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Wills, Trusts & Probate

Wills, Trusts & Probate Solicitors

Whilst professional legal advice can’t stop the inevitable, it can help you control what comes before and what happens after. Our Wills, Trusts and Probate specialists can protect your family, give you peace of mind and make the entire process easier for your loved ones.

What is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

While a Will and a Trust do have some similarities, there are a few differences between the two, so it’s important for you to know which is right for you. One difference is how they take effect, as a Will won’t go into effect until you pass away, whereas a Trust is effective as soon as you sign and fund it.

For example, a Will allows you to name guardians for children, designate where your assets go, and specify final arrangements. Whereas, a Trust is slightly more complicated and offers greater control over when and how your assets are distributed.

What is Probate?

Probate is the process of applying for permission to administer a will when someone has passed away. This means you will be responsible for dealing with their property, money, possessions, and their estate.

Why Do I Need a Solicitor to Prepare my Will?

Our Wills, Trusts and Probate specialists can help you plan for your family’s future, advise on the best way to protect your assets and possessions after you have gone, decide who will manage your estate, and determine who will make decisions for you if you become incapacitated.

 

Our Wills, Trusts and Probates Solicitors can help with:

Wills, Trust & Probate FAQs

 

Do I Need a Will?

We strongly recommend making a will and this means you will be able to get a say on who administers your estate when you pass away. Particularly if you are cohabiting, have a second family, business assets or a taxable estate, Will planning is essential. 

Is Probate Needed for a Trust?

When a trust is set up correctly, you will have named someone the beneficiary of the trust and this person will automatically become the owner of the assets. Therefore, there is no need to go through probate. 

The Wills, Trusts & 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 SheffieldRotherham and Barnsley. If you are physically unable to attend any of our offices, a home visit can be arranged.

How can we help? Contact us today

Contact us and one of our advisors will be in touch to discuss your situation. We will take some initial information and if we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.

    Costs

    Our specialists provide the highest quality advice on all aspects of Wills, Trusts and Probate while offering value for money.

    Many of the services we provide are offered as a fixed fee. Please select a service for more information on our fees.

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    What Do Our
    Clients Say?

    "From start to finish, my case was dealt with in a very professional and sensitive manner. Communication from Howells was friendly, efficient and nothing short of brilliant. Especially, my solicitor Lindsey Rawson, who made me feel confident with the first class service she very ably provided. I would highly recommend Howells to anyone looking for a solicitor in the local area."

    Wills Client
    2021

    “I thank you, for ensuring my Aunt and Uncle’s affairs have been settled in good order. It is something they both would have cared about and dearly wished for. I feel you have been able to help restore their dignity and leave their estate/affairs in good order – which is what we all must wish/hope for. You have done this in a way that alleviated much if not all of the anxiety and effort from me and my brother for which I am very grateful.
    I would like to thank you personally for your diligence and support and your insight and understanding, particularly in regards to working with my brother who can be both anxious and forgetful. Your advice and support has enabled him to participate fully in the settling of our Uncles affairs and I think this helps to allow him to feel useful and of value.”

    Probate Client, Aug 2018

    We were treated with dignity and we think your service needs no improvement, even during lockdown

    Wills, Trusts & Probate Client, 2020

    Very happy with the way Millie dealt with us, kept us informed and we never had to chase her which is not as normal dealing with some solicitors

    Wills, Trusts & Probate Client, 2020

    I thank you, for ensuring my Aunt and Uncle’s affairs have been settled in good order. It is something they both would have cared about and dearly wished for. I feel you have been able to help restore their dignity and leave their estate/affairs in good order – which is what we all must wish/hope for. You have done this in a way that alleviated much if not all of the anxiety and effort from me and my brother for which I am very grateful. I would like to thank you personally for your diligence and support and your insight and understanding, particularly in regards to working with my brother who can be both anxious and forgetful. Your advice and support has enabled him to participate fully in the settling of our Uncles affairs and I think this helps to allow him to feel useful and of value.

    Probate Client, Aug 2018

    Once again may I thank you for a first class service, you made what appeared to be before I started a very daunting enterprise, very easy flowing.

    Wills and Probate Client July 2018

    I was ready to go with the first solicitor recommended by the funeral service company after the death of my father, but was advised to shop around and luckily found Howells to be over 3 times less expensive without scrimping on service. The probate solicitor assigned to help me manage my father’s estate, really went the extra mile by offering useful down-to-earth advice on how to handle things over and above the services we engaged her for. As for the main probate and home title transfer requirements, these progressed much quicker than quoted by the original more expensive solicitors practice. Overall, I’m more than happy to recommend Howells probate services for both value for money and efficiency.

    Jeff, Wills and Probate Client

    I just wanted to thank you for making my application for a Grant of Probate go so smoothly. I was very apprehensive about dealing with the legal aspects of my husband’s affairs, especially when still so shocked by his death, but I was reassured by the way you dealt with my case so efficiently and with compassion. I look forward to meeting you again when I come in to discuss re-writing my will.

    Edwina, Wills and Probate Client

    Thank you for making us feel very comfortable when discussing our Wills.  Its not the nicest thing to discuss and you made it easier for us

    Wills Client, September 2016

    Many thanks for all your work for us on the estate of my mother. We appreciate everything you’ve done and are delighted that the process is now complete.

    RL and ML, Probate Clients, June 2016