The glib quip ‘Where’s there’s a will there’s a relative’ is popular with comedians, eager to poke fun.
However when it comes to wills there’s a serious side, with national law firm Stone King knowing it’s hard enough dealing with the death of a loved one without the added stress of managing the legal aspects.
It makes sense to leave your affairs in order so loved ones can negotiate their way through legalities more easily at what can be a very difficult time.
When singer Aretha Franklin sadly died last month she didn’t leave a will, despite apparently being advised that one was needed.
This means her four sons and other family members now face the task of finding out how much the Queen of Soul’s assets are worth, in what could prove to be a long process.
In fact, you don’t need to be wealthy to make a will and Stone King will help guide you through the legal responsibilities, with expert advice on probate, or administering an estate.
September 10 also sees the start of Remember A Charity Week and should you want to leave a legacy, then this can be included so a favoured good cause can be remembered.
Our probate and estates services can help you with all aspects of probate law, including wills, trusts, intestacy (where no will has been made) and preparing forms to apply for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.
We can also help you with registering a death, arranging a funeral, inheritance tax and HM Revenue and Customs, as well as notifying insurance companies, pension services, utility companies and banks.
In fact our experienced probate solicitors can advise you on every step of the process, to make sure all your legal responsibilities are covered.
*Stone King is also holding a free Community Coffee Morning on Thursday, November 22, from 10.30am-1pm at the BRLSI in Bath. The topic will cover Inheritance Tax and delegates will be able to pose questions to Senior Associate Kerry Rogers from Stone King’s Trusts & Estates Team.