When it comes to planning for the future and making your will, it’s important to consider your loved ones.
However, according to research, a staggering 66% of the population in the UK do not have a valid will in place. With a will, you can ensure that your family and friends are taken care of. Without one, they may not be able to honour your wishes.
Wills deal with more than just assets; they cover important details such as who will care for your children and who will be the executor of your estate. By planning ahead, you can give yourself time to consider the implications of inheritance tax and how it can be minimised.
Our solicitors, who specialise in wills, understand all the concerns and challenges involved in managing wills. No matter how simple or complex, we can provide you with a complete drafting service for wills, trusts and supporting documentation. Drawing on our experience of preparing hundreds of wills each year, we offer clear and uncomplicated advice to help you provide for the welfare of your family.
What is a will?
A will is a legal declaration of what you want to happen to your property and possessions on your death. It must be in writing and you must have signed it correctly in the presence of witnesses for it to take effect.
What are the benefits and why should I make a will?
- You can avoid the intestacy rules
- You can make sensible decisions for your dependants
- You can be specific
- You can address tax planning issues
Do I need to instruct a solicitor to make a will?
Whilst you don’t need a solicitor to make a will, there are legal formalities which need to be followed to make sure that your will is valid. Without the help of an expert, there is a real risk that you could make a mistake. This may invalidate your will, or create problems for your family and friends after your death. We recommend that any legal professional you instruct is regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. You should be careful if using an unregulated provider, as you may have little to no protection against negligence or fraud.
With top tier rankings for private client legal advice from both Chambers and the Legal 500, we have a national reputation for excellence. With a dedicated team across three offices in Stratford upon Avon, Henley in Arden, and Cheltenham, our services include all aspects of wills, trusts, estates and tax planning and care and capacity matters.
To find out more about Lodders’ Wills services, please fill in the enquiry form below or contact a member of our team on 01789 293259 (Stratford upon Avon) or 01242 228370 (Cheltenham).
Our services include...
- Preparing new wills and codicils
- Advising on inheritance tax
- Advising on succession planning