Making a will is one of the most important things you will ever do and it is a worrying fact that nearly 3 out of 4 people die without having made one.
If you die without having made a will, the way in which your money, property, treasured items and other assets will be dealt with is done strictly in accordance with the intestacy laws which are very strict and take no account whatsoever of your wishes or particular family circumstances.
Making a will is the only way that you can ensure that your wishes are recorded and are taken into account after you are gone.
For a will to be effective it must meet very strict legal requirements, both in how it is drafted and how it is signed and witnessed. Even the smallest mistake in the writing and signing or “execution” of a will can make it invalid.
We regularly see clients who are in real difficulties because their loved one made a ‘home-made’ or off the shelf will that failed to satisfy the strict legal conditions. The costs of putting it right (if it can be put right) can be considerable – costs that can be avoided by using a qualified specialist solicitor in the first place. In some cases, despite our best efforts, we cannot help them to put it right and some of your loved ones may be completed excluded from inheriting any of your money, property or assets. This can leave them in dire financial straits at a time shortly after a bereavement when they are least likely to be able to cope with the additional stress and upset.
Our specialist team of lawyers can help prepare wills:
- for individuals or couples
- incorporating specialist trusts designed to preserve property that may otherwise have to be used to fund long term care
- drafted specifically to address the complex needs of business owners and farmers
- for relatives of people with disabilities, or who are in vulnerable situations – such as bankruptcy or divorce
We are also able to prepare ‘living wills’ to prepare for the possibility that you may become unable to express your wishes for medical treatment.
We also have the expertise to deal with the increasingly common but complex area of contested wills in circumstances where it is alleged that the person that made the will lacked the mental capacity to do so or who was subjected to undue influence from another party.
Why go to Birchall Blackburn Law?
We deliver a friendly, value for money service. Our lawyers are highly qualified and their specialist knowledge means they can guide you through every step of the sometimes daunting process of making a will.
An initial no obligation consultation enables us to assess your situation and tailor our advice to your circumstances.
How much does it cost?
Wills for individuals start from £125 plus VAT.
The cost of wills incorporating tax planning and trusts is more expensive due to the complex nature of the drafting and expertise involved. All clients have an initial no obligation meeting to discuss their needs. Once we have a thorough understanding of the work to be undertaken, we will provide a fixed fee estimate and give you information about the funding options available to you. We are happy to discuss flexible payment arrangements.
We also offer a free will storage and review service to all clients.
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