Wills & Power of Attorney

Don’t put it off, plan for the future today

Don’t put it off, plan for the future today

Making a Will

Making a Will

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Deputyship & Court of Protection

Deputyship & Court of Protection

Preserve your wealth for future generations

With over 100 years experience

None of us know what the future holds and so, whatever your age, you should plan for what will happen to your assets after your death or if you lose mental capacity.

Our specialist lawyers practice in Wills, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters. We will advise you on the best way to protect your wealth for the future, provide for your loved ones and minimise tax.

Your dedicated lawyer will guide you through your Will and Power of Attorney.

Your local solicitors since 1882

Our clients rate us excellent

Shaun
We have just completed some legal paperwork with Mrs Isabel Figueiredo and as ever she provided a brilliant service. She explained everything and made sure that my wife and I understood before proceeding. I cannot recommend her enough and thank you again.
Sue Greenman

Everything was completed professionally and within my tight time scales. I would like to say thank you and would definitely go back to Goughs should I need help in the future.

Matt Saunders

Sophie was very attentive and responsive and understood the need to act quickly in regard to our purchase process. She was diligent with the paperwork and was very easy to talk to and clear at explaining what was required in terms of action from our side and from the seller.

Ali McBrine

Thank you Alice Blackmore for your fantastic professional support, with care, compassion and kindness, of our need for explanation and understanding of the system and language in a lot of correspondence. Thank you too for being always being honest and empathic of our feelings.

Mike Blunsdon

Ellie genuinely cared and was invested in her work which added that personal touch of understanding and empathy that is needed when it comes to sensitive family matters. Her dedication and hard work secured my family and I the best possible outcome we could have hoped for.

Andrew Alvis

Another well-managed transaction handled promptly and professionally by Nadine Cook and her team. We have used Goughs before, will use again and would not hesitate to recommend their services to anybody.

Jennifer Jay
Luchia was extremely professional yet relaxed in her approach. Her experience and knowledge were obvious and she was tactful to the extreme in some of our unconventional bequests and wishes during a Will making appointment.
Phil Carter

Goughs Solicitors provide a friendly, professional and extremely reassuring service. The whole team, especially Georgina Catlin, are empathetic and provide sound advice when required, you definitely feel you are in safe hands.

Why choose Goughs?

Our team have worked with thousands of clients over the years to ensure their families are well looked after on their death and that their wishes are acted upon as planned.

We can assist you with…

Making a Will

Amending a Will

Making a Living Will

Preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney

Disputing a Power of Attorney

Deputyship applications

Statutory Wills

Disputing a Deputyship

We’re recommended by the leading legal guide; the Legal 500.

Why work with Goughs?

Local since 1882, with an excellent reputation

First-class, effective service

Largest solicitors in Wiltshire

Seven offices throughout the county

Nationally accredited law firm

Recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners

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Your Wills and Powers of Attorney team

Andrew Kelly

Associate Solicitor

Andrew has over twenty years litigation experience and has worked on a wide range of contentious probate matters. He has a particular interest in Will disputes; Inheritance Act claims; Proprietary estoppel; and Professional negligence.

 

Catherine Cole

Associate Private Client Practitioner

Following a career in hospitality, Catherine began working in private client law in 2002. She joined Goughs in 2017 and within 2 years she was promoted to an Associate

Maxine Coles

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Maxine specialises in Private Client work, with much of her work being in elderly client care. She has a natural empathy towards clients in what can often be distressing situations.

Samantha Pettersen

Solicitor

Samantha joined Goughs as a Solicitor in 2020. Samantha has been practicing in Private Client law since 2018, and loves the personal interaction with clients and being able to help them with difficult personal and emotional circumstances.

Annie James

Solicitor

Annie qualified as a Private Client solicitor in 2016 and joined Goughs in February 2020. She specialises in the preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, preparation and administration of Trusts, and the administration of Estates. Annie prides herself on taking the time to really understand the needs and priorities of her clients.

Rochelle Graham

Solicitor

Rochelle qualified as a Private Client solicitor in September 2019 after gaining valuable experience in the Private Client team. She is now a year qualified and continues to develop and further her knowledge of Private client work.

Luchia Hirst

Associate Solicitor

Luchia has been practicing Private Client law for close to 8 years, and really enjoys the client contact and hands-on nature of this area of practice.

Dawn Moir

Partner (TEP)

Dawn joined in 2003 and became a partner in 2004. Whilst Dawn supports her team with all aspects of estate planning and estate administration, her particular areas of expertise are later life planning & support, and trust creation & administration, including all things tax.

Phillip Bolton

Partner & Head of Private Wealth

Phillip is a Partner and Head of the Private Wealth Team at the firm. His practice encompasses all aspects of private client work, with a particular interest in complex Wills, wealth preservation, tax mitigation, and estate planning.

Emma Taylor

Partner & Head of Private Client

Emma began her life at Goughs in 2008 as a Solicitor. Now, with over 15 years of experience, she is a Partner and Head of the Private Client Department. Emma deals with all areas of Private Client work but has a particular interest in Trusts and Complex Property Ownership.

Trish Watkins

Senior Associate (CILEx)

As a Private Client lawyer, Trish always had a strong empathy for the elderly and vulnerable and prides herself in being able to engage with them and support them through what can be very difficult times.

Popular questions
about making a Will and LPAs

In many situations, people make assumptions about how their estate will be distributed on their death and therefore don’t make a Will. We strongly advise against this as the ‘Intestacy Rules’ that come into play, in the event no will has been prepared, are very strict.

Having a Will is a good way of protecting children. Should the parents die prior to their eighteenth birthday, this is their opportunity to appoint a Guardian’ to take care of their child(ren).

Making a Will is also particularly important if you are in a relationship, living together or if you have remarried and there are biological and/or stepchildren who should benefit from your estate. They won’t necessarily benefit under ‘Intestacy’ so you will need to make provisions for this.

If you should be separating from your partner or spouse, you should review any existing Will, or make a new Will, particularly if there are children involved. Divorce does not revoke a Will. The Will remains valid but no gifts to your former spouse take effect.

Creating a Will yourself or through an online provider might look like a favourable option in terms of costs, however we’d strongly advise against this.

Having a solicitor to draw up your Will means it is very flexible in terms of the Executors that are chosen, they are prepared in accordance with what you want, and then stored safely and securely.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the accuracy of the Will can be guaranteed. It is easy to make ambiguous statements or even errors when constructing your own Will, which could lead to stress for a grieving family and even huge expense in correcting upon your death.

It is important to keep your Will updated to ensure it continues to reflect your circumstances. Any changes in your personal circumstances should trigger the review of your Will.

At Goughs Solicitors, we’re happy to look at your personal circumstances to ensure your Will is still reflecting your wishes.

It’s a common misconception that Lasting Powers of Attorney are for the elderly but mental incapacity can affect anyone, regardless of age.  Unfortunately, no one knows what the future holds and anyone can have an accident or be struck down by an illness and in this respect a Lasting Power of Attorney is just as essential as having a Will in place. 

By making a Lasting Power of Attorney you can have peace of mind that in the future all of your affairs will be dealt with by your chosen, trusted Attorney.

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