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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 qualified lawyers can help you arrange your affairs and plan effectively for the future.

Writing a Will

Making a Will or beginning to write a Will is often one of those tasks that gets put off, but there comes a time when you are likely to want to ensure that your affairs are in order when the time comes.

One of the most important things anyone can do is to secure the future for the ones they care about. We can’t know what will happen to us but writing a will and getting sensible advice on UK inheritance tax laws and about how best to pass on assets is an essential part of that planning process.

Our Private Client Solicitors are experts in Will writing, and invest a lot of time in making sure you get what you want and that it works.

Do you need solicitor for Will?

We make 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 = £540 Inc VAT
(Tailored Meeting + Preparation Fee).

Couples Will = £720 Inc VAT
(Tailored Meeting + Preparation Fee).

You can choose to only have a tailored meeting at a reduced cost before deciding to proceed with the Will preparation.

More complex Wills incorporating multiple gifts, Trusts or Tax planning can cost more depending on the type of trust. As a guide for making a Will and Trust together you will be looking at costs in excess of £800. We will be able to assess the overall costs of your Will at our initial meeting.

Our fees for making a Will include storage.

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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 them is that you are able to specify in advance the extent of medical treatment that you wouldn’t want to be given 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:

    • Whether you would you like to be cared for in a hospice or at home
    • How your medical treatment might be affected by beliefs
    • Refusal of treatment you don’t want to receive, such as CPR or life support

    For a long time it was thought that such 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. 

    Dying without a Will?

    When a person dies without leaving a valid will, their property (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.

    Disputing a Will or Inheritance?

    Whether you are an individual beneficiary, a trustee, an executor or an administrator, whether you are a claimant or defendant, we have experience in acting for you. Our Dispute Resolution team can advise you.

    Removing an Executor from post?

    Being an Executor is an important role both for ensuring that the wishes of the person who died are carried out but also for ensuring that all the administration associated with dealing with someone’s estate is correctly managed. It is a job that is often given to close family and friends who may also be significant beneficiaries as well. It is precisely because of these things that problems can occur. 

    For further info on removing an Executor from post, download our pdf ‘Removing an executor from a will – can you / should you?‘.

    If you think you may have a claim because you have not been included in a will or not sufficiently included, click here.

    When you need urgent action we are quick and decisive. Where more strategic input is required, we will offer you pragmatic thoughtful solutions to avoid a dispute or mitigate risk with advice that is clear, concise and cost effective. Whether you are an individual beneficiary, a trustee, an executor or an administrator, whether you are a claimant or defendant, we have experience in acting for you. Our Dispute Resolution team can advise you.

    Unfairly left out of a Will?

    Maybe you think you have grounds to challenge a Will, inheritance or have not been provided for? We have created a brief explanation of who may claim, on what basis, and for how much award when they have been left out of 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 might 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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    Our Private Wealth & Inheritance team answer your questions about how to financially plan after winning the lottery.

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