MAKING A WILL
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According to recent research about 70% of UK adults don’t bother making a Will because they believe everything they have will go directly to their partner or children.
What really happens?
Why should you make a Will?
If you die without making a Will your estate will be distributed under the Rules of Intestacy incorporated in the Administration of Estates Act 1925.
This can sometimes leave your children without any of your estate, but at other times they may be left with too much of your estate, forcing the sale of your family home to meet their inheritance. The law will dictate who can administer your estate and they may not be the people you trust most with your family’s inheritance.
If you die leaving children under the age of 18, who will look after them? By not making a Will you may be leaving such decisions to Social Services. If you are not married your partner may not inherit anything from your estate and this could result in them being forced out of the home you have shared together. They would have to make a long and expensive claim against your estate to get money you would have wanted them to have.
How can making a Will address these concerns?
- In your Will YOU decide who will administer your estate: someone you trust and know who is honest and reliable or a professional executor such as a solicitor can be appointed.
- In your Will YOU decide who you want to be the guardians for your children if they are orphaned.
- In your Will YOU can make sure that your partner and/or children are financially secure by deciding who will share in your estate when you die.
- In your Will YOU can leave a gift to a close friend, colleague or charity.
- Your Will can also be used to reduce or remove any inheritance tax burden that may arise upon your death, leaving more for your family or reduce the effects of means testing when calculating your contributions towards long term care should you need it.
Why use Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors?
Your Will is an important legal document and needs to be drawn up by a qualified legal expert. The solicitors at Canter Levin & Berg are ideally placed to provide unbiased confidential advice and will be able to complete matters quickly and simply.
We understand that you may be nervous about making your Will and the formalities involved. We are friendly and offer a flexible service, visiting you in your own home or hospital/nursing home if necessary or more convenient to you.
When taking instructions we will listen to your wishes and put these into a legal document to make sure that those wishes are followed when you die.
Our charges for preparing a single Will start from as little as £150 (inclusive of VAT). If required, we offer free storage of your Will.
Contact a member of our Wills and Probate Department on 0151 239 1064 for straightforward advice or complete our short online enquiry form at the top of this page.
You can find out more about our fixed charge services here.
Head of Wills and Probate
0151 239 1198