Wills

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It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of adults have not made a Will. Some see it as morbid, unnecessary, complicated, time consuming, expensive or something to do in the future, but we know that by creating a Will, you will feel comfort knowing that you have made proper provisions for all those you feel should benefit and have chosen the right to carry out your wishes.

It sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. We are here to help offer advice and support in all aspects of making a Will and have even created an easy-to-follow checklist on what to include.

If you die without a Will, your estate will be 'intestate' which means your assets will be distributed in line with the law of the land. This may not be in accordance with your own wishes, but without a Will there will be no other option. Dying intestate can be a complex administrative process and as a result costs can mount up, ending up being far more expensive than making a Will in the first place. 

Not making a Will can be a costly mistake but dying with a Will that is out of date can also cause significant problems. Many people make their Will when they buy their first property or have their first child, so it is only natural that situations will change considerably over the years. There are two ways you can update your Will:

  • You can start again from scratch if there are substantial changes you would like to make.
  • Add a Codicil. This is a way of adding new clauses to an existing Will and is best suited for making small amendments.

We are here to advise on the best method for your personal circumstance and will ensure that you have considered all the implications of any amendments or additions. 

If you require any guidance or support when it comes to writing your Will, please call us to make an appointment on 01454 619900.