Law Spot

New Year – New Will!

One of my New Year resolutions is to get my financial affairs in order and a friend has suggested making a Will would help me to do this. What do you recommend?

The New Year is a good time to think about making sure that you have all your finances in place so that your family has a secure future. A Will is probably one of the most important documents that you can make to protect your family and ensure that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes.

If you don’t make a Will the law decides how your estate is distributed and this may not be how you would wish.  For example, if you are married, there is a misconception that your spouse will automatically receive your entire estate but this is not always the case and is dependent upon various factors.  By making a Will you can ensure that your estate passes to your spouse for their security.  If you have children, you can choose the Guardians that you would trust to look after your minor children whereas without a Will in place the Court will step in and decide who would be best to look after your children.

Straightforward Process

Harold G Walker Solicitors has a team of friendly staff like to make the process of making a Will as straightforward as possible for you, starting off with an interview in the office (or in the comfort of your own home if preferred). At this meeting, you will be made aware of the different options available to you and what can be included in your Will, such as guardians for your children, specific gifts and funeral wishes. As part of the Will making process, advice on Inheritance Tax can also be provided if necessary. Your instructions are then taken and if you are happy to proceed, answering any further questions you may have.

These Wills and Probate specialists can guide and assist you with a professional approach who can offer you peace of mind, combined with friendly and efficient service.

For further information on the Will making process and securing your family’s future, please contact the Wills & Probate team.

Gaynor Cooke

Gaynor Cooke

Partner and Head of Wills & Probate