Creating peace of mind
It’s important that everyone makes a Will. It gives you an opportunity to decide what will happen to your money, property and assets after you die. If you die without a Will then you die intestate and the law dictates how your estate will be distributed and this could result in unmarried partners, friends and charities not included as beneficiaries.
At Harold G Walker our Solicitors will guide you through the process of making a Will, ensuring you get the right lifetime plan in place. Our aim is to provide our clients with complete peace of mind that their affairs are in order, so we’ll take the time to understand your individual requirements and advise you about the most appropriate Will for you.
For further information please contact a member of our Wills & Probate team.
Free Home Visits
Our Solicitors offer free home visits to local clients wishing to make a Will, so you can make the important decisions about your lifetime plan in the comfort of your own home. Contact our Wills & Probate team to arrange an appointment.
10 reasons why you need a Will
- To appoint guardians for children under the age of 18
- To ensure that the people you want to benefit do so
- To save tax
- To make provisions for your business
- To protect assets against depletion by care home fees or spendthrift beneficiaries
- To choose who will sort out the paperwork and financial affairs
- To declare your funeral wishes
- To give gifts of money or items to friends, relatives or charities
- To use trusts to give flexibility over distribution of assets
- To avoid claims against your estate
Everybody needs a Will or needs to review an existing one regularly. We recommend a review every 3-5 years or after a significant change in your circumstances.
Our specialist Wills & Probate team can help you get the right lifetime plan in place.
The Will writing process
You attend an interview with one of our specialist Will writing lawyers.
Your draft Will is created to suit your personal requirements. This is usually within 10 working days of the interview. This will be sent to you for your consideration.
You contact us by telephone or email to point out any changes or to confirm that you are satisfied with the document.
A final version known as an engrossment is prepared for your signature. Preferably you will attend our office to sign in the presence of two of our staff. If this is difficult then the engrossment will be sent to you with instructions for signing.
We retain the original for you in our strongroom. We provide you with a photocopy.
Frequently asked questions
Why do I need a Will?
To make sure that all your assets pass to the people you want to benefit.
What happens if I do not have a Will?
Many people believe that if they die without a Will their spouse or partner will inherit all their assets. This may not be the case. Rules known as the Intestacy Rules dictate who will benefit if you do not have a Will. It can take more time and it is likely to cost more to sort out an Estate where there is no Will.
What is a Will?
A Will is a document recording your wishes which comes into effect on your death. It must be signed and witnessed properly to be valid. A Will is the only legally binding document for making your wishes known when you die.
Can I make a homemade Will?
We do not recommend homemade Wills. The law around the language used in Wills developed over hundreds of years. Courts have decided how certain words should be interpreted. The language used in homemade Wills may be difficult to interpret e.g. does “I leave all my money to my wife” include land and chattels? Often a homemade Will is not valid because of the uncertainty of the meaning or because the correct procedure for signing a Will has not been followed.
Can my spouse/partner and I make a joint Will?
No, you must each make separate Wills. However, the documents can mirror each other, i.e. the terms will be almost the same.
What happens to my Will on marriage?
Any existing Will is revoked and if you die before making a new Will the Intestacy Rules apply.
Can I make a Will in anticipation of my marriage?
Yes, special wording can be included if there is an intention to marry so that your Will is not revoked.
Will my Will be revoked on divorce?
No but your ex-spouse will be treated as though they have died before you so they will not benefit. However, this does not happen until the decree absolute is granted so you should consider making a new Will on separation if you do not wish your spouse to benefit either under your existing Will or under the rules of intestacy.
Will my Will cover property abroad?
Your UK Will may not cover land and buildings situated in other countries including Scotland and Ireland so you should take advice in the country where the property is situated.
Can I change my Will?
Yes, provided you still have the mental capacity to do so you can change your Will. This can be done by making a new Will or if the changes are minor by making a document known as a codicil. Do not record changes on the original Will document as these will not be valid.
How much does it cost to make a Will with Harold G Walker?
Our fees for basic single Wills start from £150 plus VAT or for a pair of basic mirror Wills £200 plus VAT.
“The Coroner’s office recommended Harold G Walker as being a good firm and the team have been excellent throughout. Over and above the administration of the estate, providing assistance in many practical ways. The level of communication has been first class and work of the highest quality”
“Making new wills was long overdue and Nicola and the other staff members made it all very easy – and even enjoyable! Thank you”