Choosing the right legal professional to draft your will is important, and we know you'll have questions. Below are some of our frequently asked questions and articles to help you learn more.
Prices vary on the size and complexity of your estate. A simple individual will could be written from as little as £100, but go up to around £400 depending on complexity. Joint wills, which you get together with a spouse, could cost between £200-£600, and a mirror will (where a couple have two wills that reflect the same wishes) costs around £250 for both.
You can find out more about what makes a will more complex and how it affects the cost in our guide: How much does a will cost?
Making a will lets you leave clear instructions about how your money and possessions are to be shared out when you die. If you have children under 18, a will allows you to appoint a legal guardian to look after them. Making a will can also ensure that you don't pay more Inheritance Tax than you need to. A legal service provider can provide you with expert advice about the best options for you.
If you die without a will, you have no say in what happens to your money and possessions. Your estate will be divided and may go to people you did not choose. Drafting a will gives you control over who inherits your estate.
If your will is likely to be uncomplicated, with very few assets, it is possible to do it yourself. But many worry that they may fill it out incorrectly, or it won't turn out to be legally viable when the time comes to reference it. Speaking to a professional can help you identify if you need your will to be written for you.
You should review your will regularly and also after any major change in your life. If you want to make small amendments to your will, your solicitor or will writer can produce a document to amend it (which you need to sign and have witnessed in the same way as a will). For major changes, a new will may need to be drafted.
A specialist wills solicitor can usually draft a will in a fairly short space of time depending on the complexity. A straightforward will can be drafted and signed within 1 to 2 weeks.
To make a will you should hire a wills and probate solicitor or a professional will writer. It's important that you choose a legal service provider with the right expertise when it comes to drafting a will. An experienced legal expert will be able to put you at ease and help you to think about how best to take care of your loved ones.
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