Our expert solicitors make the process of making a Will as simple as possible. Firstly, it is necessary to meet with you personally to give you advice and take your instructions. This meeting typically takes 45 minutes and can be arranged in any one of our five offices across Essex and London.
Prior to your initial meeting with one of our specialist private client solicitors, you will be sent a Will questionnaire for completion beforehand and asked to bring this to the meeting. This is designed to fully prepare you for the meeting which in turn will enable your solicitor to prepare a draft Will immediately after your consultation.
Following your consultation, you will be sent a draft Will. If you wish to alter the terms of the draft Will, we can take your further instructions over the telephone or by e-mail and send you an amended draft Will for further consideration.
Once you have approved the draft Will, your solicitor will meet with you again to get the Will signed. This meeting typically takes ten minutes. Finally, once your Will has been completed, we are able to store it in our secure storage facility. We will send you a photocopy in the post and scanned copies by e-mail if required. We do not charge a storage fee and you are able to access your Will at any time.
Our specialist Will solicitors are available to see clients at short notice, and also offer home visits to clients who are unable to personally attend our offices due to ill health.
We work on a fixed fee basis so you are aware from the outset exactly how much the fee will be for the preparation of your Will. The cost of your Will depends on the complexity of your requirements. Our lawyers will provide you with a fixed fee quote at your initial meeting and, if you decide not to proceed, no fee will be payable.
A Will is legal document that sets out your wishes as to what should happen with your assets and who should benefit from your estate following your death.
It is always better to have a Will in place. It does not matter how much your estate is worth. By having a Will, you can ensure that your wishes are reflected when your estate is dealt with.
If you have a Will you can specify who you want to be legally responsible to deal with your estate, so that you can be sure that your estate passes to who you would like it to. In your Will you can also include your funeral wishes, make gifts of personal possessions, make cash lump sum gifts, and ultimately determine how the remainder of your estate should be divided.
If you have young children, then you can set out who you would want to look after your children whilst they are under 18. If you have a family business, you are concerned about how your estate will impact the cost of care for your surviving spouse, or if you’re concerned about your beneficiaries receiving a large inheritance, then you can include terms that cater for each of these scenarios.
If there are people that you do not want to inherit from your estate, or if you want to leave some or all of your estate to charity, then your Will deal with these wishes also.
If you die without leaving a valid Will then you are treated as having died ‘intestate’ and the ‘intestacy rules’ take place.
The intestacy rules are complicated and can result in your estate passing to people that you would not have wished to benefit. For example, your estate may pass to distant relatives who you have never met. Or you may have relatives who you have become estranged from who may also become substantial beneficiaries to your estate. The process of finding these family members can also be costly and take a long time.
Even if you have made a Will, if it has not been drafted correctly or did not account for particular events then your estate can result in a partial intestacy. In these cases, then not only can the above scenarios come into play, but it may also make your estate more complicated and difficult to deal with for your other beneficiaries.
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