Family and personal law

Frequently asked questions

What is a Will?

Why is it important to have a Will professionally drawn up?

What happens if I do not have a Will?

How often should my Will be reviewed?

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

When is the right time to make an LPA?

What if someone does not have the mental capacity to execute an LPA?

What is a Grant of Probate?

What is a Grant of Letters of Administration?

What is a Grant of Representation?

When do I need a Grant of Representation?

What is an Executor/Personal Representative?

Do I need to worry about Inheritance Tax?

Wills, probate, estate administration, inheritance & ill health

Our Guildford-based team of private client solicitors provides an assured personal service covering Wills, probate / estate administration, trusts, Court of Protection and all other matters relating to inheritance, ill-health and bereavement.

Our aim to to help you put in place proper legal provision to ensure that your family and dependents are properly provided for and looked after long into the future.

Proper legal provision is this respect means personal legal provision. Your arrangements should be unique because your exact circumstances and personal wishes are unique. Anything else can easily leave behind a legacy of uncertainty, cost and conflict, or else fail to maximise the benefits your family eventually receives.

For all of these reasons, our solicitors remains firmly committed to providing a bespoke and affordable private service that is a world away from the call centres, DIY forms and computerised services which proliferate in this area.


Our solicitors provide a simple and affordable Wills service designed to give you total confidence that your Will accurately reflects and enforces your wishes, as well as maximising your estate value with regards to tax and other implications.

It is important to recognise that the assumption that in the absence of a Will your possessions will automatically go to spouse, partner or children is simply not true.

In the absence of a Will, it is the law which decides who gets what, and the eventual arrangement may be nothing like you imagined. In the very worst cases, relatives end up in court to resolve life-changing issues such as who takes care of the deceased's children.

Click here to contact one of our specialist Wills solicitors today, or download our factsheet today for more information about making a Will.

Probate and Estate Administration

In the difficult period following the loss of a loved one, our solicitors provide a probate and estate administration service which will support you step-by-step through the various steps relating to their Will.

We can help you obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration as appropriate. We also provide a flexible service for the administration of estates, ranging from full administration through to a selective service which will help you carry out the administration yourself with 100% confidence.

We can also arrange the administration of overseas estates.

Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Court Protection Orders and more

We also support our clients with a broad range of services around the issues of inheritance, ill health and bereavement.

These services include: seeking Court of Protection orders (to allow you to make key decisions on behalf of someone who may be struggling through dementia or similar difficulties); making Powers of Attorney (which can assert your wishes in the event of physical and mental incapacity and help avoid Court of Protection issues at a later date); and optimising inheritance tax arrangements including establishing Trusts, understanding exemptions and so on.

Click here to contact one of our Guildford solicitors today.

Or click here to read more about our wider approach to family and personal law.

Michael Derrick Bryan Dean

Key People

Name: Michael Derrick
Position: Partner, private client
T: 01483 467 452

Name: Bryan Dean
Position: Partner, private client and property
T: 01483 467 476

Read our blog, Legal Eye, for the latest news and updates on wills, probate and ill-health issues.

Remember - among our specialist team of solicitors in Guildford are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

Probate Guildford

Wills Guildford

1st Floor, Wonersh House,
The Guildway,
Old Portsmouth Road,
Surrey GU3 1LR

Tel: 01483 302 345
Fax: 01483 301 339
DX: 146540 Guildford 8

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