If like many people you have been putting off making a will, then you might want to consider what happens if you leave it. Dying without a will can cause all kinds of uncertainty for the loved ones you leave behind; how do people know if you had any final requests, what funeral arrangements to make, and perhaps most importantly what happens to your children and your assets?
If you die without a will, your assets (known as your ‘estate’) are distributed according to strictly defined legislation known as the Intestacy Rules. However these rules may not mean your estate is distributed in a way that you would want. Depending on your marital status and personal circumstances, there is a possibility that your estate will not go to any of the people you might want it to go if, for example, you are not married to your partner he or she may find it difficult to receive anything from your estate if you have not made a will. If you are married, it is likely that without a will your estate would pass to your spouse.
Making a will is the only way to pass specific parts of your estate on your death to an unmarried partner, children, step-children, extended family or friends.
Knowing you have tied up all your loose ends in the exact way you want can give you peace of mind. When you make a will, you are leaving specific instructions for your loved ones that will be followed precisely.
We can advise you on any part of the law regarding wills and probate.
Michael Trueman is a solicitor with a great deal of experience in guiding clients through making a will; “It’s a subject that some people don’t like to think about but making a will is absolutely essential if you own any kind of assets,and you care about how they are passed on when you die. It is crucial to ensure that people’s wishes are set out clearly in their Will.”
Louise Trueman prepares many Wills for clients and is ready to help you to ensure that your plans are set out clearly so you can get on with your life in the knowlege that you have made the plans you need to.
Our fees are set out below
(a) In respect of straight forward wills:-
Single will £200 plus VAT
Mirror wills £300 plus VAT
Life interest will £350 plus VAT
(b) If it appears the will(s) you wish to make are more complex in terms of drafting, we will discuss the cost with you at our initial meeting.