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Wills and probate guide

Wills and probate guide

A short guide to wills and probate. Why you should make a will, intestacy rules in the UK, inheritance tax.

Wills and probate guide

The free guide from Bishopsgate Law covers:

  • Why you should make a will.
  • What are the intestacy rules?
  • Jointly owned property.
  • Children.
  • Marriage and divorce.
  • Care costs.
  • Inheritance tax planning.
  • Family home allowance (residence nil rate band).
  • Funeral wishes.
  • Problems in your family and disinheritances.
  • How to make a will.
  • What happens after someone dies.
  • Administration of the estate where there is no will.
  • Probate of the estate where there is a will.
  • Protecting your assets.

A short guide to wills and probate (pdf)

Wills and probate - how we can help you

We can act for you in making a will, advise you about estate planning and inheritance tax liabilities, trusts, probate, and obtaining lasting power of attorney.

Find out more about how we can help with wills and probate law.

Contact us to discuss your requirements

We act for clients in England and Wales from our offices in London and Hertfordshire.

Our wills and probate department is based at our Hertfordshire office.

phone 01707 246100


We can usually take instructions for wills and probate matters entirely remotely by e-mail, telephone and video calls.

We are dealing with the Coronavirus situation with our Business Contingency Plan in operation to allow us to continue uninterrupted provision of our services. We are functioning fully with our staff working remotely, and have systems in place to provide our services while making it unnecessary for clients to visit our offices.

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Important information: All advice and explanation of the law in the free law guides is intended for information purposes only, and is not a substitute for taking formal specific legal advice from a practising solicitor or barrister. While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the contents of the free law guides and the opinions in them, no responsibility for loss occasioned to any person or company acting or refraining from action as a result of any statement in the free law guides or otherwise caused by relying upon the contents of the free law guides is accepted by the author or publishers.