Wills & Probate
Wills

Deciding to make a Will is one of the most important decisions that you will have to make during your lifetime.

It is important to have a Will that has been professionally drafted by a lawyer in order to avoid complications and unnecessary expense.

We understand that the preparation of a Will can sometimes be difficult, if not somewhat daunting, so why not contact a member of our specialist team for friendly, informal yet professional advice.

Our dedicated team – here to help

Writing a Will

Death is something most of us would rather not think about and maybe this is why approximately 60% of us die without ever having made a Will. “Too expensive!” “Everything I own will go automatically to my spouse!” “My assets are too insignificant!” – there are many misconceptions.  Having no Will, or a badly drawn Will, can inevitably create problems – this can lead to costly administration of your estate and create difficulties for your family.

Wills are often straightforward and can be written with the minimum of fuss, whether you are a single person, married, or in a civil partnership.  Some Wills, however, require very special technical knowledge and our experience and expertise will ensure that you have the right Will for your particular needs.

Why should I make a Will?

If you do not leave a Will, the law dictates who will inherit your estate. This may not be what you want, or what your family and friends expect.

If you are married or in a civil partnership, do not assume that your spouse or partner will inherit everything – this is not automatically the case.  Very often other family members are entitled to a share of your estate.

If you are a cohabitee, do not assume that your partner will inherit any of your estate.  The law will treat you as a single person with regard to the distribution of your estate and your partner may receive nothing at all.

If you have married or entered into a Civil Partnership since you made your last Will, your Will would have been revoked unless it had been specifically made in contemplation of such marriage or Civil Partnership.

If you made your Will many years ago, do not assume that the provisions of your Will are still effective – circumstances change and your Will should reflect this.

If you do not have a Will – when your family have to administer your estate it can create problems and anxiety for your relatives.

Who will make sure that my wishes or instructions are carried out?

It is usual for a Will to appoint Executors who will be responsible for ensuring that the terms of your Will are observed.  Your Executors may be relatives, or friends, or professional advisors.  Executors should be chosen with care, it is a big responsibility.

You may wish to appoint one or more professional Executors either alone, or alongside a member of your family or a friend.  We offer a full Executor service if you are looking for professional Executors who are both experienced and caring and would handle your estate quickly and efficiently.

To contact our Wills & Probate team, please call 01744 454433, or click here to email probate@sthelenslaw.co.uk >