and administrative burden. It can often be a fraught, time-consuming and protracted process and at a time when grief is still raw, it can be a relief to pass over responsibility.
Inheritance Tax Planning and Trusts
We can advise on strategies for minimising the amount of Inheritance Tax payable by your loved ones on your death, as well as the set up and administration of tax-efficient vehicles such as Trusts for future generations.
Lasting Power of Attorney(LPA)
Sadly, there may come a point where you no longer have the mental capacity to decide upon matters related to your finances and property or indeed your overall welfare. We can help by planning for that time through the setting up of an LPA, protecting your future and safeguarding your rights, should the need for it ever arise.
Our specialist team provide the highest quality advice on all aspects of Wills and probate while offering exceptional value for money.
Many of the services we provide are offered as a fixed fee. If you have requirements that fall slightly outside a standard fixed fee, we can also provide our services under a ‘price promise’, so we will give you a tailored quote based on your needs that will let you know up front exactly what the costs will be, with no hidden extras along the way.
Details of fixed fees can be found here.
New Postal Will service now available!
For a quick, convenient and great value way to make a Will with no need for appointments we now offer a Postal Will service. You can complete the process in your own time at home, all for the great value service for a single Will from just £85. For more information see Postal Wills.
The Wills and Probate team
Our team are highly knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of Wills and Probate. They are passionate about helping people take control of their affairs and ensuring rights and wishes are upheld. The team will put you at your ease immediately – while their professionalism and eye for detail will have you leaving relaxed and reassured.
We can meet with you personally in the comfort of our offices in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley. If you are physically unable to attend any of our offices, a home visit can be arranged.
Q.How long will it take to complete my Will?
A.It shouldn’t take more than a few weeks from the first time you come to see us, to you signing the completed document. If your particular situation is complicated or unusual, we may need to see you again, which could mean that it will take a little longer.
Q.What happens when my will has been completed?
A.The original of your Will can be stored securely by us. If so, a copy is sent to you to keep.
Q.Without a Will, what would happen to my estate?
A.It will be distributed in accordance with the laws on intestacy which may be contrary to your wishes. This may mean that your estate will pass to someone whom you didn’t want to receive anything or those that do inherit may not inherit all of your estate. It can also lead to greater time and expense in dealing with your estate.
Q.I want to change my Will but it was written by someone else, can I still come to you?
A.Yes. You are free to instruct any solicitor you wish to draft you a Will. It doesn’t matter where your previous Will was drafted.