Wills, Probate & Trusts

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Wills, Probate & Trusts

Maples can assist in making a Will, creating Lasting Powers of Attorney, applying for Probate and setting up Trusts.

Introduction

Our Wills & Probate Team can advise and assist you in relation to various matters including:

  • Wills
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Trusts
  • Care home planning advice
  • Inheritance tax planning advice
  • Property Gifts and Transfers
  • Deputyship Orders and Court of Protection
  • Administering an estate
  • Applying for a Grant of Probate

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Costs

Please see Our Fees page for a more comprehensive explanation as to costs for Wills and Probate.

Our costs for dealing with Lasting Powers of Attorney are as follows:-

One LPA - £350 plus VAT
Two LPAs - £500 plus VAT
Any additional LPAs will be charged at £100 plus VAT 
There is also a registration fee payable to the Office of the Public Guardian of £82 per document.  If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be exempt from this fee.

The costs to apply for a Deputyship Order through the Court of Protection is £850 plus VAT.  There is also a Court fee payable of £400 together with a Doctor's fee for the assessment.

Please contact one of the team below for a quote for anything not mentioned above. 


Here to help

Jane Mawer LLB

Jane is Head of the Wills, Probate and Trusts Department, and is renowned for her personable approach.

Telephone 01775 722261 or Email: jane.mawer@maplessolicitors.com

Faye Blair LLB

Faye is a solicitor who assists with the Team’s workload. She can assist you with making a Will and administering the estate of a family member.

Telephone 01775 722261 or Email: faye.blair@maplessolicitors.com

Jamie Dobbs ACILEx

Jamie is a Legal Executive.  She can help you with making a Will, creating Lasting Powers of Attorney and administering the estate of a family member.  

Telephone 01775 722261 or Email: jamie.dobbs@maplessolicitors.com


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Wills During the Coronavirus Pandemic

We appreciate that many people will be considering making a Will and Lasting Powers of Attorney now, more than ever, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. At Maples Solicitors we will work around those who are self-isolating and we will continue to follow Government guidance by keeping our distance from others. This does mean that we can now offer “Through your Window Wills”. We will take instructions for your Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney via the telephone, video calls or e-mail and we can attend at your home and arrange the signing and witnessing of the documents through your window.

 

Our costs for dealing with Wills are as follows:-

Our Simple Wills service offers a comprehensive service to ensure that your wishes are carried out in the event of your death.  

If you are married or have a partner and want to make mirror Wills our cost are £360 (inclusive of VAT).

This fee is made up of:

  • Legal fee £300
  • VAT on legal fees £60

If you want to make a single Will our costs are £210 (inclusive of VAT). 

This fee is made up of:

  • Legal fee £175
  • VAT on legal fees £35

The Simple Will Service includes: 

  • Appointment of Executors
  • Provision for your funeral wishes
  • Appointment of Guardians for minor children
  • Provision for specific legacies including money and personal items to named beneficiaries
  • Basic Inheritance Tax advice
  • Advice with regard to the distribution of your residuary estate to your intended beneficiaries
  • Draft Will with full explanation in plain English sent to you in the post
  • Answering any queries you have on the draft Will
  • Face to face meeting at our offices to sign the Will with a Solicitor or Legal Executive
  • Registration with Certainty the National Wills Register 
  • Secure lifetime storage 

This service does not include: 

  • Complex inheritance tax advice and planning
  • Assets that are situated abroad
  • Property protection advice
  • Advice with regard to disinheriting family members 

If it becomes apparent additional work will be needed we will inform you of the additional work required and confirm the additional costs.

If you would like to make a “Through your Window Will” or Lasting Powers of Attorney please telephone the office on 01775 722261 or e-mail enquiries@maplessolicitors.com.

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Testimonials

Jamie Dobbs SCILEx

"I should like to take this opportunity to express my very sincere and grateful thanks for Jamie's unfailing helpfulness and efficiency in all aspects of the handling of my late stepmother's estate. Jamie have always replied to my (many!) queries promptly and comprehensively which has been a enormous help throughout what I know can be a fraught and stressful process. Sadly, it is increasingly rare these days to experience the highs standards of service that Jamie has provided."

Gemma Mayer LLB

"I would highly recommend Maples Solicitors, especially Gemma Mayer, for any conveyancing work. The level of support and professionalism was excellent at all times. I also felt if I needed to ask or clarify anything that it was not an issue. Buying and selling a house is stressful enough, but Gemma helped me through it step by step."

Anita Toal LLB BA

"I think you are brilliant. You can use my comments above. You are efficient, friendly and quite clearly very good at what you do. Mainly you don’t leave people hanging around too long for." "So easy to talk to her and she understood what I wanted. She put me at ease and I cant thank her enough"

James Turner BA

James Turner was extremely helpful with our buying process. Everything went smoothly. We are very happy with the level of professionalism demonstrated by the office. Highly recommended solicitors. Will definitely do business with them again.

Daven Naghen LLB

"Daven provided an excellent service, from attending the first interview with me to the final court appearance. He filled me full of confidence that he would defend me to which he did and come out with an excellent outcome in view of my position that I had put myself in."

Faye Blair LLB

Faye was excellent, sensitive and acted very well to the time constraints we faced. Great service and dealt with compassion at such sad times made the process less painful very professional.

Jamie Dobbs GCILEx

Over the last forty years I have cause to deal with many law firms both in a personal and professional capacity, including some ‘top’ London Companies. In all of those dealings I have never found anyone as proactive and so willing to offer help and advice as Jamie Dobbs. During the last two years Jamie guided my parents through the completion of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Helped myself with the use of the LPA and recently dealing with Probate and Estate Administration following their death.

Mike Pepper MA

Mike Pepper gave us excellent advice. He was always most helpful and accommodating giving lucid explanations every step of the way. Thank you Mike.

Donna Sandison FCILEx

Donna has been helpful and professional every step of the way during the process. Always on hand to answer any queries and totally professional and friendly at all times.