Filling in the short form below will instantly give you a set of contact details for people who can help you with the writing of a will. You will be provided with their contact details, all within less than a second, and you will then be able to contact them directly to discuss your situation in more detail.
Filling in the short form above will instantly give you a set of contact details for people who can help you with the writing of a will. You will be provided with their contact details, all within less than a second, and you will then be able to contact them directly to discuss your situation in more detail.
General information about writing a Will
Writing a will can be very straight forward and might not necessarily cost much money. If you just have one beneficiary and your requirements are simple, you may wish to write your own will without getting any help. For most people the situation will be a bit more complicated and getting expert advice may be well worthwhile.
By filling in the form above you will get a list of contact details for experts who cover your local area. Some will be qualified Solicitors and some will be Legal Secretaries or Will Writers. Some will offer a low cost service where everything will be done from a distance by telephone and email. Other experts will provide a locally based service where you will be able go and visit them at their office or they will come and visit you at your home.
They will ask you to give them an overview of what you want along the following lines:
Who do you want your estate to be left to (the beneficiaries)?
Are you single, married or divorced?
Are there any particular people that you do not want to benefit from your estate?
What is the total value of your estate likely to be?
Are there likely to be any inheritance tax implications?
Are there any particular family mementos that you would like to go to particular relatives?
Do you have any children under the age of 18? Who will be their guardians?
Do you want to leave any money to charity?
Who will manage the estate after you have gone(your executor or executors)?
Would you like the beneficiaries to also be the executors or would you like to appoint an independent executor?
If you your estate is large and likely to be valued above the inheritance threashold then you may need to consider getting separate advice from a tax specialist. The tax threashold for a single person is £325,000 or £650,000 for a married couple (as at July 2012).
In addition to your will, you may wish to produce a document that lists what property you have. This would not be part of your will and should not really require any input from a Will Writer. It is a simple document that you could update from time to time and keep it with your copy of your will. After you have died it would probably be useful to your executors and help to point them in the right direction when they start to identify what assests you actually have available for your beneficiaries.
Another thing to consider is where to keep your will. A safe option would be to have multiple copies with you retaining a copy and your executors and beneficiaries having copies. On the other hand you may not want your beneficiaries to see a copy until after you have died. You will need to consider this carefully but keep in mind that it may be safer to have more than one copy.
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