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Ensuring you have a legal, well drafted will is absolutely essential. Cheap online will writing services as well as DIY wills can be dangerous. In many cases, if wills haven’t been produced correctly, it can jeopardise what happens after death.
Whilst there is no legal requirement for a will to be drawn up by a solicitor, it is highly recommended that wills go through a process of review and or professional drafting.
Not only does this provide peace of mind, it can ensure your loved ones/beneficiaries are supported in the future.
All of our wills are independently checked by the New Leaf Will Writers Federation.
If you are looking for a reputable will writing service look no further! A properly drafted will can protect you and your loved ones should the unfortunate happen. We may also be able to advise on inheritance tax & estate planning to help further protect your assets.
Will Writing Services
From a brief initial discussion to full will writing, planning and guidance, we provide a comprehensive, personalised will writing service.
You will not be bombarded with jargon, instead provided with clear and concise guidance to ensure you understand the process in full.
We can provide guidance and recommendations on all aspects of funeral planning – from insurance, funeral cover, arrangements, burial arrangements and more. Funeral planning can also ensure the cost is dealt with beforehand.
Lasting Power of Attorney
A lasting power of attorney ( LPA ) is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf. We can provide full legal advice on LPAs.
Online Will Writing Services
Making a will with us needn’t be a complicated process. You will get peace of mind as we’re authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under Leslie Franks Solicitors.
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Do you really need a will?
A surprisingly common question – a will is NOT a legal requirement but, without one things can become more complex after death.
How does will writing work?
Will writing is a bespoke process but also a flexible one at that we can provide on site or remotely.
Can't I Just Get a Will Online?
There are lots of online DIY will services however, with so much at stake this approach should be taken with caution as things can and do go wrong.
Are we Solicitors?
Yes we are, which means this is one of our remits. We can ensure that wills are drafted accurately to minimise the risk of complications at a later stage or during the writing service itself.
What are the risks of DIY Wills?
Online platform and quick DIY will services are generally unregulated and many uninsured, meaning there is no recourse for you if anything goes wrong.
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A Personalised Experience With Our Will Writing Service
Our London will writing service can be provided virtually via a variety of secure platform’s to ensure compliance with government guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our service is personalised and tailored to your needs for convenience as well as peace of mind.
Our consultation process will involve an initial telephone call to discuss your current personal circumstances before gaining a better understanding of your assets, finances, property and possessions.
Our legal team can help you plan the way forward from providing general advice to initiating the will writing and planning itself.
We’re here for you. We’re a regulated solicitors who can create wills that are independently verified by the New Leaf Will Writers Federation to ensure that you’re protected.
We’re here to support your needs during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Contact us to learn more – we’re one of the few fully regulated will writers across England and Wales.
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Why is it important to have a will?
Your will explains in detail what should happen to your estate after you die. That includes any money, possessions and property. Having a will in place simplifies things for your family and friends as they work to sort everything out. Not having a will makes that process more stressful and time-consuming.
When your children or other family members rely on you financially, having a will is especially important. You’ll need one if you want to name a beneficiary outside your immediate family.
A properly constructed will (from a regulated will writing service) can also minimise the amount of inheritance tax payable on the value of any property or financial assets you leave behind.
Making Your Own Will / Writing Your Own Will
If you would like to discuss writing your own will we can offer a remote will writing consultation. We do not offer an online will writing platform from a DIY perspective as wills are generally very personal and require a proper assessment to make sure they are bonafide, valid and are unlikely to be subject to disputes in the future.
Contact us if you would like to learn more – we offer remote consultations to residents across London including Brent, Lambeth, Islington, Kensington, Westminster, Fitzrovia, Barnet, Haringey, Hammersmith, Fulham, White City, Pimlico, Docklands and all other areas of Central and Greater London. We also support will writing for residents across england wales and northern ireland.
What happens if you die without a will?
Without a will, it’s much less likely that any of the considerations you’d make for friends and loved ones will happen. Your assets and possessions will be broken up and distributed according to the rules of intestacy, meaning the law decides how your estate will be handed on.
Dying without a will removes any real control you’d otherwise have over who will receive your estate. Everything you own will be split and distributed in a standard way defined by the law, which may not be exactly as you intended.
Contact us today if you would like any more information – get in touch with our friendly team today.
Do we offer home visit appointments?
We can support your will writing needs either in person with a home visit appointment across central London and greater London as well as further afield around the home counties. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing rules we have started to provide video appointments and online will writing consultations over platforms such as Skype, ZOOM and Microsoft Teams / Google Hangouts.
Whether you need a mirror will, will writing services in London, guidance on funeral planning or LPA’s we can help.
and l and loved onesEnsure your family home stays in the family.
If your home is held in your name, without a will, your step-children and unmarried partner won’t automatically inherit it. That puts them at risk of losing their home. Keeping your family home can be key when it comes to preserving special memories – many people find comfort in staying put during difficult / challenging times.
Stop family disputes before they start.
Without a will, or with a poorly constructed one that doesn’t make your wishes clear, the way your estate is divided up after death can lead to arguments and competing claims amongst friends, family and loved ones. This can damage family relationships and be expensive if decisions about your estate are legally contested. Prevention is the best tactic thus ensuring that things can run smoothly during a sensitive time.
Ensuring your children are provided for.
A will can set out financial plans to provide for your children’s future. This can include giving annual amounts for clothing or hobbies, establishing a deposit for their first home, or putting aside money for their education. Ensuring that your children and loved ones are provided for provides you with peace of mind.
Ensuring your dependants, including step-children are provided for.
Even though step-children may be a core part of your life, in the absence of a will, UK (england and wales) law states that only blood relatives and spouses can inherit your estate automatically. If you want to provide for step-children, you need to have a will in place that includes them.
Naming your children’s guardian.
Writing a will is about more than dividing up property and possessions. It can also provide you with a say over who should take care of your dependants after you’re gone. If your children and/or loved ones are under 18, you can appoint their legal guardians. Not doing so could put the decision in the hands of the family courts.
Protect your unmarried partner.
While unmarried couples are often referred to colloquially as ‘common law,’ they aren’t formally recognised under UK law. That means an unmarried partner won’t be automatically entitled to anything from your estate. No matter how long you’ve been together, you need to have a will and make them a beneficiary.
Minimise inheritance tax.
The amount of inheritance tax payable on your estate is calculated based on its overall value and also on who you leave it to. Anything left to a spouse is not subject to this form of tax. Property left to your children or grandchildren will typically be assessed at a lower rate than property left to non-family members.
Appoint someone you know and trust to settle your affairs.
A will can name an executor who will be in charge of seeing that the provisions you’ve made are adhered to. Selecting an executor before you pass away gives you the power to choose someone you trust and know you can rely on.
Ensure any pets are cared for.
Your cats, dogs or other pets may also need looking after when you pass away. A will allows you to name someone to care for them and leave money for food and veterinary bills.
Protect your digital assets.
Digital purchases such as music and films, personal items such as photographs and videos all comprise the possessions that need to be considered in your will. Without a will, a library of treasured memories built up over decades can disappear into the void. This includes things such as social media accounts, personal websites and emails which all form part of your electronic legacy. Your will can dictate if digital assets are destroyed, shared, or protected. It can also determine who should have access to them after your death including family and loved ones.
What happens if one of your beneficiaries dies before you?
The death of a beneficiary can be one of the most difficult issues to resolve if a will isn’t updated regularly. If a beneficiary passes away before the testator does (that’s you – the person who left the will), the question of what happens to the beneficiary’s inheritance has to be resolved simply and clearly.
Generally speaking, if one of your beneficiaries dies before you do, whatever possessions or money you left them will lapse. That means everything they were due to receive returns to your estate to be redistributed. It’s possible to structure your will so that anything left to a beneficiary is redirected in those circumstances, naming alternative beneficiaries who will receive the inheritance instead.
Your assets. You will need to make a detailed list of all your assets along with their values. You need to have clarity about your savings, investments and any property owned (or part-owned) by you. That will help you decide what to leave to whom, and assist in any financial or tax planning that accompanies the will-making process.
Your beneficiaries. You need to decide who will benefit from your estate and to what extent. This may seem simple, spouse or partner followed by children, but even here, there are complicated legal issues that need to be clarified in the will. For example, can your spouse remarry and disinherit your children? Or, what if your spouse and children were to die together in an accident, who would inherit your estate in that case?
How to divide your property and possessions. You will want to establish a fair distribution of your assets. However this doesn’t have to mean everyone in your circle of family and friends gets an equal share. Consider whether, for example, one child may deserve a larger share due to disability or other personal circumstances. It may also be the case that one child or family friend has been particularly supportive.
Executors and trustees. As discussed above, it’s important to name the person or persons who will ensure that the terms of your will are adhered to. The vagaries of family relationships can make naming an impartial or professional executor the logical choice.
Executors can also act as trustees in the case of children who are minors. Trustees will manage the estate until your children reach the age at which they will inherit.
Guardians. You will need to name guardians in your will who will look after any minor children’s welfare until they reach the age of 18. Guardians and trustees don’t need to be the same people, but they should able to work together. At minimum guardians should have their out-of-pocket costs for taking care of your children covered.
Anticipating claims against your estate. Consider if any organisation or person might make a claim against your estate when you die. The Inheritance Act 1975 has provisions that could enable claims from former spouses and civil partners who have not remarried, anyone treated as a child of the family, or others who have been dependent on you.
Property owned abroad. If you own property outside the UK, you may need to consider the issue of ‘forced heirship’ rules, which could stop you from leaving it to your chosen beneficiaries. If the property is in a non-EU country, you may also need to make a foreign country will.
Your business. If you’ll be leaving behind a viable family business and want it to continue, potentially tricky decisions will need to be made. If some family members are involved in the business and others are not, this gets even harder. Ideally, you will have a family discussion about succession plans before you write the will. This will help avoid misunderstandings if some family members don’t get an equal share.
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