Wills, Powers of Attorney and Probate

Deniece Lines- Head of Department

Deniece is a Senior Lawyer with over 30 years' experience in the profession. Deniece was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1997/98 and she joined Ascot Lawyers in September 2014 as Head of Department. Deniece deals with all aspects of Wills, Deeds, Court of Protection Applications, Powers of Attorney, Probate and the administration of estates.

 

Solicitors for the Elderly Deniece is accredited by Solicitors for the Elderly, an organisation that recognises lawyers who provide specialist legal advice to elderly and vulnerable clients.

  Wills

A properly drafted Will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are recorded and carried out after your death. Once a Will is made it is vitally important that it is reviewed every 2 years, or whenever there is a change of circumstances, to ensure it remains up-to-date and still reflects your wishes. Another factor to bear in mind is that most Wills are automatically revoked upon marriage or divorce and many people are unaware of this. If you have children then a Will is required in order to make provision for their care in the event of your death.

If you are employed, there may be death in service benefits from your employer that form part of your estate. If you have Life Insurance Cover, this may also form part of your estate. You don't have to own property or have large assets in order to make a Will. Don't forget that most of us own a vast array of digital assets and you can choose who to leave your photographs and online music collection to. If, however, you do have substantial assets then a Will can be a useful mechanism to leave your estate to your loved ones while taking advantage of the most tax-efficient options available to you.

We pride ourselves on acting with tact, understanding and discretion when helping you draft your Will. To save you time (and providing that capacity is not an issue) we can advise you by email and over the telephone. You can also make an appointment to meet with Deniece at our office, your home or another place convenient to you.

To view our blog titled 'Why you need to have a Lasting Power of Attorney and a Will', please click here: http://ascotlawyers.co.uk/news/2361-why-you-need-to-have-a-lasting-power-of-attorney-and-a-will.html.

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  Probate

We can deal with as little or as much of the Probate work as you want us to. Some clients will instruct us purely to obtain the Grant of Probate in an excepted estate, other clients ask us to deal with all aspects of administering an estate through to final distribution. We offer transparent, competitive fixed fees for all of our Probate work, allowing you to choose how much or how little you would like us to do.

To read our blog titled 'Are you an Executor and considering doing your own Probate?' then please click here: http://ascotlawyers.co.uk/news/2410-are-you-an-executor-and-considering-doing-your-own-probate-why-risk-it.html

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  Children and Trusts

If you want to pass on some of your earned funds to friends or family members, you can give money or assets away throughout your lifetime in a Trust. This can be beneficial on a number of levels, especially in terms of managing future Inheritance Tax liabilities.

If you have parental responsibility for a child or vulnerable adult, you must consider who should look after them if anything were to happen to you. You will need to appoint guardians or carers and this can be done in your Will.

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  Lasting Powers of Attorney

Property and Financial LPAs:

You can appoint between one and four Attorneys to look after all of your financial affairs in case you lose capacity to act for yourself in this regard. Your Attorney(s) would step in to take decisions on your behalf, always acting in your best interests in this situation.

Attorneys can also be appointed to act alongside you now, with your permission, and this is especially useful for clients who spend long periods of time outside of the UK and who want to hand over management of their financial affairs to a trusted friend or family member.

Health and Welfare LPAs:

You can appoint between one and four Attorneys who will take decisions in relation to your medical needs and care requirements only if you were to lose capacity to make these decisions yourself.

Many clients choose to put both LPAs in place. Importantly, LPAs are not simply for the elderly or infirm. Just as you choose who will look after your affairs after you die by appointing Executors in your Will, you should also choose Attorneys to look after your affairs during your lifetime just in case you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

To view our blog titled 'Why you need to have a Lasting Power of Attorney and a Will', please click here: http://ascotlawyers.co.uk/news/2361-why-you-need-to-have-a-lasting-power-of-attorney-and-a-will.html

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  Court of Protection Orders

If your friend or loved one loses capacity before having a Power of Attorney prepared, we can assist you in applying to the Court of Protection if you wish to be appointed as a Deputy.

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Contact us

Deniece Lines can be reached on 01344 512370 or by email at deniecel@ascotlawyers.co.uk. Alternatively, please click here to contact us for a free initial consultation to discuss the benefits of instructing Ascot Lawyers.