Wills & Probate

Wills and probate solicitors

Wills and probate solicitors in Manchester

Wills and probate by Howarth Goodman

It's easy to put off making a will but it's easier for your loved ones if you have one.
Despite living in an age of complicated financial affairs, around two thirds of people in the UK still die without making a will. Where a will has not been made it is the Government who apply certain rules which dictate how your money, property and possessions are allocated.


Making a will and other key arrangements such as a Lasting Power of Attorney and Trusts are straightforward to do and give you certainty that your wishes are acted on.
Whatever your circumstances our approach is to listen and give you the right advice at a reasonable cost.
Should I make a will?
If you die without making a will (legally known as dying “intestate”) and you do not have an heir (as defined by outdated intestacy rules) then your estate goes to the Crown. The treasury made approximately £50M last year from people who died without making a will, so the answer to that question is definitely “yes”.
The following indicators suggest that making a will should be a priority for you:
  • You have a partner but are not married
  • You have not registered a Civil Partnership
  • You have children
  • You are in the Inheritance Tax Band
  • Your home is lived in by someone who will still need it when you're no longer here
  • You have an elderly or handicapped relative
  • You own a business


The loss of a loved one is never easy and many people just need that little bit of help to handle the associated legal, tax and administrative processes.
We can support you whether it's sorting out the administration and probate for the estate or working through with you what you need to do as an Executor.
We will aim to make the process as stress-free as possible.
What is Probate?
When a person dies his or her money, property and possessions must be organised. This includes identifying what the estate assets are, discharging any outstanding debts or expenses and distributing the remainder to the people legally entitled to it.
Where the deceased has a made will, it will be the duty of the executors named in the will to administer the estate. When someone dies intestate (i.e. without making a will) the intestacy rules set out who can act as administrator and how the deceased's assets must be distributed.
Probate is the court's authority given to administer a deceased's estate. A document called Grant of Representation is issued by the Probate Service and this document will be required by the asset holders e.g. bank, as evidence of a person’s entitlement to deal with the deceased’s assets.
How we can help you?
We have a dedicated team that can help you with all aspects of probate, trusts and management in a sensitive and professional manner at what is a difficult time. Our probate service is tailored to the individual needs of each client. Headed by Peter Brogan, our approachable team can help you with:
  • Will writing
  • Tax planning
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
  • Residential/care home issues
  • Succession planning for your businesses
  • Advice on trusts: creation and implementation
  • Trust Administration
  • Administration of estates
  • The terms of the Will or the implications of the intestacy rules
  • The duties of the Personal Representatives
  • The procedure for obtaining the Grant of Representation
  • Inheritance tax, capital gains tax and correspondence with HM Revenue & Customs
  • Collection of assets and payment of liabilities and expenses
  • Distributions to and the drawing up of estate accounts for the beneficiaries

For more information our wills and probate from our solicitors in Manchester, 
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 0161 832 5068 today
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