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Wills & Estate Planning

It’s never too early to make plans to protect your loved ones or organise your business affairs in the event of your death or incapacity. At Napthens, you’ll find a comprehensive estate planning service from experts who will ensure your wishes for the future are met precisely.

With our specialist advice you can be reassured that your affairs will be managed exactly as you wished, leaving the outcome you always intended.

The Napthens’ team is described by legal industry ‘bible’ The Legal 500 as ‘very strong in this area with an excellent and efficient team’.

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Can someone dispute my Will?
A close relative (spouse, former spouse, child or grandchild) can contest a Will if they have been omitted or believe they are entitled to more of your estate. The Court may redistribute an estate accordingly if they feel any of the above were omitted unintentionally. A Will can also be contested if there is proof that the Will writer was of unsound mind when making a Will, or that the Will has been forged or tampered with. It is very important to make sure your Will is not ambiguous and that your wishes are clear and concise, in order to avoid potential dispute.

I already have a Will – will I ever have to change it?
You should think about reviewing your Will every time your circumstances change, or at every ‘life event’. For example, if you buy a home for the first time, have children, get married or divorced, if your personal finances change or if one of the main beneficiaries of your Will has passed away.

I have just bought a property abroad – does my existing Will cover this?
If you buy a property abroad, it is essential to ensure that an appropriate Will is put in place to avoid future complications and legal fees, as in many countries the rules on distribution of estates is different from the UK.

I have lived with my partner for years, but we are not married. What will happen if I die without making a Will?
If you are unmarried but die without making a Will, your partner will not automatically be entitled to anything from your estate. Generally, your entire estate will pass to your children or, if you have no children, to your blood relatives. It is therefore important to make a Will that reflects your wishes.

What happens if I get married or divorced?
If you get married, any existing Will automatically becomes invalid, so you and your partner should both make new Wills if you are planning to marry. However, if you divorce or separate from your spouse the provisions of your Will are not affected. It is therefore important to review your Will following a divorce or separation to reflect your new wishes.

What will happen if I die without a Will?
If you die without making a Will you will be ‘intestate’ and the law will automatically determine how your property is distributed and who administers your affairs after death. This may not necessarily be in a way you would have wanted. Generally the bulk of your estate will go to your spouse or your children. If you are unmarried and have no children, your estate will pass to your blood relatives or, in some cases, to the Crown.

Why should I make a Will?
Making and reviewing a Will should be a priority for most people, as it enables you to say exactly how you wish your estate to be distributed after your death. It is particularly important when considering any major personal and financial decisions, such as buying a house or setting up a business, or a change in personal circumstances through marriage, starting a family or divorce. Careful planning when making a Will can also minimise the effects of inheritance tax.

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