Many people think that making a Last Will and Testament is something you only need to think about in the later stages of life. Others may not ever consider writing a will at all.
Anyone above the age of 18, of sound mind, is able to write a will which legally protects your wishes, legacy, and loved ones in the event of your passing.
As such, it is important to consider writing or reviewing your will when significant life events such as marriages and births take place.
In order to make a valid will, you must:
– Be 18 or over
– Be entering into it voluntarily without pressure
– Be of sound mind
– Put your will in writing
– Sign your will with two witnesses who are not beneficiaries
– Ensure your two witnesses also sign it in your presence.
Every will is different and its contents will depend on the size of your estate and what you would like to happen to your assets. Most wills include details of assets including property/properties, vehicles, jewellery, or artwork, as well as arrangements for any dependent children (and not forgetting digital assets).
To help you plan what to put in your will, we’ve got a handy downloadable will planner.
There are some complex laws around wills, trusts, and inheritance tax which need to be taken into account when you are drafting your will to ensure your assets and loved ones are protected. A private client solicitor will have the knowledge and experience to advise on any potential matters which need addressing within your will.
The costs involved in drafting a will very much depend on the complexity of your estate and wishes. Our team are happy to provide a quote for drafting all kinds of wills from simple or mirror wills to more complex wills, so you are informed of the costs involved from the outset.
If you already have a will drafted but some time has passed since it was written, there may have been some significant changes to your circumstances which should be accounted for:
– Marriage / Civil Partnerships – Previous wills become invalid after marriage
– Divorce / Separation
– Births / Adoptions
– Significant Purchases
– Deaths of Beneficiaries
Contact our experienced private client solicitors to discuss any changes you wish to make to your will whether it was Farleys who originally drafted it or another firm.
Find out more about wills in our frequently asked questions.
Contact a Wills Solicitor
Farleys has a team of expert will writers who can draft your will and ensure your requirements are met and your loved ones are provided for in the event of your death. Contact the team today on 0333 331 5776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch with you.
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