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Wills, Probate, Trusts & Powers of Attorney

At Michael Hill Partnership, our solicitors in Leicester specialize in Wills, Probate, Trusts, and Lasting Powers of Attorney. We understand the importance of these legal matters and offer comprehensive services to ensure your wishes are upheld and your assets are protected. With a client-centred approach, we provide expert guidance tailored to your specific needs.

From Will creation and Probate administration to establishing Trusts and managing Lasting Powers of Attorney, we provide expert guidance alongside our tailored approach. We ensure that your legal needs are met with attention to detail and professionalism. We are here to offer personalised advice and support, empowering you to make informed decisions for the future. Please contact us to discuss how we can help you.

How we Can Help

Our Wills, Probate, Trusts & Powers of Attorney Team

William WelshSenior Private Client Solicitor
Rebecca LeeAssociate Solicitor - Private Client


Making a Will is essential to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after your passing. It allows you to designate beneficiaries, appoint guardians for minor children, and provide for loved ones who may rely on your support. By having a Will in place, you can avoid intestacy laws that may distribute your assets differently than you intended.

The right time to make a Will is now. It is never too early to start planning for the future and ensuring that your wishes are documented legally. Life is unpredictable, and having a Will in place provides peace of mind, especially if you have dependents, assets, or specific preferences for how your estate should be handled. By making a Will as soon as possible, you can be confident that your loved ones will be taken care of according to your wishes.

While it is possible to write your own Will, consulting a solicitor offers several advantages. Our experienced solicitors provide valuable guidance to ensure your Will is properly drafted and legally sound. We have in-depth knowledge of the legal requirements and can help you avoid common pitfalls and errors. Moreover, we offer expert advice on complex matters, such as minimizing tax liabilities and incorporating trusts for asset protection. By working with us, you can have peace of mind knowing that your Will accurately reflects your wishes and complies with legal standards.

A Trust is a legal arrangement where you transfer assets to a Trustee to hold and manage on behalf of beneficiaries. Trusts offer various benefits, including avoiding probate, maintaining privacy, and providing for the smooth transfer of assets. They can be used to protect assets, minimize taxes, provide for charitable giving, and ensure ongoing financial support for beneficiaries, particularly in complex family situations.

Probate is the legal process of administering a deceased person’s estate. It involves proving the validity of the Will, identifying and gathering assets, paying debts and taxes, and distributing the remaining assets to beneficiaries. Probate is generally required when a person dies with assets solely in their name. However, certain assets may pass outside of Probate through beneficiary designations or joint ownership.

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone you trust as an Attorney to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so due to mental or physical incapacity. Having an LPA ensures that your financial affairs and personal welfare are managed by someone you choose, providing peace of mind and avoiding the need for costly court-appointed deputyship.

A Power of Attorney grants authority to an appointed agent to make decisions on your behalf. The decisions can cover various areas, including financial affairs such as managing bank accounts, paying bills, and making investments. Property management, such as buying or selling real estate, can also be delegated. In terms of healthcare, the agent can make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. Additionally, depending on the powers granted, the agent may handle legal and business affairs, such as signing contracts or managing business interests. The specific powers can be tailored to your preferences and outlined in the Power of Attorney document.

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What We Charge

Probate Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

We anticipate this will take between 10 and 20 hours work at a rate of £200.00 – £350.00 + VAT per hour. Total costs estimated at £2,000.00 – £6,000.00 +VAT.

The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter and the hourly rate of the fee earner required to handle your case. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

In addition to charging on a time costed basis, 1.5% of the gross value of the estate will be charged in all Probate matters. If the estate includes real property (i.e. a house), a reduced fee of 1% will be charged on the value of that property. We will handle the full process for you.

This estimate is for estates where:

Disbursements not included in this fee:

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

Potential additional costs

How long will this take?

On average, estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 12-22 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 12-22 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes 2-8 weeks.