What is a will?
A will is a legal document which sets out what should happen to your estate after you die. Your estate is made up of your personal possessions, property and money. If you need to write a will, change a will, or check that a will is valid, contact us for a free initial consultation meeting with a wills lawyer.
Why do I need a will?
More than half of UK adults do not have a valid will. It can be difficult to think about the future, but having a valid will in place will make things much easier for your loved ones. Wills are important if you have children or other people who rely on you financially. Wills can be particularly important for “blended” families where one or both partners have children from previous relationships.
You need a will if you want to make sure your estate is dealt with in a particular way after you die. If you die intestate (without having made a valid will), the law decides how your estate will be distributed. This might not reflect your wishes.
Having a valid will can help your family to avoid conflict after you die, and also potentially reduce the amount of inheritance tax which is payable on your estate. It is also important to change a will when your circumstances change, such as getting married, divorced or having children.
How do I write a will?
If you need a will we would always recommend seeking legal advice first, particularly if your circumstances may be complicated. Although it is possible to write a will yourself, it is very easy to make mistakes, which can be costly and stressful for your family after your death.
A specialist wills lawyer will be able to help you identify all of your assets, consider the implications of your preferred arrangements and make sure that the will is valid.
We offer a free initial meeting with a wills lawyer to discuss your needs, before you decide whether to appoint us. If you instruct us to write a will, a named wills lawyer will deal with your case from start to finish, and a member of the wills team will always be available to speak to on a day-to-day basis.
Contact us for a quote or to book your free consultation meeting.
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