Wills & Probate

  • Celebrating a 50 year long-service award

    Celebrating a 50 year long-service award

    We’re very proud to be celebrating a unique long-service award. Solicitor John Field has become our longest-serving team member, reaching 50 years’ long-service this February. John joined Emsleys (which was then known as Emsleys… Read More

  • What happens if I don’t make a will?

    What happens if I don’t make a will?

    Less than half of the adult population have a valid will. There are lots of reasons why people don’t make a will – for example, they may think they don’t have anything valuable to leave or they may believe that their loved ones will… Read More

  • The Legal 500 2018-19 rankings revealed

    The Legal 500 2018-19 rankings revealed

    We’re delighted to be recommended for our work in claimant personal injury, family law and personal tax, trusts and probate in the latest edition of The Legal 500. The independent guide surveys over 250,000 corporate counsel each… Read More

  • Are you cohabiting? Should you consider making a will?

    Are you cohabiting? Should you consider making a will?

    There are over three million cohabiting families in the UK. With cohabiting being the fastest growing type of family structure, this number is set to rise. Many people assume that their assets will automatically pass to their… Read More

  • Can I make a gift as an Attorney or Deputy?

    Can I make a gift as an Attorney or Deputy?

    There are strict rules and limits on gift-giving as an Attorney or a Deputy. These rules are designed to safeguard the best interests of the person who the Attorney or Deputy is making decisions for. The Mental Capacity Act 2005… Read More

  • The Incapacity Crisis – A nation unprepared?

    The Incapacity Crisis – A nation unprepared?

    Solicitors for the Elderly, an organisation which I am a full accredited member of, has been working with the Centre for Future Studies to understand the impact of the increase in prevalence of those living with dementia. Their… Read More

  • What can you do to prepare for the future?

    What can you do to prepare for the future?

    With one in six people over the age of 80 being diagnosed with dementia, what can you do to prepare for the future? Currently, there are 850,000 people living with dementia with this figure set to rise to over a million by 2025.… Read More

  • Emsleys moves to become a dementia friendly firm

    Emsleys moves to become a dementia friendly firm

    To mark Dementia Action Week 2018, over 30 members of the Emsleys team are taking part in sessions to become Dementia Friends. Director and Head of Wills and Probate Helen Gott is a Dementia Friends Champion and is leading three… Read More

  • Is a gift under a Will affected by a change of gender?

    Is a gift under a Will affected by a change of gender?

    One issue within the transgender community is whether a person is able to inherit under a Will if their name and/or gender no longer matches that which is written in the Will. For example, a Will might read: “I leave 50% of my estate to my… Read More