The prospect of writing a will may seem intimidating but it’s a vital legal document that ensures your wishes are carried out after you die. Our will writing solicitors based at our offices in Wakefield, Dewsbury, Horsforth, Selby & Penistone can help you with all aspects of the legal process to write, manage and put your will into practice.
Why do I need a will?
A will gives you and your loved ones assurance of what will happen to your property, assets and even children when you die.
If you die without a will, otherwise known as dying ‘intestate’, your estate will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy. These rules are inflexible and could mean that your family may miss out on your estate. Dying intestate typically costs heirs around £9,700 in lost assets and inheritance.
As long as you are over 18 and are of sound mind, you can make a will.
What should I include in a will?
Our will writing services can help you with the following but wills are flexible and what you choose to include is entirely up to you.
• Property – including your house and personal belongings
• Assets – such as savings, stocks and cash
• Children – You can use your will to appoint a guardian for children under 18
• Executors – You should also include who is responsible for carrying out your will, this can be a lawyer, a member of your family or a close friend.
How to make a will?
First, you’ll have an initial meeting with a member of our will writing team. Our will writing solicitors are based in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Horsforth. During this meeting we’ll identify areas to include in your will as well as other opportunities you may wish to address.
As making a will is a very personal experience, what happens after this meeting depends on what you wish to include. The more complex your wishes, the longer it will take us to write your will. However we will keep you updated every step of the way to ensure you’re happy.
What if my circumstances change?
That’s not a problem. All you need to do is let us know as soon as possible if your circumstances change and we can accommodate this within your will.
Our will writing solicitors advise that you review your will at least every two years to make sure that it is still in line with your wishes. This also gives you the opportunity to account for any extra property or assets you may have acquired since making your will.
It also means that you don’t have to panic and think of every possible scenario when you first make your will.
Can I make a will myself?
It is possible to make your will yourself but we strongly advise against this.
Will writing solicitors have to hold a formal qualification, undertake ongoing training, be a member of a regulatory body and have insurance. This way you can rest assured that your will is of a high quality and won’t cause you any problems in the future.
Creating your will yourself, or using an unregulated will writer, could result in unforeseen problems with carrying out your wishes and could even render it void.
Can you help set up a trust?
If you would like to leave money or assets but with a few controls, we can help you set up a trust fund. Trust funds help to safeguard inheritances and can be used for a variety of purposes, not just leaving money to a minor.
You can find out more about our trust fund services here.
Book a Consultation for making a will with our solicitors
You can contact us about our will writing services on 0330 300 1103 or request a call-back and we’ll be in touch to discuss your will. Our offices are based across Yorkshire in Wakefield, Dewsbury, Horsforth, Selby and Penistone.