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Professional Will Writing

Nobody likes to think about their own demise and for this reason many people do not make arrangements for how their property and possessions are to be dealt with when they die. Many people intend to make a will, but simply do not get round to doing it. Others have a will but do not review it when their circumstances change, for example, on separation or divorce. All of these scenarios can produce an outcome which that person did not intend.

The answer is to make a will. Making a will is a simple and quick process which allows you to set out clearly how you want your estate to be divided, who you want to deal with it and any other wishes you want to survive beyond your lifetime. Amongst other things, a will allows you to:

  • Leave individual items, e.g. jewellery or items of sentimental value, to a specific person
  • Appoint guardians to care for your children
  • Provide for an unmarried partner (not automatically recognised by the law in the same way as a spouse or civil partner)
  • Deal with your assets in a tax efficient way
  • Make a gift to charity
  • Avoid claims being made against your estate by those dependent on you financially, e.g. an ex-spouse

Although it is possible to make a will without the help of a solicitor, it is generally not advisable as there are various legal formalities you need to follow to make sure your will is valid. Without the help of an expert with up to date legal training and experience, there is a real risk you could make a mistake, causing problems for your family and friends after your death. Solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and are required to keep up to date with any changes in the law and to carry indemnity insurance to protect their clients’ interests.