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Will Writing Service

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A will writing service can help take the stress out of making a will. Everyone with assets and or children under 18 should have a Will, yet only 4 in 10 UK adults have made a will even though they own a property. Furthermore, those that have, will probably have a Will in place, which is entirely unsuitable.

When you are a business owner or have a share of a business, then your family, may not inherit your share of it.

Many inheritances are often lost due to divorce settlements, or to creditors, bankruptcy and avoidable taxation.

Ensuring your estate is not subject to the Laws of intestacy can only be achieved with a Will and the correct Will, with appropriate trusts, protects your wealth and safeguards your family’s security. Our will writing service gives help and advice throughout the process, such as appointing executors, trustees and guardians.

“Putting off making a Will until it is too late, poses all sorts of problems for those left behind, which could result in some or all your estate either passing to the wrong person or to the state.”

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FAQs – Will Writing

Why do I need a will?

People avoid making a Will for all sorts of reasons. Superstition, not wanting to tempt fate, misunderstanding that certain people will automatically inherit, or because they simply cannot face the idea of their own mortality.

Putting off making a Will until it is too late, poses all sorts of problems for those left behind, which could result in some or all your estate either passing to the wrong person or to the state.

Writing a Will allows you to plan exactly how, when and who benefits from your estate including friends, family and charities.

What happens if I don’t make a Will?
This is called Intestacy. There are specific rules of intestacy that set out who will inherit and by how much if you do not leave a valid will.

This may not be what you would have wished for and in the worst-case scenarios where relatives cannot be traced, your assets will be taken by the Crown.

  • You cannot be sure those you would wish to benefit will do so.
  • Your spouse / civil partner will not automatically inherit ALL your estate.
  • “Common Law” partners may not receive anything.
  • Minor children could be taken into care whilst Guardians are appointed
  • There could be lengthy delays for your beneficiaries and disputes.
Who needs to make a Will?

Quite simply anyone over the age of 18 who is of sound mind, however, it is possible for members of the armed forces to make a Will under the age of 18 (advice should be sought in these circumstances).

Under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983, the Court of Protection may approve the making of a Will, or a Codicil to a Will for someone who is mentally incapable of doing so themselves.

What makes a Will valid?

It should be in writing and appoints someone to carry out the instructions of the Will (an Executor) who can dispose of possessions, property, savings and investments.

It must be signed by the person making the will (the Testator) or signed on the Testator’s behalf, in his or her presence and by his / her direction. This must be done in the presence of two witnesses who must sign the will in the presence of the Testator. 

Can I state what happens to my body in my Will?

Lots of people shy away from discussing their funeral arrangements with family and friends, so making a Will is a good way of letting people know whether you wish to be buried, or cremated and any specific requests you might have for your funeral service.

However, it should be noted that your Executors are under no obligation whatsoever to carry out funeral wishes requested in your Will.

 One way to guarantee your wishes are met is to set up a pre-paid Funeral Plan, in which case, you can include details of these arrangements in your Will.

Is making a Will difficult?

No. You need to make a list of your property and assets and consider who you wish to benefit from your estate, ensuring provision has been made for dependant relatives. You should also consider who you would want to look after your children (Guardians) if they are still young. Our will writing service can help with planning your will.

 
 
How will this provide me with peace of mind?

A Will provides you with the ultimate peace of mind.

Making a Will enables you to plan exactly what will happen to your property (estate) following your demise. This ensures that those you would like to benefit actually do so, in accordance with your wishes and at the same time avoiding any possible disputes between relatives.

Quite simply, making a Will is an insurance for your most cherished beneficiaries, and of course your most important wealth; in fact your entire life’s financial endeavours.

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