Many of our clients know how important it is to create a will, but simply haven’t got round to arranging one. If the same applies to you, we can help you take the first steps towards arranging one and will make the whole process simple for you. It’s important to know that if the worst should happen, it will be easier for your loved ones to carry out your wishes after your death.
Our specialist team advises clients in different languages on a wide range of legal matters. Call them on 0208 1111 911 or contact them through the website to discuss your circumstances with them.
What do I need to consider when it comes to writing a will?
We’ll discuss your situation with you fully and help you determine how you’d like your estate to be distributed if the unexpected should happen. We’ll take you through a full fact-find process so that all of your assets are accounted for, which would reduce the complication for your executors.
Writing a will is not only about your financial assets but can reflect all aspects of your life. You can include such things as your wishes for who should look after your children, your funeral arrangements, logins for accounts and digital assets (such as your Social Media accounts) and even your wishes for what should happen to your pets.
We aim to make the process as simple as possible, whilst also ensuring that the will fully addresses all of your wishes.
What other legal services might I need?
When taking out a will, a growing number of people also take out a Lasting Power of Attorney (or LPA). This is probably influenced by increased awareness of conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. With an LPA in place, a nominated person (such as a close relative) can make decisions on your behalf in future, if you lack the mental capacity to do so for yourself. An LPA can be arranged to cover financial decisions, health and care decisions, or both.
If you’re leaving large sums of money to your beneficiaries, or want to leave money directly to children under 18, you can also establish a trust. This can be a tax-efficient way of passing money on, or it can allow you to stage the amounts that some beneficiaries inherit from you over a number of years.
If your estate contains any property, our Residential Conveyancing team can provide the legal support you need to either transfer the ownership of the property, or to sell it.
How do I get advice on writing a will?
Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you and arrange a time to talk in more detail about your wishes, your beneficiaries and your assets. Then we’ll recommend the advice and support we think you need and we’ll advise you of our fees before you decide whether or not to instruct us. The initial call is free.