With contested wills and estates on the rise; how can you ensure your Will can stand up in court? It would be nice to think that once you have made the effort to draw up and sign your will, your estate will definitely pass, on your death to the beneficiaries you have chosen. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There are two different ways in which your will and estate can be contested following your death and the number of such claims going to Court is showing an upward trend;

Will Aid is an annual fundraising campaign involving nine of the UK’s leading charities. With the support of solicitors who donate their skills, Will Aid encourage people to have their Will drawn up by a professional solicitor whilst at the same time supporting charity. 

We are extremely pleased to be supporting this year`s Remember a Charity annual Wills campaign, which follows on from last year`s very successful  campaign.  To help support this important and worthwhile cause, we are offering a 10% discount for all Wills being prepared from the beginning of the campaign (Monday 11th September) until the end of the month.

Iain Wanstall is running a free drop in session where clients can discuss wills and legacy gifts at theLondon Breast Cancer Haven, on Wednesday 13th September 12 p.m. to 4p.m. Please email Iain if you would like to meet him for a chat that day.

Iain Wanstall will be speaking to Nat West SME clients about how to plan for the future Iain will be talking about some of the succession steps that should be considered by business owners, including wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Iain, after his initial career as an Army Officer, has specialised in private client law and advising individuals on succession planning and related matters for the last 20 years read more about him here.

It is not often that fees decrease, but the registration fees for LPAs have in fact been reduced. The fees charged by The Office of Public Guardian to register LPAs and EPAs have been reduced from £110 to £82 for each document. Iain, our Head of Private Client and Later Life Department, says that “LPAs are extremely important documents which enable you to appoint someone, or some people, as your attorneys. 

Making a will and planning for later life to ensure your wishes are carried out and your loved ones' inheritance is protected is one of the most important things you will ever do. Iain Wanstall our resident expert runs free talks at our offices to help clients put plans in place to ensure that their wishes are carried out. Please call the office to book your place at his next talk. Tel: 01727 858807 or email

Iain Wanstall is conducting a Q & A session at Sunrise of Beaconsfield to provide people with some answers to the type of questions below: Have you ever wondered what a power of attorney is? What is a Living Will? How do you go about putting them in place? Iain provides regular talks to clients to help with later life planning, if you would like more information about when & where his next talk is, please call the office to

In a survey, solicitors have been backed by the public as the best option to ensure that wishes written into wills are met. In the survey by Will Aid, a partnership between the legal profession and top charities, 62% of respondents said they prefer to use a solicitor to manage their will. The research also revealed that the public were generally unaware of the rules and regulations governing will-writers and that will-writers can practise without proper training, regulation or insurance.

The rules of intestacy apply! Which means: If you have no children, your spouse (husband/wife/civil partner) will inherit the entire estate. However, if you have children your spouse will only inherit the first £250,000 (plus all personal belongings). The rest will be split 50/50 between your spouse and any children – If a child has died before you leaving you with grandchildren that child’s share will go to the grandchildren

This year marks the 7th annual campaign by Remember a Charity with this year`s theme being “Pass on Something Legendary”.  The campaign follows on from last year`s very successful “Extreme Will Writing Campaign”, which featured a number of volunteers including our own Iain Wanstall  (while at his previous firm,) writing new Wills to leave legacies to charities – while sky diving!  Watch the

What is a trust? Trusts, famously used by the families of both Tony Blair and George Osborne, amongst thousands of others, are a perfectly legal way to help individuals pass wealth down the generations. Before you worry that you are about to get sucked into a tax avoidance scandal, Trusts have been used since the Crusades, and long out date any current tax law. They were originally designed for knights who left their property

This January, Labrums is offering 20% off the normal cost of a will or Lasting Power of Attorney. It’s the new year. You’ve decided to lose weight, quit smoking, drink less etc. But have you promised yourself to get your affairs in order? Around half of the adult population don’t have a will. But why not if it's so important? Many people state they don't think they need one, that they believe they don't