Making a Will

Life is full of ups and downs and unfortunately no one knows what the future holds. However, creating a Will is an important element in planning for your future and looking after the future of your family and those you care about – which is probably one of the most important things you can do.

Writing a Will ensures that all your money, property and other assets are given in accordance with your wishes. Where to begin can be an overwhelming prospect and a subject that you may not want to discuss or reflect upon but, your loved ones can face serious problems if you die without making a Will.

If you have not made a valid Will, the law provides that your estate will be distributed in accordance with the intestacy rules originally made more than 80 years ago. In many instances these rules do not reflect your wishes or needs. Unmarried partners and step-children will not be provided for. Your spouse or civil partner may not inherit all of your estate, but may have to share it with your children, parents or brothers and sisters.

To avoid any dispute or complication in the future it is best to have your Will professionally prepared and updated as your circumstances change. For a free no-obligation quotation please contact your most convenient Brewer Harding and Rowe North Devon office in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton and Ilfracombe.

Dealing with a loved one’s Estate

The death of a loved one is a distressing and emotional time. However, there are many legal matters that need sorting out. The process of dealing with a person’s estate can be complicated, confusing and lengthy. Our experienced solicitors understand this and we know what needs to be done and how to do it with the minimum of fuss.

Our firm has one of the largest probate and trust departments in North Devon. Our specialist lawyers manage and advise on all aspects of estate administration including intestacy and trusts.

Our solicitors work sensitively and professionally to ease the stress as much as possible. We are more than happy to provide a FREE initial discussion.

BHR Family Protect

At Brewer Harding & Rowe we write approximately 1,500 Wills and many Lasting Powers of Attorney each year. Our experienced solicitors provide expert advice on all aspects of Will writing and elderly client advice.

We are happy to advise on all aspects of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and will agree a fixed fee at the outset with you. If you combine the two, then our BHR Family Protect scheme will reduce the overall cost and perhaps more importantly, you know that you have taken the necessary steps to protect your family wealth for the next generation.

As an established North Devon based firm of solicitors, we are more than happy to provide a FREE initial discussion to help you protect your family wealth, including advice on:

  • Inheritance tax
  • Nursing homes fees advice
  • Property transfer and co-ownership with other family members
  • Lifetime gifts
  • Creation of trusts
  • Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection
  • Wills

Inheritance Tax

You do not have to be wealthy to need a Will. With life insurance policies, property values, and some employment benefits, the value of your Estate may add up to quite a considerable sum. We can provide advice on family wealth protection for future generations. Our expert Will writing and tax planning solicitors can explain how trusts could help save tax.

Updating a Will

Updating or editing your Will may be necessary if you divorce from your partner, co-habit with a partner, or have a new baby in the family. If you have young children you should appoint guardians to look after them in the event of your death. There can be all sorts of reasons to make a Will or amend your current Will. Our experienced solicitors provide expert advice on all aspects of Will making.