Making a will is the best way of providing for others after your death. Fitzhugh Gates Solicitors in Brighton and Shoreham-by-Sea have the expertise to draw up wills and advise on all related matters.

A person dying without making a will is said to be intestate, this can cause many problems to those left behind after the death. This can be particularly distressing to your family at what will be a difficult time.

Making a will enables you to choose who you wish to be your executors, to appoint guardians for your children and make provision for friends or charities if you so wish.

Making a will should not be left to another day, and not rushed on a whim. Contact us to find out what you need to do to ensure that your private affairs are conducted in accordance with your wishes.

Head of department: Rhiannon Winter LLB (Hons) - Partner

Who inherits If I do not have a will?

The following chart shows the rules of intestacy that apply if you die without making a will.

FHG Intestacy Flow Chart Infograph explaining who inherits if I do not have a will


STEP LogoAll our private client fee earners are members of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), a worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. The Society helps to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promotes education and high professional standards among its members.

STEP Will Writing Code RoundelFitzhugh Gates is fully compliant with the STEP Code for Will Preparation in England & Wales, which is a set of ethical principles that operate for the benefit of clients and demonstrate openly the commitment of STEP members to transparency and client service.

How to make a will or get help with any probate matter

Everybody needs to put a proper will in place and think about arrangements after you have gone. Proper advice from an experienced solicitor will ensure that your family and friends do not face upset or uncertainty when you are no longer in a position to make your wishes clear.

You can review our Private Client Services Department People, Services and Fees here.

Asking us for help could not be easier; you can contact us in Brighton and Hove or Shoreham-by-Sea, or use our online priority enquiry form.