LEICESTERSHIRE
WILL-WRITING,
POWER OF ATTORNEY
AND DEPUTYSHIP SPECIALISTS

We specialise in drafting wills, lasting power of attorney applications and supporting clients through the deputyship application process when loved ones are unable to look after their own affairs for clients across the East Midlands.

Westcotes Wills goal is to provide you with sufficient information so that you can make informed decisions allowing you to protect yourself, your family and if appropriate, your business in the event of serious illness or death.

LEICESTERSHIRE
WILL-WRITING,
POWER OF ATTORNEY
AND DEPUTYSHIP SPECIALISTS

We specialise in drafting wills, lasting power of attorney applications and supporting clients through the deputyship application process when loved ones are unable to look after their own affairs for clients across the East Midlands.

Westcotes Wills goal is to provide you with sufficient information so that you can make informed decisions allowing you to protect yourself, your family and if appropriate, your business in the event of serious illness or death.

About Westcotes Wills

About Westcotes Wills

Westcotes Wills’ goal is to provide you with clear concise information so that you can make the key decisions needed to protect yourself, your family and your business in the event of serious illness or death.

Our team has both a law and financial planning background, in addition to holding appropriate drafting qualifications and training for drafting wills, power of attorney and deputyship applications.

As a member of the Institute of Professional Willwriters Westcotes Wills are dedicated to demonstrating our commitment to being qualified and ethical in our approach.

The business proprietor Rosie has worked in financial services for 18 years and is a chartered financial planner. Training with the Institute of Professional Will Writers has taken her back to her legal routes of 20 years ago. She graduated with a LLB (Hons), law degree and has previously worked in a legal practice.  

We can really recommend Rosie

We can really recommend Rosie to help you with your will.  She has been amazing with all her knowledge, friendly advice, patience & understanding.  Most appreciative. 

clear and helpful advice

Thank you so much for your professionalism and patience with the drafting and completion of our wills.  You eased us through the process giving us clear and helpful advice.

very helpful

Rosie was very helpful, friendly, polite and engaging.  Her professionalism is second to none.

I was impressed

Rosie has helped me navigate the whole will-writing process with ease and made it far less daunting and scary than I was expecting it to be.  I was impressed by her pleasant and friendly manner and would definitely recommend her services.

Our first meeting is at our cost, before any work is carried out we agree the fee in advance.  All costs are transparent and clear.

Rosie works directly with private clients and professionals ensuring that their personal and business estate planning is fit for purpose, and that it is reviewed on a regular basis.  Taking account of the ever changing circumstances that are inevitable in life.

In her spare time Rosie is kept busy with her young family of two and trying to fit in the odd half marathon.

Working together to protect your family

Deciding who will look after you and your best interests should you fall ill or working out who receives your estate on your death are difficult and emotive decisions.  Decisions that many put off without realizing the impact of inaction.  Our job is to make sure you and your family has support and the appropriate knowledge when making these difficult decisions.  We also provide a point of contact when the documents we have drafted for you need to be used.

We offer a full review of your situation, both personal and where appropriate, business.  We will help you construct a coherent and informed plan to achieve your wishes. 

Good planning will put your family in the strongest position possible if you fall ill or die unexpectedly.  Making you wishes clear, will make your loved one’s journey much easier at an extremely difficult time.  It will ensure you can:

  • Prevent any family disputes.
  • Guarantee your family can continue to live in their home.
  • Decide who looks after your children and not the Courts.
  • Protect your estate for your children and grandchildren in the event of divorce or remarriage.
  • Control who is appointed to look after your best interest, rather than a lengthy and costly court application.

Working together to protect your family

Deciding who will look after you and your best interests should you fall ill or working out who receives your estate on your death are difficult and emotive decisions.  Decisions that many put off without realizing the impact of inaction.  Our job is to make sure you and your family has support and the appropriate knowledge when making these difficult decisions.  We also provide a point of contact when the documents we have drafted for you need to be used.

We offer a full review of your situation, both personal and where appropriate, business.  We will help you construct a coherent and informed plan to achieve your wishes.

Good planning will put your family in the strongest position possible if you fall ill or die unexpectedly.  Making you wishes clear, will make your loved one’s journey much easier at an extremely difficult time.  It will ensure you can

  • Prevent any family disputes.
  • Guarantee your family can continue to live in their home.
  • Decide who looks after your children and not the Courts.
  • Protect your estate for your children and grandchildren in the event of divorce or remarriage.
  • Control who is appointed to look after your best interest, rather than a lengthy and costly court application.

Quick Fact

Did you know unless you are married or in a civil partnership your partner has no automatic right to inherit your belongings and property?

Quick Fact

If you die without a will, your husband or wife could potentially only inherit
three quarters of your total assets.

Quick Fact

If you have no blood relatives the government will inherit your assets.

Quick Fact

The courts are reluctant to appoint a Health and Welfare Deputy.  The only way you can control who makes decisions on your behalf about your care and medical treatment is to appoint a Health & Welfare Attorney.

Quick Fact

Banks and building societies have a duty of care to customer’s who are vulnerable.  They can freeze both single named accounts and joint accounts. They can only be unfrozen by either a Property and Finance Deputy or a Property and Finance Attorney.

ARE YOU A BUSINESS OWNER?

As a business owner, a lot of time and effort goes in to establishing value and generating income for you, your family and employees.  A succession and continuity plan, to ensure your business can continue of you fall ill or die, is not always top of the agenda.

Planning ahead to develop the business should encompass all risk scenarios.

Typically, we work with business owners and their trusted advisers to help them understand and assess the risk to the business in the event of ill health or death. The type of business you run, the industry you are in and whether your wider family are involved in the day to day running of the business may influence the course the plan should take.   We help you

  • Assess the value of your business
  • Assess the value of key employees/income generators
  • Review your corporate documents e.g. Articles of Association
  • Establish an action plan to mitigate the identified risks.
  • Draft individual wills, business wills and business lasting power of attorneys 

The person or persons you appoint for your own personal affairs may not always be appropriate to manage your business.  A separate business will and lasting power of attorney is likely to be required.

ARE YOU A BUSINESS OWNER?

As a business owner, a lot of time and effort goes in to establishing value and generating income for you, your family and employees.  A succession and continuity plan, to ensure your business can continue of you fall ill or die, is not always top of the agenda.

Planning ahead to develop the business should encompass all risk scenarios.

Typically, we work with business owners and their trusted advisers to help them understand and assess the risk to the business in the event of ill health or death. The type of business you run, the industry you are in and whether your wider family are involved in the day to day running of the business may influence the course the plan should take.   We help you

  • Assess the value of your business
  • Assess the value of key employees/income generators
  • Review your corporate documents e.g. Articles of Association
  • Establish an action plan to mitigate the identified risks.
  • Draft individual wills, business wills and business lasting power of attorneys 

The person or persons you appoint for your own personal affairs may not always be appropriate to manage your business.  A separate business will and lasting power of attorney is likely to be required.

WHAT IS A WILL and why do i need one?

A will allows you to say how your estate (cash, property, investments and belongings) is distributed on your death.  The alternative is allowing the state to decide who receives your estate under the intestacy rules.

If intestacy rules apply only blood relatives and spouses by marriage or civil partnership will inherit.  Loved ones who do not fall into these categories will have to apply to the Courts to be granted a share of your estate.

WHAT IS POWER OF ATTORNEY?

A power of attorney document allows you to control who looks after your finances and how you are cared for, if you are unable or not in a position to make your own decisions due to illness, disability or a much longed for extended holiday.

This process is much simpler and less costly than the alternative of having a deputy appointed.

WHAT IS a DEPUTYSHIP application?

If your loved one becomes unable to make decisions about their financial affairs or care, a Deputyship application might be required. In fact, it’s the only option if a power of attorney hasn’t already been arranged.

Becoming a deputy involves making an application to the Court which can take between six and nine months. The application itself is a costly process and it’s also more expensive to manage compared to a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Please use our contact form if you’d like to get in touch, or, alternatively, why not give us a call on

0116 380 0752

We’re available weekdays 9am to 5pm.