Will Solicitors

Are you looking to make a Will or perhaps review and update your Will?  Our Private Wealth team has specialists on hand to help you.

Our experienced, pragmatic and sympathetic team of lawyers can help you arrange your personal affairs and plan effectively for the future.

Preparing a Will

Preparing a Will is often one of those tasks that gets forgotten or overlooked until it is too late. However, there comes a time when you want to ensure that your personal affairs are in order.

One of the most important elements of your Will is to ensure the security and peace of mind for those you care about. It is impossible to predict our future but when preparing a Will, it is essential to obtain up to date advice on the current Inheritance Tax position and how best to structure your Will in order to carry out your wishes in the most tax efficient way.

Our Private Wealth & Inheritance team are experts in the preparation of Wills and will ensure that your new Will is suitable for your circumstances.

Do you need solicitor to prepare your Will?

We draft Wills that are bespoke to you. Unlike some providers, we will not provide a cheap headline price and make several additions in cost once we have received your information. Our Wills are tailored to you and your family and here we outline what you can expect from us

  • A Will bespoke to you and your family
  • A bespoke review of inheritance tax position, including a meeting or call to discuss basic advice on possible actions to mitigate tax
  • We will gather information about your family and the make-up of your estate to enable us to advise on whether or not Inheritance is an issue
  • We will importantly look at potential pitfalls with your proposals
  • We find out your wishes and assess your attitude to certain things, e.g. the age in which children should inherit
  • We explore such things as what provisions should be made if a major beneficiary dies prematurely or at the same time as you
  • We then draft a Will which is sent to you along with a detailed commentary designed to ensure that you understand everything in the Will
  • We then store your Will free of charge
What is the cost of a Will?

The cost of making a basic Will (prices inclusive of VAT) is broken down as follows:

Single Will = £570 Inc VAT

Mirror Will = £780 Inc VAT

These fees include an initial meeting or call of up to one hour in order to discuss your personal circumstances and your wishes. The charge for the initial meeting is £360 including VAT.

More complex Wills incorporating multiple gifts, Trusts or Tax planning can cost more depending on the type of Trust. Depending on the complexity of your Will, our costs start at £810 including VAT per Will (in addition to the initial meeting fee). We will be able to assess the overall costs of your Will at our initial meeting.

Our fees for making a Will include storage.

Start making your Will online

If you would like to know how to make a Will, start making a Will online, fill in your details and submit our online questionnaire and we can begin to tailor your will specific to your needs:

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    Making a Will FAQ’s


    Including Digital Assets in a Will?

    Do you have countless logins or passwords to vital information that would be useful to include as part of your Will?

    Have you considered your Digital Assets when making a Will?

    What is a Living Will?
    Our experienced Private Client Solicitors are specialists in Living Wills sometimes called Advanced Decisions.
    The idea behind a Living Will is that you are able to specify in advance the extent of medical treatment that you would not want to receive in the event of suffering a severe medical condition and being unable to give instructions about your care in the future.
    Living Wills can include (amongst other things):
    • Whether you would like to be cared for in a hospice or at home;
    • How your medical treatment might be affected by your beliefs; and
    • Refusal of treatment the you would not wish to receive, such as CPR or life support
    For a long time it was thought that Living Wills had no validity, but in recent years the opinion of the legal and medical profession is that they are valid so long as there is proof that the writer still feels the same way about his or her care at the time when he or she becomes ill.
    When Someone Dies Without a Will

    When someone dies without leaving a valid Will, their assets (the Estate) must be shared out according to certain rules. These are called the Rules of Intestacy.

    Our Intestacy Rules Flowchart will help you to understand what will happen to your assets if you die without having a valid Will.

    Challenging a Will or Inheritance

    Whether you are an individual beneficiary, a Trustee, an Executor or an Administrator, our Dispute Resolution team can advise you.

    Removing a Personal Representative (Executor or Administrator) from their Position

    Being an Executor is an important role both for ensuring that the wishes of the deceased are carried out but also for ensuring that all the administration associated with dealing with someone’s Estate is correctly managed. It is a position that is often given to close family and friends who may lack the expertise to deal with the Estate sufficiently.

    For further information on removing an Executor from their position, download our pdfRemoving an executor from a will – can you / should you?‘.

    Whether you are an individual beneficiary, a Trustee, an Executor or an Administrator, our Dispute Resolution team can advise you.

    Excluded from a Will

    If you feel that you have not been adequately provided for in a Will or under the Rules of Intestacy, our Dispute Resolution team can assist. We provide a brief explanation of who may claim and on what basis when they have been excluded from a Will in our article ‘Unfairly left out of a Will?‘.

    What Does it Cost to Challenge a Will?

    In most cases where a dispute over a Will occurs (typically between family members), it is best to seek to resolve any disputes amicably. Where this is not possible then Court action may be the only alternative, but it comes at a cost both personally and financially.

    > More Info: How much will it cost to challenge a will?

    I am going to inherit some money…what do I do?

    Charitable Trustees should seek to maximise the return on their investments; except where the investment is in explicit conflict with the Charity’s purposes.

    Q&A: Understanding Power of Attorney

    By having a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) in place, it allows you to appoint one or two close friends or relatives to make decisions.

    What happens to My Bitcoins when I die?

    The lack of a central registry means that without having direct access to the virtual wallet valuing and indeed paying any tax due becomes impossible.

    Funeral Disputes and the rights to your body

    Rights to the body and funeral disputes are not uncommon. Disputes arise over concern about the final resting place of the deceased.

    What happens to digital assets when you die?

    Our increasing concern about security, privacy and protecting our identities online means that people are taking more care securing their digital assets…

    What do I do with an Inherited weapon?

    Regardless of how the weapons were obtained, it is now your duty as the Personal Representative to deal with them, so what do you do?

    Unfairly left out of a Will?

    This article provides a brief explanation of who may claim, on what basis, and for how much award when they have been left out of a will.

    Making a cheap Will is a bad idea!

    A cheap or homemade Will is really like most things in life – if it is too good to be true, it often is! There is a lot to consider when making a Will…

    The pros and cons of moving the tax year end

    The latest Office of Tax Simplification reports the pros and cons of moving the tax year end either to 31 March or 31 December…

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