Our article in this week’s Pontefract & Castleford Express highlights the importance of making a will.  This is a great time to deal with an issue on many people’s ‘to do’ list by taking advantage of our Pontefract office opening offer.  Read the full article below, or for more information telephone our Wills and Probate Solicitor Laura Scott on 01977 705762.

“King Street Solicitors LLP opened its Pontefract office last week and is celebrating the launch of the new office with a 50% discount on legal fees in October and 25% reduction in November and December. 

Solicitor Laura Scott, who is based in the Ropergate office, explains why she recommends that her clients make a will.

“Sadly, death is the most certain thing in life, but making a will is a sensible way to plan for the inevitable and minimize the distress and burden caused to family left behind,” she explained.  “I regularly advise parents who want to ensure that they have named a Guardian for their children and made the best possible arrangements for them.”

Laura explains that it is not only parents of young children who need to consider making a will.  “There is a common misconception that unmarried partners will automatically receive their partner’s estate on death.  However, the only way to ensure that an unmarried partner benefits from their partner’s estate is by making provision for them in a will.”

Partner Sue Wittrick, a solicitor with over thirty years’ experience, who heads the firm’s Wills and Probate Team, commented:

“Many people are greatly helped by having a valid and up-to-date will.  What is less common knowledge is that it is essential for someone in the early stages of dementia to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).  LPAs allow you to give directions to your attorney, ensuring that your wishes are respected in circumstance where you no longer have the capacity to make decisions for yourself”.