Will writing that

We understand that making a will is not something people necessarily want to think about, or is something that you feel you can table for another day.

However, regardless of your circumstances, whether you’re young or old, single or married, with or without children, it is important to make provisions for your family and loved ones in case the worst should happen, and ensure that your wishes are adhered to.

Wills

Albeit an important document to make, there has always been a stigma around writing a will, and a number of myths surrounding wills that make people reserved about making one.

A will is quite possibly one of the most important documents regarding your estate that you will ever make, as it outlines what your wishes are in terms of the who’s and what’s of redistributing your estate upon your death.

You may have heard that wills are only for those who are extremely wealthy, or for those who are not in a relationship or without children, however these situations are simply not the case. Everyone who has property or assets of any kind, married or not, in a relationship or not, with children or not, should look to write a will to ensure that their wishes are adhered to.

A will makes sorting out your affairs much clearer and easier for your family after your death, removing doubt and worry at a distressing time.

If you die without making a will, you will have died intestate, meaning that if no relatives are found and you are not married, then your estate will go to the Crown. The estate will often not simply pass on to a spouse entirely, and if unmarried then there is a real danger of them being entitled to nothing.

It is also important, especially if you are recently divorced or have faced a recent change in your family circumstances, to review your will. Our will writers in Nottingham and Birmingham offer a free will review service.

Below, we’ve outlined a few frequently answered questions that our will writers in Nottingham and Birmingham have had in the past.

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Frequently asked questions

Don't you have to be wealthy to need a will?

Don't you have to be wealthy to need a will?

Not at all! A will identifies what your wishes are after your will, including to your assets such as your home, possessions, and your finances; but also what your wishes are in regards to your funeral provisions and so forth.

Doesn't everything just pass to my partner or my children anyway?

Doesn't everything just pass to my partner or my children anyway?

Well, not necessarily! If you are married and died intestate (without a will), then your entire estate up to £650,000 would be passed to your spouse. A will allows you to outline beneficiaries and their share of your estate.

What if we're not married?

What if we're not married?

If you're not married and died intestate then your partner would not be entitled to any share of your estate upon your death. It would go to your closest living relative.

What should I include in my will?

What should I include in my will?

The main things you will need to consider are:

• Funeral provisions

• Executors to administer the estate

• Beneficiaries

• Guardians to take care of any children

• Cash gifts or pecuniary legacies you may wish to leave

When should I review my will?

When should I review my will?

Life changes, and your will should reflect that so that your wishes remain current! Events to consider a codecil (will review) include:

• You or your children’s marital status changes

• The birth of a child in the family
• You move house
• The size or status of your assets change
• Someone named in your will dies

Why go with a law firm rather than an online vendor?

Why go with a law firm rather than an online vendor?

While it might be tempting to go with an online vendor who offers a low upfront fee, our expertise in the field allows for us to tailor your will to your particular circumstances.

Some vendors look to make their money with subscription-style storage and review fees which cancels out their low price offering.

Our will writing services

Will review

£ 0
  • Free initial consultation
  • Suggestions for areas of your will that you should review and potentially amend
  • One round of amendments to your current will
  • £50 optional will storage fee

Basic will writing

£ 225 for single wills, inc. VAT;
joint will - £300 inc. VAT
  • Free initial consultation
  • Drafting of the will to your wishes
  • Meeting with you at our offices to go through your will, make any amendments, and sign the document
  • £50 optional will storage fee

Including a trust

£ 300 for a property trust, inc. VAT;
discretionary trust - £675 inc. VAT
  • Free initial consultation
  • Draft the trust according to your wishes alongside your will
  • Meeting with you at our offices to go through your will and trust, make any amendments, and sign the document

Private client matters are worked on by a chartered legal executive who has worked on wills and probate matters for 8 years and has completed over 250 cases over those years, as well as a probate solicitor with 6 years experience handling probate matters completing over 250 cases. All matters are ultimately supervised by a qualified solicitor (LPC) with 17 years experience practising law.

Ever considered a life folder?

Just one of those questions you should ask yourself every now and then. In case anything was to happen to you, it’s probably a good idea to have a folder with your most important documents to hand so that those closest to you can have peace of mind in knowing what to do next. Click the button below for our guide to a good life folder!