Will and Testament

Why make a will?

The majority of adults in this country have no valid will. As a result, seven out of every ten people who die leave their loved ones with what may be unnecessarily complicated problems, at a time when they are least able to deal with them.

If you die without a will, the law will decide how your property is to be divided amongst the members of your family. This will often not result in a true reflection of your wishes.

Making a will is a simple process for most people. It will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your family will not be troubled by the complexity or expense that might result from intestacy (dying without a will).

Making a will enables you to:

  • Choose precisely how your property and possessions should be dealt with in the event of your death
  • Appoint an executor who will deal with all the necessary paperwork and procedures on your family's behalf
  • Create trusts for your children and give directions as to who will look after them
  • Give particular gifts or sums of money to specific people
  • Minimise and restrict tax liabilities
  • Make a joint will with your spouse or partner.

A dedicated will service

Every client has his or her own individual needs and requirements when making a will. This firm places great emphasis on ensuring that a highly personal service is given to each client whilst keeping the process as simple and inexpensive as possible.

Many people think that seeing a solicitor is always an expensive exercise. This is generally not the case with family matters, but it is important that clients should be aware of how much any service is likely to cost. We have accordingly created a fixed price wills service for the benefit of our clients with simple procedures and a high level of personal advice.

Some common myths about wills

1. Making a will wish a solicitor is expensive. Our fixed fee scheme keeps the cost to an absolute minimum and means that making a will is as inexpensive procedure.

2. I'm not rich enough to need a will. This is probably not true. Homes, cars and insurance policies alone can amount to a considerable sum. A will is also used for a variety of purposes entirely unconnected with the amount of money you have, such as specific gifts or the appointment of guardians.

3. I'm too young to be so morbid. Making a will does not in any way hasten your death. It does, however, enable you to have peace of mind that, in the event of an accident or sudden illness, the future of your family and the disposition of your possessions will be in your own hands.

4. I don't need to worry. I made a will years ago. Circumstances change and wills need to be reviewed at regular intervals. Your financial position may have altered or you may have married or divorced. (Marriage invalidates any previously-made will). One of the beneficiaries named in your will may have died. If you have already made a will and it is now quite old we shall be happy to review it with you to see if any changes need to be made.

5. My wife / husband will get it all anyway. This may depend on several factors and is not always guaranteed. Wouldn't you like to make sure?

The Cost

Except in the case of a particularly complex will involving detailed tax planning or the creation of complicated trusts, the cost of making a will is:

For a single individual : £TBC + VAT

For a pair of joint wills (i.e. husband and wife or partners): £TBC + VAT

The procedure

When you instruct us to prepare your will we will send you a questionnaire to complete and bring with you when you come for your appointment.

We can then discuss with you all the details of your will and give advice on any other aspects on which you may be unclear.

When you are completely satisfied that your will truly reflects your wishes, we will prepare the final document. If you wish, we will store it for you free of charge and provide you with a copy for your own records.

For the elderly or infirm, we shall be happy to arrange to visit you at home.

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