Wills - Protect your Assets
Wills drafted by our will drafting experts are affordable and completed for signing within one week of instruction to ensure that your loved ones are protected in the event of your unexpected death.
Why Use Fenwick Solicitors
We are solicitors specifically trained in drafting wills with a service that guarantees that a solicitors of at least 15 years qualification will advise on and draft your will.
Our online Will form is secure and easy to use yet offers our customers the flexibility to write a basic or more comprehensive Wills if they wish as they will all untimately be drafted by a solicitors of at least 15 years seniority. That is our promise to you.
We have £2.million Professional Indemnity Insurance against every will that we write.
Our wills are drafted by a solicitor that qualified in 1998 which means we know a thing or two about offering the best online will writing service.
Friendly help and support - call us during office hours on 01752 250821
How do you start writing your will with us? Click on the button above and fill in the easy to use form. Once you submit that will form to us we will then have the basics we need to start a first draft of your will. We will then contact you to confirm instructions and provide any further details we require. In no time thereafter you will have the final draft of your will for signature.
Early legal advice saves time and expense so call our will drafting solicitor today. Statistics indicate that around 70% of Britons do not have a will. This is bad news for their families and good news for the Treasury. Last year, the Treasury made £18 million out of unclaimed estates from those dying without a will and without a family to claim it. To encourage more of us to draw up a will, we have not held, but reduced our fees for wills for the second time since we started up in business 3 years ago. Many people think that that if you do not make a will, the money will go to your spouse. In fact,that spouse only gets a proportion of your estate under intestacy rules.
Importance of Making WillsIt is important for you to make a will whether or not you consider you have many possessions or much money. It is important to make a will because:- if you die without a will, there are certain rules which dictate how the money, property or possessions should be allocated. This may not be the way that you would have wished your money and possessions to be distributed unmarried partners and partners who have not registered a civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a will, so the death of one partner may create serious financial problems for the remaining partner if you have children, you will need to make a will so that arrangements for the children can be made if either one or both parents die it may be possible to reduce the amount of tax payable on the inheritance if advice is taken in advance and a will is made if your circumstances have changed, it is important that you make a will to ensure that your money and possessions are distributed according to your wishes. For example, if you have separated and your ex-partner now lives with someone else, you may want to change your will. If you are married or enter into a registered civil partnership, this will make any previous will you have made invalid.
There is no need for a will to be drawn up or witnessed by a solicitor. If you wish to make a will yourself, you can do so. However, you should only consider doing this if the will is going to be straightforward. It is generally advisable to use a solicitor or to have a solicitor check a will you have drawn up to make sure it will have the effect you want. This is because it is easy to make mistakes and, if there are errors in the will, this can cause problems after your death. Sorting out misunderstandings and disputes after your death may result in considerable legal costs, which will reduce the amount of money in the estate. You should remember that a solicitor will charge for their services in drawing up or checking a will. They should give you the best possible information about the cost of their services. They should give you this at the beginning of their work with you.
Who are executorsExecutors are the people who will be responsible for carrying out your wishes and for sorting out the estate. They will have to collect together all the assets of the estate, deal with all the paperwork and pay all the debts, taxes, funeral and administration costs out of money in the estate. They will need to pay out the gifts and transfer any property to beneficiaries.
Contact Fenwick Wills
Call our Solicitors in to discuss drafting your will on 01752 250821. Many people prefer to get their wills written by giving their instructions to us over the telephone, this can be for many reasons, not comfortable with writing details online (even though our service is secure), they do not have an email address or their situation seems to be complicated so would like to talk it through with someone first. Whatever the reason, we are happy to take instructions over the telephone, and will be able to offer advice and help clear things in your mind that may be bothering you or that you feel you don't understand.
Validity of WillsIn order for a will to be valid, it must be:- made by a person who is 18 years old or over; and made voluntarily and without pressure from any other person; and made by a person who is of sound mind. This means the person must be fully aware of the nature of the document being written or signed and aware of the property and the identify of the people who may inherit; and in writing; and signed by the person making the will in the presence of two witnesses; and signed by the two witnesses, in the presence of the person making the will, after it has been signed. A witness or the married partner of a witness cannot benefit from a will. If a witness is a beneficiary (or the married partner or civil partner of a beneficiary), the will is still valid but the beneficiary will not be able to inherit under the will. Although it will be legally valid even if it is not dated, it is advisable to ensure that the will also includes the date on which it is signed. As soon as the will is signed and witnessed, it is complete. If someone makes a will but it is not legally valid, on their death their estate will be shared out under certain rules, not according to the wishes expressed in the will.
ExecutorsIt is not necessary to appoint more than one executor although it is advisable to do so, for example, in case one of them dies. It is common to appoint two, but up to four executors can take on responsibility for administering the will after a death. The people most commonly appointed as executors are:- relatives or friends solicitors or accountants banks in England and Wales, the Public Trustee or in some cases the Official Solicitor if there is no one else willing and able to act. It is important to choose executors with considerable care since their job involves a great deal of work and responsibility. You should always approach anyone you are thinking of appointing as an executor to see if they will agree to take on the responsibility. If someone is appointed who is not willing to be an executor, they have a right to refuse. If an executor dies, any other surviving executor(s) can deal with the estate. If there are no surviving executors, legal advice should be sought.
Where Wills are KeptOnce a will has been made, it should be kept in a safe place and other documents should not be attached to it. There are a number of places where you can keep a will:- at home with a solicitor or accountant at a bank at the Principal Registry of the Family Division of the High Court, a District Registry or Probate Sub-Registry for safe keeping. If you wish to deposit a will in this way you should visit the District Registry or Probate Sub-Registry or write to:- The Probate Department The Principal Registry of the Family Division First Avenue House 42-49 High Holborn London WC1V 6NP Tel: 020 7947 6000
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