Many people are put off making wills because we have to consider our own mortality when writing them. But a comprehensive will should be seen as a gift to your loved ones. At a time when they are grieving your passing, the last thing they will want to do is contest your will or make decisions without knowing what your true wishes were. We can help you make things easier for them by putting your wishes in writing.
Making a will doesn’t only benefit your loved ones. It also gives you peace of mind and allows you to feel confident that your affairs will be handled in the way you want them to be when you are gone.
A detailed will ensures that the following things happen when you pass away:
Your property and other assets go to the people you want them to.
Your family knows exactly what should be done with your valued possessions.
Only your chosen person (Executor) deals with your solicitor and all of the necessary paperwork.
Gifts (property, money or jewellery) are left to the people or organisations that you choose.
Your loved ones pay the correct amount of Inheritance Tax.
Only your chosen individuals are named as your children’s Guardians (if your children are under 18 years of age).
Your funeral plans and choices regarding what happens to your body are followed exactly as you wanted them to be.
It is never too early to make a will. Most people decide to write a will as soon as they become parents, but there is nothing wrong with making a will much earlier than that. If you are old enough to have grandchildren, but have never written a will, you should contact your chosen solicitor to make one as soon as possible.
If you have genuine concerns about the circumstances in which your loved one’s will was drafted and completed, or wish to dispute the information within the will itself, you can contest it.
The following are all valid reasons for contesting a will, if you believe them to be true:
The will was not signed or executed properly.
Your loved one lacked the capacity to make a will at the time it was drafted.
Your loved one was pressurised into making the will or into making certain requests within it.
The will itself, or certain details within it, were made without the consent of your loved one.
The will was faked and your loved one’s signature was forged.
As a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), advising family members about wills, trusts and estate planning has always been one of our core services. We understand the emotional and practical considerations you will be making when writing your will, and our team are always on hand to answer questions or provide support throughout the process.
We also offer free will and deed storage facilities, unlike most high street mortgage lenders who charge for this service.
Our range of brochures provide more information about the service you are interested in.
If you would like to talk to us about the service you require, please contact our Thorpe Bay office on the number below.Call us: 01702 582030
Solicitors for the Elderly is an independent organisation of legal professionals who specialise in providing legal advice to elderly and vulnerable clients.
The Notaries Society represents the 900 or so Notaries Public currently practising in England and Wales.