Wills and Probate

Wills and Probate

Our Approach

We understand that the legal services required in this area must be sensitive and easily accessible for all.  Our team is friendly, caring and patient offering home and hospital visits in the local area.

Our Wills, Probate and Estate Planning team working from our Wolverhampton office will provide you with expert advice and progress your matter efficiently and in a cost-effective manner.  We have accreditation to Solicitors for the Elderly and are proud to be Dementia Friends.

Wills and Probate

Our EXPERTISE

Wills

If you are over 18 years of age and have possessions or children, then you should consider making a Will.  If you want to ensure that your wishes come into effect when you are no longer here, having a will provides this reassurance.

If you pass away without making a valid will then the law states who benefits from your estate.

At Thornes we offer different types of wills to suit your individual wishes and circumstances, all wills are prepared within a fixed fee and we offer advice relating to lifetime gifts and inheritance tax planning.

Lasting Powers of Attorneys

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document which is prepared by an individual who has mental capacity.

The Lasting Power of Attorney document offers protection for the Donor should the Donor be unable to manage his/her financial and care affairs due to physical incapacity such as old age or disability or mental incapacity such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

At Thornes the Lasting Power of Attorney documents are prepared within a fixed fee.

Deputyship Application to the Court of Protection 

If a loved one has unfortunately lost mental capacity and is unable to manage their financial affairs, you may be able to apply to the Court of Protection to become a court appointed deputy to deal with the affairs of the individual concerned on their behalf.

Our experts at Thornes can prepare the application for you and guide you through this process, our fees are fixed by the court.

Probate and Administration of Estate

When someone passes away the executors named in their will or administrator (where there is no Will) would need to deal with administering their estate. 

The executor/administrator will also have to deal with the payment of any taxes due, including income tax and inheritance tax and ensure the tax affairs are up to date.  Once all matters are dealt with only then can the estate be distributed by the executor/administrator.

At Thornes we can provide the professional advice and guidance for the executors/ administrators in dealing with all issues when someone passes away including the following:

  • Obtaining a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration 
  • Inheritance tax and Administration of the estate 
  • Post Death Variations and disclaimers 

If you would like to discuss any of our services further, please contact a member of our team who would be happy to help.

Wills and Probate

Our Team

Alison Westwood

Alison Westwood

Director of Thornes, Head of Private Client Team

Rita Malhi

Rita Malhi

Solicitor, Private Client Team

Message Us

Please get in touch below; we will be able to assist you in any questions, help or advice.

Call Us

01902 313311

4 + 13 =

Office Location

Lich Gates, Wolverhampton WV1 1UA

Open Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Email

reception@thornessolicitors.co.uk