It has been estimated that seven out of 10 people have not yet made a Will. Is it something you have yet to get round to?
If you have not made a Will, everything you leave will be divided according to the fixed rules of intestacy. For example:
- Without Wills, a husband or wife may only receive part of an estate if there are children. This can lead to the forced sale of a family home causing much distress.
- If you live with a partner, unmarried, the survivor on death receives nothing at all if no Will has been made unless they have been living together for some years prior to the death and are eligible to make a claim to court.
Warners' lawyers use their specialist expertise in preparing a Will, with knowledge not only of the law of Wills, but also the laws of property, trusts and tax, all of which may have a direct bearing on how your Will should be drawn.
If you draw up your own Will the main danger is that you may unwittingly use language that will misinterpret your intentions. This can cause more problems than no Will at all. If a bank prepares your Will it often insists on also acting as an executor. Its fees for so doing are usually much higher than those of a solicitor.
To help you think about everything you will need to consider when preparing a Will we have put together a Will Questionnaire. Please click on the link below to download a pdf copy.
Once you have completed the questionnaire please send it to us at the address below, we will then contact you to arrange an appointment.
Private Client Team
Warners Solicitors, Bank House, Bank Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1BL
Email: [email protected], Tel: 01732 770660, Fax: 01732 362452
If you would prefer to fill in a Word document please send an email to [email protected] and we will send you a copy
Accredited by the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme
We are delighted to be an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). This shows that we follow best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in providing tailored wills and probate advice to consumers.
- We will not pressure you into buying more complex advice that is not in your best interests.
- Our dedicated wills and probate service is tailored to your needs. We will explain the process, options, costs and likely timescales.
- We will keep you up-to-date using your preferred method of communication.
- Accredited solicitors and other staff complete mandatory training on the WIQS standard and show compliance through annual re-accreditation and ongoing enforcement checks by the Law Society.
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