You can make a valid Will without the use of a Solicitor, and many people like to do so to avoid the cost of legal advice. However, the cost of making a Will with a Solicitor may be less than you might expect, and this advice could save your family and loved ones much more money in the long run.
There are many ways in which our advice can be of value. We will ensure that the wording of your Will exactly reflects your wishes. We can highlight and advise you on other issues which you might not have considered, such as inheritance tax planning, or ways to protect your wealth for your next generation and beyond. We will also ensure that your Will is correctly executed (being formally signed by you in the presence of 2 independent witnesses).
A recent case (Payne v Payne, 2018 EWCA Civ 985) has highlighted the problems caused by homemade Wills which were not properly executed. Mr Payne left most of his estate to his son from his first marriage by his 2012 homemade Will. His previous 1998 homemade Will left his entire estate to his second wife. The Central London County Court found that both Wills were invalid due to problems with their execution. At appeal, the 2012 Will remained invalid, but the 1998 Will was declared valid, on the basis that the witnesses had provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the Will was correctly executed.
The result is that the estate passed to his second wife, and not his son from his first marriage as may have been his intention. Furthermore, the cost of taking this recent case all the way to appeal could have been avoided if the 2012 Will was correctly executed.
At Jordans Solicitors, our cost for a simple Will is £125 plus VAT (or £200 plus VAT for a pair of simple “mirror” Wills for a couple).
We are pleased to assist you, both in relation to planning your Will, or dealing with probate issues after death. We are on hand to help with any queries you may have in regards to Wills and Probate issues. Our wills and probate solicitors are based in Wakefield, Dewsbury, and Horsforth. Feel free to call us on 0330 300 1103 or request a call back by clicking here.