We have close experience of the problems that can occur when clients die without leaving Wills, or when ‘home made’ Wills have been prepared.
We recognise that there are many do it yourself Wills or internet services offering to make your Will at low cost and we do not try to compete with such services but do beware because it is easier than you might think to write a will that is made invalid for reasons of uncertainty and ambiguity either in the text of the will or in the way it is signed.
For that reason generally we would recommend a meeting and we are happy to make a home visit for no additional charge if you live in or near the South West London area and it is difficult for you to make it into our office here in Wimbledon Park.
With the benefit of a discussion with a solicitor you can take advice on the best arrangement to make to protect the interests of those closest to you. Before giving the advice a profile is taken of your family and financial position. We wish to ensure that your Will is tailor made to your circumstances. In many cases we put forward ideas which are reflected in the Will that we prepare for you, in doing so we draw on considerable experience in dealing with administration of estates.
We will advise as well on the probable inheritance tax (IHT) consequences and look at ways of reducing IHT. We will draw on our experience of administering estates not only in drafting your Will but also in putting forward ideas for your approval.
If you do not leave a Will then the rules of intestacy dictate the way your estate is divided. This may have unintended and unwelcome consequences. For example your long term partner may not inherit anything from the estate while a distant relative who you may hardly know does.
Remember that a Will should be made by a solicitor, a qualified legal executive, or member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers. Many will writing services are supplied by non qualified individuals who attend a two or three day training course.
- Single Will – £300 plus VAT
- Two Wills for partners largely in the same terms – £500 plus VAT
- The fee includes free storage of the original Will and provision of up to five certified copies. Also we would make no additional charge if any minor changes are needed to the Will within 6 months
- You will be charged these fees in the vast majority of cases unless your Will is very complex or lengthy in which case we will tell you what extra fee may be involved before commencing.