Your will is a legal document made to ensure that your wishes are carried out after death. A Will is a formal document subject to (quite complicated) technical requirements. Making a Will is sensible as it will:
1) Ensure those you wish to benefit from your possessions (especially your partner and children) do so, and not someone else (or the Crown if you have no close family)
2) Ensure that your affairs are concluded properly and quickly.
This service is for the production of a form of Will appropriate for straightforward situations, for example: a married couple with modest assets leaving everything to each other and then to their children; or a single person leaving everything to a small number of individuals. A couple may wish to make “Mirror Wills” whose provisions mutually reflect one another.
If you feel that your estate may have slightly more sophisticated requirements we can still assist so please Contact Us for a free consultation or further information.
Having the Will that we prepare executed in our office is an option included in the price, which we recommend you take advantage of. Choosing not to have your Will executed in the physical presence of a solicitor increases the possibility of any challenge to your Will being successful. If you choose not to have a solicitor present at the execution of your Will then we will have provided a “transcription only service” and we exclude all other liabilities for the making of such a Will.
How long will it take?
The time our work takes to conclude will depend on precisely what we are asked to do, but we would generally expect to have taken your instructions within two days of you having bought this product, and we would normally expect to have produced a useable template within 7 working days of your decision to buy the product. Special dispatch may be available where necessary (possibly at extra charge in some cases – please ask).
First we will find out from you the full circumstances surrounding your estate, executors/trustees and chosen beneficiaries. We will then produce a draft Will or Mirror Wills for your approval. Once the document has been approved we will arrange a meeting to guide you through the execution of the Will/Wills.
After the Will has been executed we will check that its execution appears to be legally compliant. If you wish, we will securely store the original for you, providing you with a copy for your records at no extra cost.
Our work will be charged at a fixed-fee of:
- £175.00 including VAT for a Single Will, or
- £270 including VAT for a pair of Mirror Wills
Our fee applies regardless of how much work we actually do. In some cases this may mean we'll get relatively better paid for doing less work than in other cases, in which the fixed fee will barely cover our costs. This is simply the nature of the mutual gamble between a solicitor and their client when they fix a fee.
More detail of all these matters will be outlined in our retainer letter which you will be able to review before you engage us, after pressing the “Buy” button on the website.
If you have any questions or require any further information, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.