My spouse or partner will inherit everything anyway, won’t they?
The Laws of Intestacy are complicated. If you die without making a Will you could leave a huge burden of legal, financial and tax problems for your family.
Without a valid Will even your husband or wife may not actually inherit all your assets. Unmarried couples may assume that, because they’ve been in a committed relationship for a long time, the court will give preference to their partner. They overlook the fact that unmarried partners and partners in an unregistered civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a Will, so the death of one partner may create serious financial problems for the remaining partner.
Furthermore, parents often think because they have discussed the care of their children with friends or family that the guardianship of their children is in place should both of them die. This is not the case unfortunately and guardians may have to be appointed by the court. The people selected to care for your children may then not be the ones you would have chosen yourselves.
Unless your wishes are in writing in a Will they have no legal effect.
My friends and family already know what I want to happen so I don’t need to make a will do I?
Unfortunately, although you may have given very clear instructions to family, friends and loved ones, unless you have a valid Will in place that documents these instructions then you are said to have died intestate. This is a technical term that means you have died without a Will and therefore your estate will be distributed according to a strict process called the Rules of Intestacy.
Estates distributed according to the Rules of Intestacy can often lead to people sharing in your assets who you wouldn’t want to inherit and worse still, people you wanted to inherit, missing out altogether.
To ensure your hard earned assets go where you want them to, you need to have a valid Will in place.
Do I need a will or anything else if I have no children or if I am single?
You may be young and healthy and without children, but you still need to spell out your wishes in case you die or can’t make medical decisions for yourself. Instructing a specialist to create a Will is simple, yet most people die without one, meaning sometimes the courts have to step in and distribute their assets according to the law, not necessarily how the deceased may have wanted. This all takes time and unnecessary expense.
Drawing up a Will, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills can be one of the best gifts you can give to your family and friends. When you can’t speak for yourself you want to make sure your medical and financial wishes are honoured. Producing these documents is a very selfless act that makes life so much easier for those you leave behind.
I can get a free will through my bank or my union. I could even write one myself so why should I pay you for one?
It is true that some establishments will produce Wills without charging for them. Is this a genuinely free offer or are there some drawbacks?
Typically, the Wills that are drafted are incredibly simple and are written without providing any advice. In some cases, there may be fees payable on death that may not have been made absolutely clear when you gave your instructions.
We will explain the whole process to you from start to finish and our qualified estate planners will provide advice throughout your consultation, allowing you to make the best and fully informed decisions that you can. We will not produce a Will for you until you are absolutely satisfied.
It is also true that you could try to write your own Will. You can even buy templates from High Street shops. This can be very risky as the simplest of mistakes can render the document invalid; you will receive no advice and you will have no recourse if you do make any errors. All our work is fully insured and we have over thirty years of combined experience producing Wills for our clients so you can be confident that you will receive a quality, fully advised and insured service. In other words, we take all the responsibility for making sure your wishes are documented correctly.
Why take the chance? Unless you are a qualified Will writer, we highly recommend you take specialist advice.
I have a will already, won’t that do?
It’s excellent news that you already have a Will in place. It is important, however, that this document is reviewed on a regular basis and kept up to date. As a simple Will health check, please have a look at the following questions:
Have you or your partner changed your name?
Has your relationship status changed?
Have you had any children or adopted a child?
Are all your children now over the age of 18?
Do you wish to change any of the people appointed as Guardians, Executors and are their addresses correct?
Are all the beneficiaries named in your Will alive, do you wish to change any of the details?
Do you wish to add any further beneficiaries i.e. grandchildren, family, friends or a charity?
Legislation affecting Wills was changed in October 2007. Was your Will written before this date?
Do any cash gifts need updating?
Do you want to guarantee your children will inherit no matter what your spouse/partner may do following your death, i.e. marry, remarry or cohabit?
Do you want or require inheritance tax planning?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then it would be prudent to review your Will as soon as possible. It is also important that you check your Will has been signed and witnessed correctly... and that you and your executors know where it is kept.
Why should I trust Quick-Wills with my final wishes?
Quick-Wills has a wealth of business experience and knowledge from within the Will writing and Estate Planning sector. Our management and staff are educated professionals with a track record of delivering services and products to customers at the very highest standards.
We are always evolving and learning to ensure that our credentials are up to date and we constantly provide the best practice when producing documents for our clients.
We offer a full range of private client legal services and all our work is fully insured. We specialise in providing Will and Estate Planning services and have over 60,000 satisfied clients. Your instructions will be taken by a qualified Will writer or Will and Estate Planning Consultant and, only when you are completely happy, will we produce your finished documents.
Why should I take Secure Storage with Dedicated Aftercare?
If you take advantage of our Secure Storage and Dedicated Aftercare facility you can ensure your Last Will and Testament is always kept up to date as our aftercare service includes updates to your Will without further charge. Personal circumstances change regularly and it is important that your Will keeps track with these changes and so, for a small annual fee, the benefits you receive are:
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