Many people have asked the question, “what is a Will?” You may have heard of the importance of having a Will but aren’t 100% sure what one is. Basically, a Will allows you to decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after you pass away. Your Will can also ensure that you don’t end up paying more inheritance tax than you need to.
Once you have written your Will, two independent people will be required to be a witness and sign the document to make it legally valid. The process of signing is strict and must be followed to ensure the will is valid.
Whilst you can write your Will at any point during your life, it is best practice to get one in place sooner rather than later. Also, once you have one in place you should then continue to review and update it every couple of years or at least when your circumstances change, so that they are accounted for.
When it comes to writing a Will it can be daunting as there are many different types. To ensure you pick the right one, our Will and Probate specialists can provide you with support, guidance and advice every step of the way.
Many people, once they make a Will forget about it and neglect to update it when circumstances change. You will need to update your Will after events like moving house, getting married, divorce or remarriage and changing your name. This is vital to avoid future disappointment and confusion for your loved ones. If you have a Will in place already we will be happy to review it, so that you can check whether you Will is up to date and if any changes are required.
Thinking about writing your own Will? There are significant risks in writing a Will with no legal assistance and we would strongly advise that for any legal document you seek legal advice. For example, if there are mistakes or it lacks clarity your Will could end up being invalid and disputed.
Using professionally trained Will writers to write your Will, is even more important if you have a number of beneficiaries and your finances have a complicated nature.
Initially, our Will writers meet with you to have a chat, in order to ensure that all of your wishes are accounted for. After this initial chat they can begin drafting your Will. They will also consider other aspects such as; what happens in the event that beneficiaries pass away before you, if you have children who will be there legal guardian, who will be your executor and other important wishes of yours for example whether you wish to be cremated or buried.
Using legal trained Will solicitors over other Will writing services can bring you peace of mind and you can be certain that all your wishes will be granted. All of our solicitors are trained, knowledgeable and experienced, meaning that you will receive only the highest standard of service. All of this means that you can rest assured that your loved ones protected after you pass away.
Our Will solicitors are committed to working closely with you, so that your Will includes all of your wishes. We will ensure that everything is crystal clear, so you have no doubt that your wishes will be met.
Whether you need a Will writing or changes need to be made, get in touch with us now and benefit from our fixed-fee rates for Will services, so that you know from day one how much it will cost you.
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