Statutory wills and gifts

Statutory Wills

We can assist in making a will, known as a ‘statutory will’ for people who don’t have the capacity to make one in the usual way, whether through illness, disability following an accident or because a person is learning disabled.

For a will to be made in the normal way, a person must have ‘testamentary capacity’, a legal test which requires an understanding of a number of issues including what is being left in a will and considering and choosing to whom their property should be left.

A statutory will requires an application to be made to the Court of Protection, to make a will on behalf of the person lacking capacity. Issues to be considered will include the wishes of the person lacking capacity, as far as they are known, tax planning and the views of families and friends where appropriate.

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Making a gift

Applications can be made to the Court of Protection to make gift from the funds of a person who has an attorney or a Deputy looking after their affairs.

We have a great deal of experience in making these applications, which would deal with larger gifts outside of the usual authority which an attorney or Deputy might have. Such gifts could be appropriate where, for example:

Contact us on 0161 871 3680 or on liz.hughes@hughjonessolicitors.co.uk for a free initial discussion with a member of our Court of Protection team to see how we can help.