Wills & Inheritance
Many people never get round to making a will and some people find the whole process rather daunting.
Not having a valid will in place can cause problems and financial worry for your loved ones.
If you pass away without having a will, then the law will dictate how your assets and estate is distributed and it is entirely possible that this is not in line with your wishes.
Whether you are single, cohabiting, married or divorced, you will need a will to ensure that your assets will be distributed in accordance with your wishes.
Entering into a marriage or civil partnership automatically cancels a will you have in place prior to the union (unless it clearly stated in the will that it is made in anticipation of marriage or civil partnership). Also, if you have a valid will and you have subsequently divorced or dissolved a civil partnership, the will automatically reads as if your ex-spouse or ex-civil partner has passed away, but the rest of your will would still be valid. This could potentially mean that the will no longer reflects your wishes or even that some or all of it is no longer effective.
It is extremely important that you take the time to have a will prepared, as a will ensures that your wishes are carried out and provides peace of mind.
A will should be reviewed on a regular basis, especially if life circumstances have changed, for example, in the event of the birth of a child, new relationship, death of a relative or loved one or if you were to acquire assets during your life time.
What We Can Do
We can provide legal advice and prepare a single simple will on your behalf to ensure that your wishes are met when you pass away. We can also prepare mirror wills for couples, whether you are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting together.
If it is more convenient for us to visit you at home, then this is a service we may be able to offer you. We also offer remote assistance by Skype and telephone if necessary.
Alongside our will service, we advise and assist in relation to Power of Attorney work to ensure you are protected in the event of an accident or illness that prevents you from making decisions.
Our Past Cases
Below are some will cases we have conducted in the past:
Prepared mirror wills for clients to include a provision to appoint a Guardian for their young children in case they pass away while their children are minors.
Drafted a will for a client to ensure their estate will be dealt with in accordance with their wishes on their death.
Severed joint tenancy for a client and subsequently prepared a will on their behalf to ensure their ex-spouse would not inherit their share in the property.