Wills

We understand that everyone is different, and our Wills Team works with you in writing and making a Will that suits your circumstances. Our solicitors offer cost effective, straightforward Wills, as well as more complex Wills involving Inheritance Tax and Trusts.

Specialisms

Work handled

  • Standard single or mirror wills 
  • Wills involving discretionary or life interest trust arrangements 
  • 18-25 will trusts
  • Wills to protect family wealth
  • Wills to plan to reduce or avoid inheritance tax

Relevant Work

  • A will for a land owner with potential for planning permission on 40 acres of land and a non-transferable nil rate band from his first wife's estate

News

Forgery and Wills

It is fair to say that a Will can be challenged in a number of different ways however, perhaps one of the more exciting areas is forgery.

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Court case win for cohabiting partner highlights the need to keep your Will updated

The Central London County Court made the surprising decision on 16 February that Joy Williams should inherit her long-term partner's share of the house they lived in together rather than his estranged wife.

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Don't neglect planning for your farm's future

Tom Biddick, associate in the Trusts and Estates Team, discusses the financial, regulatory and time pressures facing farmers.

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Will Power

John Toth, Partner, offers his tips on how to help clients and their families avoid expensive will litigation.

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Sue Savill

Sue is a Partner in the firm and heads our Trusts & Estates Team in Taunton.

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Will valid despite evidence of lack of mental capacity

The recent case of Burns v Burns [2016] EWCA Civ 37 provides the latest statement from the Courts regarding the law on testamentary capacity (i.e. the mental capacity required to make a valid Will) and the basis upon which a Will can be overturned for lack of capacity or want of knowledge and approval.

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Ashfords is offering to prepare 10 Wills on a "first come first served" basis for Parkinson's UK

In lieu of the firm's normal charges, Ashfords is inviting people to make a donation to Parkinson's UK Helpline, a confidential service providing support to anyone affected by Parkinson's.

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The Tax Doctor: Leaving money to a minor without the major tax bill

A father wants his teenage son to inherit from him when he is 25 years old while keeping his IHT liability to a minimum, which is where an 18 to 25 trust can help, writes John Toth

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Trustees, mistake, and Hastings-Bass

The Supreme Court's judgment in Futter v HMRC and Pitt v HMRC has clarified the law of mistake, but, argues John Toth and Hannah Batten, that clarity may not help mistaken trustees in future

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Alden Michael

Michael Alden

Michael is a Partner and the Head of the Firm's Trusts and Estates Team. His specialisms include dealing with the administration of complex estates, technical will drafting and inheritance planning.

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J Toth

John Toth

John is a Partner in our Trusts & Estates Team and a qualified Notary Public. He is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

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Alden Michael

 
Partner
Trusts and Estates
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