WIlliamson & Barnes Solicitors
The office in Deal, Kent

12/14 Queen Street
Deal
Kent
CT14 6EU
Telephone: 01304 373154
Fax: 01304 368709
Email: legal@williamson-barnes.co.uk

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm

Appointments outside opening hours and home visits available

Private car parking available

Everyone should consider making a will for the simple reason that a will makes clear what should happen to your property after you die and enables you to arrange your affairs as you wish. Without a will the law sets out how your property and assets are distributed and that may not be what you wanted.

It is a mistake to assume that everything will automatically pass to your partner, wife/husband or children on your death. In many cases, if you die without a will this will simply NOT happen. It is therefore important that everyone who cares about what happens to their assets after they die makes a will. It is particularly important for those whose affairs are more complicated, such as unmarried couples and people who have had children from previous relationships.

In addition to arranging how your property is to be disposed of, your will appoints executors to administer your estate and can appoint guardians if you have young children.

You may want to create a trust to provide for young children or someone with a disability or simply to safeguard your property in some way after you die.

One of our solicitors or consultants will meet with you to discuss your requirements and then prepare a competitively priced will to give effect to your wishes. We can also advise you on potential liability to Inheritance Tax and possible ways to reduce the liability.

For more information or an estimate of the likely costs please contact us.

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone you trust (an attorney) to make decisions on your behalf and/or manage your property and affairs when you no longer wish to do so or lack the necessary mental capacity to deal with them.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:

Property and Affairs

This enables you to appoint someone to manage or deal with your property or financial affairs or a particular aspect of them.

Personal Welfare

This enables you to appoint someone to make decisions relating to your healthcare or welfare on matters such as whether consent to a particular type of treatment or healthcare or whether you should continue to live in your home or move into residential accommodation.

A Lasting Power of Attorney must be made while you have the mental capacity to do so and before it can be used the power must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. Once made and registered a Property & Affairs power can be used at any time whether you have capacity to act for yourself or not. A Personal Welfare Power cannot be used until it has been both registered and you lose the capacity to make welfare decisions yourself.

We are happy to advise upon and prepare the appropriate power for you and to deal with registration.

We can also offer advice and assistance in those instances where a person lacks the mental capacity to make a Power of Attorney. In such cases it will often be necessary to apply to the Court of Protection for a deputy to be appointed to deal with that person's affairs.

For more information or an estimate of the likely costs please contact us.