At Wayman & Long, we understand that estate planning is not just about what happens after you're gone; it's about living a life that ensures your loved ones are cared for, even if you can't be there yourself. Your probate solicitor is here to guide you through the process with a family-oriented, supportive, and clear approach, making sure your wishes are respected and your assets protected.
There are several reasons as to why starting early is the best option; with the primary one being that if left too late, individuals can sometimes unfortunately find themselves too unwell to look after their affairs without leaving anyone appointed in their place. Also, the probate process can become complicated and expensive if not given the appropriate time initially to be done correctly. That's why we believe it's never too early to start creating your estate plan. By taking the necessary steps now, you can guarantee that your assets are passed on to the next generation just the way you envision.
Life is unpredictable, and sometimes circumstances prevent us from managing our financial affairs or health and care issues. This is where the Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPA”) becomes invaluable.
Our experienced solicitors can help you navigate the complexities of setting up a Lasting Powers of Attorney, ensuring that your affairs are managed according to your wishes by people you know and trust and helping you to avoid common, and costly mistakes, that can be made when setting up these important legal documents. For an in-depth guide to Lasting Powers of Attorney please click here.
Our dedicated wills team is here to guide you through the process of creating the right type of will and trust for your loved and charitable causes. We understand that this is a stressful time, and our aim is to provide you with one less thing to worry about. We can also assist you in reviewing your financial affairs, taking steps to minimise the impact of inheritance tax on your estate.
Where possible we aim to provide fixed fee costs for drafting wills.
Unlike other firms, we also do not charge for safe and secure storage of your will after it has been signed.
Where possible we also aim to provide fixed fee costs for drafting and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney.
We recognise that pricing for probate matters can vary, and transparency is crucial. Initial probate consultations are free of charge and at our meeting we can discuss all legal requirements and will follow up with a clear and concise quote tailored to the requirements of the particular case. To have an idea of costs please refer to the information below.
In addition, we are able to offer a fixed-fee for obtaining the grant of probate only, leaving the named executors to carry out all of the other estate administration tasks.
Disbursements (services from external third-party suppliers. We do not add any extra costs to their fees):
In addition to the above information, we have also compiled a downloadable fees guide which can be viewed here
The timescales for probate vary and it’s difficult to estimate without discussing the details beforehand. Generally, the end-to-end process can take from as little as 12 months to more than 2 years, depending upon the assets involved (for example selling a property may take time), as well as the complexity of the estate in general.