If you’re involved in a personal Civil Law case, it’s crucial that you have access to clear, expert advice and skilled representation.

The Direct Access scheme puts you directly in touch with our fully qualified personal & civil law barristers who are experts in most Civil Law matters. You’ll receive the very best specialist legal advice at a lower cost. The continuity and personal service provided by Direct Access is something our clients find invaluable when dealing with personal legal issues.

If you can’t find the relevant legal area mentioned below, please contact our friendly professional clerks to discuss your needs.


Wills

A Will is a formal legal document which sets out what happens to your money, property and possessions on death. If drafted well it should be capable of lasting a lifetime without requiring any formal amendments. Without a valid Will your money, property and possessions may be shared out amongst family according to set rules regardless of any wishes you may have expressed.

Our Barristers are experienced in drafting Wills, and advising on their validity and effect, and are able to offer the following services on fixed fees:

Drafting simple Wills

For an individual, a Will: (1) leaving everything to named individuals or charities; (2) leaving everything to a spouse or partner with gift over to named individuals or charities in the event the spouse or partner has died; or (3) leaving everything to a spouse or partner with gift over to children.

For a couple (two Wills in mirrored terms): (1) leaving everything to a spouse or partner with gift over to named individuals or charities; (2) leaving everything to a spouse or partner with gift over to children.

These simple Wills include provision for funeral wishes, appointment of guardians for minor children, and gifts of specific items of furniture or jewellery.

Drafting more complex Wills

For an individual: including a Will establishing discretionary trusts (a flexible trust where money or property may be applied for the benefit of one or more of a class of beneficiaries at the discretion of appointed Trustees) or life interest trusts (where income or the benefit of property is applied to a named beneficiary during their lifetime but the capital value of the trust is preserved for another).

For a couple (two Wills in mirrored terms): including Wills establishing discretionary trusts or life interest trusts.

Please contact our Clerks to discuss your needs or arrange an initial consultation.


Trusts

Managing another’s money, property or possessions as a Trustee can be a complex process and the duties onerous. Getting it wrong could result in a financial claim against them personally.

Our Barristers don’t just deal with Trust disputes, they are also experienced in advising on the legal rules, duties, powers and complications in the administration of a Trust, including how to vary the terms of a Trust.

Please contact our Clerks to discuss your needs or arrange an initial consultation.


Probate

Applying for and accepting the legal right to deal with a deceased’s money, property or possessions (‘Probate’ or ‘Letters of Administration’) can be a complex process and the duties of the Executor or Administrator onerous. Getting it wrong could result in a financial claim against them personally or even criminal prosecution.

Our Barristers don’t just deal with probate disputes, they are also experienced in advising on the legal rules, duties and complications in the administration of a deceased’s estate, including how to vary the terms of a Will or rearrange the distribution of an estate under the rules of intestacy.

Please contact our Clerks to discuss your needs or arrange an initial consultation.

Please click here to see our Inheritance Act Fees.